Old 04-15-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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The emphasis has to be on stepping up the defensive side of the ball for Northwestern. Last season the defense gave up over 27 points a game, something this defense took to heart in the offseason and are working to make drastic improvements.

Kyle Prater still hasn't heard from the NCAA on whether or not he will be eligible to play in the fall for the boys. Prater is a USC transfer that came over in January. If he is cleared to play in the fall this team could turn some heads.

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Old 04-16-2012, 10:43 PM   #2
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Star of the game: Redshirt freshman defensive end Deonte Gibson capped a strong spring with 2.5 tackles for loss, including two "sacks."

How it went down: Rather than split into teams, Northwestern's offense went against the defense and the defense prevailed 47-43, thanks to a modified scoring system.

Northwestern's defense has struggled for the past season and a half, but the unit stepped up Saturday, recording six sacks and eight tackles for loss. The line had a big performance as four players contributed sacks, and defensive tackle Chance Carter returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown, which earned the defense 17 points.

"It should be a pick-17 every time -- especially for a defensive tackle," Carter joked.

The defense recorded two takeaways and limited third-down conversions (6 of 18) -- a major problem last season.
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