Who Are Northwestern's New Offensive Weapons?

Posted Apr 8, 2012

From the Scout publishers, here's the inside info on the key questions this spring.

Spring 2012 - Key Questions


What's happening this spring season? Several FSN publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.

Q: Is the D line going to be better after being such a disappointment?

From Chris Emma, http://northwestern.scout.com … Northwestern's defensive line will be much improved this season. Pat Fitzgerald anticipates Tyler Scott is "on the cusp of being a breakout guy nationally." Redshirt freshman C.J. Robbins and Deonte Gibson could compete for playing time at the other end with senior Quentin Williams.

Will Hampton, Chance Carter and often-injured Brian Arnfelt will likely fill in the middle of the defensive line. Overall, this unit could be solid. A step up from the disappointing 2011 season would be a start.

Q: Are there any weapons to help out QB Kain Colter?

The Wildcats could feature one of the best receiving corps in the country this season. Former five-star and USC receiver Kyle Prater joins a group of up-and-coming receivers. If Prater is allowed to play this season, he will assume the role of No. 1 target for Colter.

Sophomore-to-be Christian Jones could be an impact player this year after showing strong development last season. Also, keep an eye on Tony Jones, who missed his sophomore season with injury issues. He is healthy and hasn't lost a step. This group will be very talented.

What's the biggest insider storyline from this spring that the average fan should know about?

The biggest, most important storyline is whether Kyle Prater will be allowed a NCAA waiver to play this season. Prater, a native of Chicago's west side, moved to Northwestern from USC, citing personal reasons. Fitzgerald stated that Northwestern has a strong precedent for its case, though hasn't expanded the details. Prater would be a true difference-maker for the Wildcats' offense this season.

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