Crowded New England Patriots WR Corps: room for Jeremy Ebert?

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The New England Patriots truly have an abundance of talent at the wide receiver position. It’s probably their strongest and deepest group. Wes Welker may be very unhappy about his contract, but he claims he will not hold out this season. Chad Ochocinco tries to hold on for another year, former Illini star Brandon Lloyd will compete with Deion Branch to be the team’s deep threat, and 2007 perfect season role players Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth are back in the mix. Don’t forget Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater and Northern Illinois and Riverside-Brookfield High School product Britt Davis.

Jeremy Ebert from Northwestern is hoping to find his niche in New England as well.

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Michigan game could decide Northwestern’s season

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Four games into the season, it’s difficult to describe a game as must-win, particularly when you’re talking about Northwestern, and especially when the opponent is #12 Michigan. The Wolverines are 5-0 on the season, and have impressed thus far. The ‘Cats on the other hand, are in a two-losses-in-a-row slippery slope. Lose to Michigan, and that slope will get a whole lot steeper. [Read more…]

Illinois 38, Northwestern 35: Rapid Reaction

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It was a game that could have changed the Northwestern season. The Wildcats had Dan Persa back, had an 18-point lead on the road, and had momentum. Then, it all fell apart.

Northwestern did everything in its power to lose on the road at Illinois. So did the Fighting Illini. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, fate appeared to be favoring orange over purple in the Big Ten season opener. Northwestern fell to Illinois 38-35, allowing the Illini to keep possession of the Land of Lincoln trophy. [Read more…]

Northwestern suffers tough road loss to Army 21-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

After starting the season 2-0, Northwestern faced a tough test in the triple option offense of Army. Unfortunately for ‘Cats fans, Northwestern wasn’t as prepared for it’s second road game of the season, and NU fell 21-14. [Read more…]

Northwestern has Third (Tied) Most Preseason All-Americans

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GoDaddy.com has a 2011 Preseason All-American college football team, presented by NationalChamps.net. The company with commercials that everyone knows (Danica Patrick, that fake chested porn star Super Bowl ad) and whose actual business almost no one knows (they sell domain names, web hosting) has compiled a list honoring the projected legends of next fall.

The Northwestern Wildcats landed four on the list. Tying them for third, behind Alabama and Boise St.
They are:
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Dan Persa Named Big Ten All-Conference First Team Quarterback

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Northwestern’s Dan Persa (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) was selected as the All-Big Ten first team quarterback by a vote of the conference coaches while wide receiver Jeremy Ebert (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) is an All Big Ten first team choice of the conference media.

Persa, one of the most valuable and dynamic players in the Big Ten and all of college football, led Northwestern to a 7-3 record in 10 starts this season before suffering a season-ending injury in a victory over the then-No. 13 Iowa Hawkeyes on Nov. 13.

He ranks second in the Big Ten in passing yardage per game (258.1), total offense per game (310.0) and led the nation in completion percentage (73.5).

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Drake Dunsmore, Jeremy Ebert becoming Dan Persa’s Favorite Targets

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Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald’s Northwestern teams are great on the road in conference play, and usually get better as the season goes on. In his young coaching career, he is 9-4 in November. However, the flip side of that shows his teams losing at lot of games in the early preconference that the Cats have no business losing.

See Div 1-AA New Hampshire and Nevada in ’06, Duke in ’07 and Syracuse last year. And the “Cardiac Cats” have some ugly wins/narrow escapes against vastly inferior opponents in September too. See the opener against Vanderbilt this year, Eastern Michigan last season, Duke in ’08 and Nevada in ’07.

Maybe the key to reaching the proverbial “mid season form” this year will be finding good chemistry between the quarterback and the receivers earlier in the season. This year the Cats have to replace their top two wideouts. But it’s a better situation than the ’08 transition to ’09 when they had to replace their top three receivers.

QB Dan Persa is leading the nation in both completion percentage and passing efficiency. Contributing to these amazing numbers is superback Drake Dunsmore and wide receiver Jeremy Ebert.

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