2015 Northwestern Wildcats football
Outback Bowl, L 6–45 vs. Tennessee
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
CoachesNo. 22
APNo. 23
2015 record10–3 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachPat Fitzgerald (10th season)
Offensive coordinatorMick McCall (8th season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorMike Hankwitz (8th season)
Base defenseMultiple 4–3
Home stadiumRyan Field
(Capacity: 47,130)
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Template:2015 Big Ten football standings The 2015 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was Pat Fitzgerald's tenth season as the team's head coach. The Wildcats home games were played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. They were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 6–2 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for second place in the West Division. They were invited to the Outback Bowl where they were defeated by Tennessee 45-6.

Previous seasonEdit

The 2014 Northwestern Wildcats football team finished the regular season 5–7, 3–5 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for fifth place in the West Division. They had highlight wins against #18 Notre Dame and #17 Wisconsin.


Northwestern announced their 2015 football schedule on June 3, 2013. The 2015 schedule consist of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Wildcats will host Big Ten foes Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State, and Purdue and will travel to Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.[1]

The Wildcats hosted three of their four non conference games against Ball State, Eastern Illinois and Stanford. Northwestern traveled to Durham, North Carolina to face Duke of the Atlantic Coast Conference on September 19.

September 511:00 a.m.No. 21 Stanford*ESPNW 16–636,024
September 123:00 p.m.Eastern Illinois*
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNewsW 41–029,131
September 1911:30 Duke*No. 23ACCNW 19–1024,127
September 267:00 p.m.Ball State*No. 17
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNW 24–1930,107
October 311:00 a.m.MinnesotaNo. 16
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNW 27–030,044
October 102:30 No. 18 MichiganNo. 13BTNL 0–38110,452
October 1711:00 a.m.No. 17 IowadaggerNo. 20
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ABC/ESPN2L 10–4044,135
October 2411:00 NebraskaESPN2W 30–2889,493
November 711:00 a.m.Penn State
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNUW 23–2134,116
November 1411:00 a.m.PurdueNo. 24
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNW 21–1430,003
November 212:30 PMat No. 21 WisconsinNo. 20BTNW 13–775,276
November 282:30 PMat IllinoisNo. 17ESPNUW 24–1433,514
January 1, 201611:00 a.m.vs. Tennessee*No. 12ESPN2L 6–4553,202
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[2]


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Ranking movements
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NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.


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Coaches NR RV 24 19 17 14 21 RV RV RV 24 21 17 13 12 22

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2015 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Salem, ChristianChristian Salem 10px Jr
RB 4 Vault, SolomonSolomon Vault So
WR 5 Shuler, MilesMiles Shuler 10px Sr
WR 6 McHugh, MikeMike McHugh 10px Jr
QB 7 Alviti, MattMatt Alviti 10px So
WR 8 Buckley, StephenStephen Buckley 10px Jr
SB 9 Dickerson, GarrettGarrett Dickerson So
QB 10 Oliver, ZackZack Oliver 10px Sr
QB 11 Green, T. J.T. J. Green Fr
WR 11 Youngblood-Ary, PierrePierre Youngblood-Ary 10px Sr
RB 12 Anderson, AustonAuston Anderson 10px Fr
RB 13 Long, WarrenWarren Long Jr
WR 14 Jones, ChristianChristian Jones (C) 10px Sr
QB 14 Yates, LloydLloyd Yates Fr
WR 15 Wilson, MacanMacan Wilson 10px So
WR 16 Baker, QuinnQuinn Baker 10px So
QB 17 Kubiuk, DanielDaniel Kubiuk 10px Fr
QB 18 Thorson, ClaytonClayton Thorson 10px Fr
WR 19 Dickerson, CameronCameron Dickerson 10px Sr
RB 20 Moten IV, JohnJohn Moten IV Fr
RB 21 Jackson, JustinJustin Jackson So
WR 24 Gorogianis, MarkMark Gorogianis 10px So
WR 25 Dauch, LukeLuke Dauch 10px Sr
WR 36 Acker, CoreyCorey Acker 10px So
SB 40 Vitale, DanDan Vitale (C) Sr
WR 43 Johnson, ColeCole Johnson 10px So
SB 46 Lutzen, EricEric Lutzen 10px Fr
OL 53 Mogus, GeoffGeoff Mogus 10px Sr
OL 57 Frazier, MattMatt Frazier 10px Sr
OL 59 Butler, J. B.J. B. Butler 10px Fr
OL 63 Park, IanIan Park 10px Jr
OL 64 Otterman, AndrewAndrew Otterman Fr
OL 65 Thomas, JaredJared Thomas Fr
OL 68 Mahoney, ConnorConnor Mahoney 10px Jr
OL 69 North, BradBrad North 10px So
OL 70 Mertz, ShaneShane Mertz 10px Sr
OL 71 Doles, TommyTommy Doles 10px Fr
OL 72 Hance, BlakeBlake Hance 10px Fr
OL 73 DePietro, AdamAdam DePietro 10px Jr
OL 74 Bullmore, GrahamGraham Bullmore 10px So
OL 76 Oloson, EricEric Oloson 10px Jr
OL 78 Lemke-Bell, AdamAdam Lemke-Bell Fr
OL 79 Coverdale, SamSam Coverdale 10px So
WR 80 Carr, AustinAustin Carr 10px Jr
WR 81 Roberts, JelaniJelani Roberts Fr
WR 82 Scanlan, AndrewAndrew Scanlan 10px Jr
WR 83 Hanaoka, ChadChad Hanaoka So
WR 84 Green, CameronCameron Green Fr
WR 85 Cliff, ChrisChris Cliff Fr
SB 85 Szott, MarkMark Szott 10px Sr
WR 86 Nagel, FlynnFlynn Nagel Fr
WR 87 Kidd, GarrettGarrett Kidd 10px Sr
SB 88 Taylor, JaymeJayme Taylor 10px So
WR 89 Fessler, CharlieCharlie Fessler Fr
Pos. # Name Class
DL 1 Chapman, MaxMax Chapman 10px Sr
S 2 Henry, TraveonTraveon Henry (C) Sr
CB 3 Watkins II, KeithKeith Watkins II 10px So
DL 7 Odenigbo, IfeadiIfeadi Odenigbo 10px Jr
DB 10 Murray, JakeJake Murray Fr
DL 13 Gibson, DeonteDeonte Gibson (C) 10px Sr
S 16 Igwebuike, GodwinGodwin Igwebuike 10px So
CB 17 McShepard, MarcusMarcus McShepard 10px So
LB 18 Walker, AnthonyAnthony Walker 10px So
S 21 Queiro, KyleKyle Queiro 10px So
CB 22 Westphal, ParrkerParrker Westphal 10px Fr
CB 23 VanHoose, NickNick VanHoose 10px Sr
CB 24 Hartage, MontreMontre Hartage Fr
S 26 Brown, TerranceTerrance Brown 10px Jr
CB 27 Harris, MatthewMatthew Harris Jr
DB 28 Mayo, AlonzoAlonzo Mayo Fr
DB 29 Williams, TraeTrae Williams Fr
LB 31 Vitale, TommyTommy Vitale Fr
LB 32 Hall, NateNate Hall 10px Fr
DB 33 Reese, StevenSteven Reese Fr
LB 34 Short, SimbaSimba Short Fr
LB 35 Hruby, TomTom Hruby Jr
DB 38 Arowolaju, DamiDami Arowolaju Jr
S 41 McGee, JaredJared McGee 10px Fr
LB 42 Jones, JosephJoseph Jones 10px Jr
DL 44 Prather, JamesJames Prather 10px Fr
LB 45 Fox, NathanNathan Fox Fr
LB 46 Pierce-Adams, AnthonyAnthony Pierce-Adams 10px Fr
DB 47 Bergin, JoeJoe Bergin Fr
S 48 Odell, TommyTommy Odell 10px So
LB 49 Roberts, JoshJosh Roberts 10px So
LB 51 Prater, JaylenJaylen Prater 10px Jr
LB 53 Queiro, CameronCameron Queiro 10px Fr
DL 54 Goens, TrentTrent Goens Fr
LB 55 Smith, DrewDrew Smith 10px Sr
LB 56 Walsh, BrettBrett Walsh 10px So
DL 58 Reineke, HeathHeath Reineke 10px Fr
DL 67 Lancaster, TylerTyler Lancaster 10px So
DL 90 Robbins, C. J.C. J. Robbins 10px Sr
DL 92 Playko, KentonKenton Playko 10px Fr
DL 93 Kuhar, GregGreg Kuhar 10px Jr
DL 94 Lowry, DeanDean Lowry Sr
DL 95 Thompson, JordanJordan Thompson Fr
DL 97 Gaziano, JoeJoe Gaziano Fr
DL 98 Washington, XavierXavier Washington So
DL 99 Oxley, BenBen Oxley 10px Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 7 Mitchell, JackJack Mitchell 10px Jr
K, P 33 Micucci, MattMatt Micucci 10px Jr
K 38 Omilian, ArthurArthur Omilian 10px Sr
K 38 Weissenhofer, MasonMason Weissenhofer Fr
LS 52 Fitzpatrick, ChazChaz Fitzpatrick 10px Jr
P, K 96 Niswander, HunterHunter Niswander 10px So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Randy Bates (Linebackers)
  • Jerry Brown (Defensive Backs)
  • Adam Cushing (Offensive Line)
  • Mike Hankwitz (Defensive Coordinator)
  • Bob Heffner (Superbacks)
  • Marty Long (Defensive Line)
  • Matt MacPherson (Running Backs / Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Mick McCall (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
  • Dennis Springer (Wide Receivers)
  • Clay Bignell (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Chris Bowers (Director of Player Personnel)
  • Cody Cejda (Director of Football Operations)
  • Darby Dunnagan (Director of Video Operations)
  • David Girardi (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Dan Hernandez (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Jay Hooten (Director of Sports Performance for Football)
  • Tommy Rees (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Jacob Schmidt (Director of Player Development)
  • Troy Sutton (Assistant Director of Sports Performance for Football)
  • Mike Jasinski (Recruiting Intern)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Last update: December 30, 2015


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