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2016 Northwestern Wildcats football
Pinstripe Bowl champion
Pinstripe Bowl, W 31–24 vs. Pittsburgh
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
2016 record7–6 (5–4 Big Ten)
Head coachPat Fitzgerald (11th season)
Offensive coordinatorMick McCall (9th season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorMike Hankwitz (9th season)
Base defenseMultiple 4–3
CaptainAustin Carr
Matthew Harris
Connor Mahoney
Anthony Walker
Home stadiumRyan Field
(Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →

Template:2016 Big Ten football standings The 2016 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by Pat Fitzgerald who is in his 11th 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.

ScheduleEdit

Northwestern announced its 2016 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2016 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Wildcats will host Big Ten foes Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, and will travel to Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Purdue.[1]

The team will host all three non–conference games which are against the Duke Blue Devils from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Illinois State Redbirds from the Missouri Valley Conference, and the Western Michigan Broncos from the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 311:00 a.m.Western Michigan*ESPNUL 21–2230,635
September 102:30 p.m.No. 10 (FCS) Illinois State*
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNL 7–930,748
September 177:00 p.m.Duke*
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNW 24–1334,464
September 246:30 p.m.No. 20 Nebraska
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNL 13–2440,284
October 111:00 a.m.at IowaESPNUW 38–3167,047
October 152:30 p.m.at Michigan StateBTNW 54–4075,625
October 2211:00 a.m.Indianadagger
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNW 24–1435,417
October 292:30 p.m.at No. 6 Ohio StateESPNL 20–24107,296
November 511:00 p.m.No. 8 Wisconsin
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ABCL 7–2142,016
November 1211:00 a.m.at PurdueBTNW 45–1730,548
November 192:30 p.m.at MinnesotaBTNL 12–2938,162
November 2611:00 a.m.Illinois
BTNW 42–2130,022
December 281:00 p.m.vs. No. 23 Pittsburgh*ESPNW 31–2437,918
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summariesEdit

Western MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 6 10 6 22
Wildcats 7 0 7 7 21




Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2013 NW, 38–17

Illinois StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 (FCS) Redbirds 0 6 0 3 9
Wildcats 0 0 0 7 7




Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2010 NW, 37–3

DukeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 0 7 0 6 13
Wildcats 7 0 10 7 24




Overall record Last meeting Result
9–8 2015 NW, 19–10

NebraskaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Cornhuskers 0 10 14 0 24
Wildcats 0 7 6 0 13




Overall record Last meeting Result
3–6 2015 NW, 30–28

at IowaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 10 7 14 7 38
Hawkeyes 7 14 3 7 31




Overall record Last meeting Result
24–50–3 2015 IOWA, 40–10

at Michigan StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 12 21 14 54
Spartans 14 3 14 9 40




Overall record Last meeting Result
17–37 2013 MSU, 30–6

IndianaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hoosiers 3 0 9 2 14
Wildcats 14 10 0 0 24




Overall record Last meeting Result
46–34–1 2012 NW, 44–29

at Ohio StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 10 7 3 20
#6 Buckeyes 10 7 0 7 24




Overall record Last meeting Result
14–60–1 2013 OSU, 40–30

WisconsinEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Badgers 0 10 3 8 21
Wildcats 0 7 0 0 7




Overall record Last meeting Result
53–57–5 2015 NW, 13–7

at PurdueEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 7 21 10 45
Boilermakers 10 0 7 0 17




Overall record Last meeting Result
29–50–1 2015 NW, 21–14

at MinnesotaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 6 6 12
Golden Gophers 6 6 3 14 29




Overall record Last meeting Result
34–52–5 2015 NW, 27–0

IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 14 7 0 21
Wildcats 14 7 14 7 42




Overall record Last meeting Result
49–55–5 2015 NW, 24–14

Pittsburgh–Pinstripe BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Panthers 3 7 7 7 24
Wildcats 0 14 7 10 31




Overall record Last meeting Result
3–3 1973 PITT, 21–14

RosterEdit

2016 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Nagel, FlynnFlynn Nagel So
RB 4 Vault, SolomonSolomon Vault Jr
WR 5 Fessler, CharlesCharles Fessler 10px Fr
WR 6 Roberts, JelaniJelani Roberts So
QB 7 Alviti, MattMatt Alviti 10px Jr
SB 9 Dickerson, GarrettGarrett Dickerson Jr
QB 10 Green, T. J.T. J. Green 10px Fr
QB 11 Smith, AidanAidan Smith Fr
RB 12 Anderson, AustonAuston Anderson 10px So
RB 13 Long, WarrenWarren Long Sr
QB 14 Yates, LloydLloyd Yates 10px Fr
WR 15 Wilson, MacanMacan Wilson 10px Jr
WR 16 Baker, QuinnQuinn Baker 10px Jr
QB 17 Kubiuk, DanielDaniel Kubiuk 10px So
QB 18 Thorson, ClaytonClayton Thorson 10px So
SB 19 Taylor, JaymeJayme Taylor 10px So
RB 20 Moten IV, JohnJohn Moten IV 10px Fr
RB 21 Jackson, JustinJustin Jackson Jr
WR 23 Reese, StevenSteven Reese 10px Fr
RB 25 Acker, CoreyCorey Acker 10px Jr
JR 26 Hanaoka, ChadChad Hanaoka So
RB 28 Larkin, JeremyJeremy Larkin Fr
RB 36 Brown, JesseJesse Brown Fr
SB 44 Prather, JamesJames Prather 10px So
SB 46 Lutzen, EricEric Lutzen 10px So
SB 48 Link, CodyCody Link Fr
OL 57 Kolwich, CamCam Kolwich Fr
OL 59 Butler, J. B.J. B. Butler 10px So
OL 60 Goosen, JasonJason Goosen Fr
OL 63 Park, IanIan Park 10px Sr
OL 64 Otterman, AndrewAndrew Otterman 10px Fr
OL 65 Thomas, JaredJared Thomas 10px Fr
OL 66 Urban, NikNik Urban Fr
OL 68 Mahoney, ConnorConnor Mahoney (C) 10px Sr
OL 69 North, BradBrad North 10px Jr
OL 70 Mertz, ShaneShane Mertz 10px Sr
OL 71 Doles, TommyTommy Doles 10px So
OL 72 Hance, BlakeBlake Hance 10px So
OL 73 Vogel, GunnarGunnar Vogel Fr
OL 74 Bullmore, GrahamGraham Bullmore 10px Jr
OL 75 Oxley, BenBen Oxley 10px So
OL 76 Olson, EricEric Olson 10px Sr
OL 77 Meyler, JesseJesse Meyler Fr
OL 78 Lemke-Bell, AdamAdam Lemke-Bell 10px Fr
OL 79 Coverdale, SamSam Coverdale 10px Jr
WR 80 Carr, AustinAustin Carr (C) 10px Sr
WR 81 Chiaokhiao-Bowman, RamaudRamaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman Fr
WR 82 Scanlan, AndrewAndrew Scanlan 10px Sr
SB 83 Reineke, HeathHeath Reineke 10px So
WR 84 Green, CameronCameron Green 10px Fr
WR 85 Tirmonia, JackJack Tirmonia Fr
WR 86 Lees, RileyRiley Lees Fr
SB 87 Eshoo, EricEric Eshoo Fr
WR 88 Skowronek, BennettBennett Skowronek Fr
WR 89 Johnson, ColeCole Johnson 10px Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 Walker, AnthonyAnthony Walker (C) 10px Jr
CB 3 Watkins II, KeithKeith Watkins II 10px Jr
DL 7 Odenigbo, IfeadiIfeadi Odenigbo 10px Sr
LB 10 Walsh, BrettBrett Walsh 10px So
CB 11 Harris, MatthewMatthew Harris (C) 10px Sr
DB 14 Murray, JakeJake Murray 10px Fr
S 16 Igwebuike, GodwinGodwin Igwebuike 10px Jr
CB 17 McShepard, MarcusMarcus McShepard 10px Jr
S 21 Queiro, KyleKyle Queiro 10px Jr
DB 22 Westphal, ParrkerParrker Westphal 10px So
CB 24 Hartage, MontreMontre Hartage So
DB 26 Bullock, BrianBrian Bullock Fr
DB 27 Campbell, RoderickRoderick Campbell Fr
DB 28 Mayo, AlonzoAlonzo Mayo 10px Fr
DB 29 Williams, TraeTrae Williams 10px Fr
LB 31 Vitale, TommyTommy Vitale So
LB 32 Hill, NateNate Hill 10px So
LB 34 Short, SimbaSimba Short 10px Fr
LB 35 Hruby, TomTom Hruby Sr
LB 40 Fisher, PaddyPaddy Fisher Fr
S 41 McGee, JaredJared McGee 10px So
LB 42 Jones, JosephJoseph Jones 10px Sr
LB 45 Fox, NathanNathan Fox 10px Fr
DB 47 Bergin, JoeJoe Bergin 10px Fr
S 48 Odell, TommyTommy Odell 10px Jr
LB 49 Roberts, JoshJosh Roberts 10px Jr
LB 50 Glackin, JangoJango Glackin Fr
LB 51 Prater, JaylenJaylen Prater 10px Sr
LB 53 Queiro, CameronCameron Queiro 10px So
DL 54 Goens, TrentTrent Goens 10px Fr
DE 55 Gooden, MarkMark Gooden Fr
DE 56 Washington, XavierXavier Washington Jr
DL 67 Lancaster, TylerTyler Lancaster 10px Jr
DL 90 Robbins, C. J.C. J. Robbins 10px Sr
DL 92 Wyatt, FredFred Wyatt 10px So
DL 93 Kuhar, GregGreg Kuhar 10px Sr
DE 94 Carnifax, TommyTommy Carnifax Fr
DL 95 Miller, AlexAlex Miller Fr
DL 97 Gaziano, JoeJoe Gaziano Fr
DT 98 Saunders, JakeJake Saunders Fr
DL 99 Thompson, JordanJordan Thompson So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 8 Mitchell, JackJack Mitchell 10px Sr
K, P 33 Micucci, MattMatt Micucci 10px Sr
K, P 38 Luckenbaugh, DrewDrew Luckenbaugh Fr
K 38 Weissenhofer, MasonMason Weissenhofer 10px Fr
LS 43 Gillikin, TylerTyler Gillikin Fr
LS 52 Fitzpatrick, ChazChaz Fitzpatrick 10px Sr
LS 58 Stroebel, TrevorTrevor Stroebel 10px Sr
P 96 Niswander, HunterHunter Niswander Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Randy Bates (Linebackers)
  • Jerry Brown (Assistant Head Coach / 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)
  • Chris Bowers (Director of Player Personnel)
  • Cody Cejda (Director of Football Operations)
  • Darby Dunnagan (Director of Video Operations)
  • David Girardi (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Jay Hooten (Director of Sports Performance for Football)
  • Jacob Schmidt (Director of Player Development)
  • Mike Jasinski (Recruiting Assistant)
  • Bryan Payton (Recruiting Assistant)
  • Christian Sarkisian (Recruiting Assistant)
  • Mike Kafka (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Steve Pursley (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Tim Brandon (Offensive Graduate Assistant)

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

Roster
Last update: November 7, 2016

Awards and honorsEdit

Weekly Awards
Player Award Date Awarded Ref.
Ifeadi Odenigbo Co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week October 3, 2016 [3]
Justin Jackson Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week October 17, 2016 [4]
Solomon Vault Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week October 17, 2016 [4]
John Moten IV Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week November 12, 2016 [5]
John Moten IV Big Ten Freshman of the Week November 29, 2016 [6]
Austin Carr Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year November 30, 2016 [7]

ReferencesEdit

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