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2015 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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.

2015 Northwestern Wildcats football
Northwestern Wildcats logo.svg
Outback Bowl, L 6–45 vs. Tennessee
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
Ranking
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)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 Michigan State xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 Ohio State x   7 1         12 1  
No. 12 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
Penn State   4 4         7 6  
Indiana   2 6         6 7  
Rutgers   1 7         4 8  
Maryland   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 9 Iowa xy   8 0         12 2  
No. 23 Northwestern   6 2         10 3  
No. 21 Wisconsin   6 2         10 3  
Nebraska   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

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.

ScheduleEdit

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.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
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 a.m.at 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 p.m.at No. 18 MichiganNo. 13BTNL 0–38110,452
October 1711:00 a.m.No. 17 Iowa No. 20
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ABC/ESPN2L 10–4044,135
October 2411:00 a.m.at 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
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[2]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR RV 23 17 16 13 20 RV RV RV 24 20 17 13 12 23 
Coaches NR RV 24 19 17 14 21 RV RV RV 24 21 17 13 12 22 
CFP Not released 21 18 20 16 14 13 Not released

RosterEdit

2015 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Christian Salem   Jr
RB 4 Solomon Vault So
WR 5 Miles Shuler   Sr
WR 6 Mike McHugh   Jr
QB 7 Matt Alviti   So
WR 8 Stephen Buckley   Jr
SB 9 Garrett Dickerson So
QB 10 Zack Oliver   Sr
QB 11 T. J. Green Fr
WR 11 Pierre Youngblood-Ary   Sr
RB 12 Auston Anderson   Fr
RB 13 Warren Long Jr
WR 14 Christian Jones (C)   Sr
QB 14 Lloyd Yates Fr
WR 15 Macan Wilson   So
WR 16 Quinn Baker   So
QB 17 Daniel Kubiuk   Fr
QB 18 Clayton Thorson   Fr
WR 19 Cameron Dickerson   Sr
RB 20 John Moten IV Fr
RB 21 Justin Jackson So
WR 24 Mark Gorogianis   So
WR 25 Luke Dauch   Sr
WR 36 Corey Acker   So
SB 40 Dan Vitale (C) Sr
WR 43 Cole Johnson   So
SB 46 Eric Lutzen   Fr
OL 53 Geoff Mogus   Sr
OL 57 Matt Frazier   Sr
OL 59 J. B. Butler   Fr
OL 63 Ian Park   Jr
OL 64 Andrew Otterman Fr
OL 65 Jared Thomas Fr
OL 68 Connor Mahoney   Jr
OL 69 Brad North   So
OL 70 Shane Mertz   Sr
OL 71 Tommy Doles   Fr
OL 72 Blake Hance   Fr
OL 73 Adam DePietro   Jr
OL 74 Graham Bullmore   So
OL 76 Eric Oloson   Jr
OL 78 Adam Lemke-Bell Fr
OL 79 Sam Coverdale   So
WR 80 Austin Carr   Jr
WR 81 Jelani Roberts Fr
WR 82 Andrew Scanlan   Jr
WR 83 Chad Hanaoka So
WR 84 Cameron Green Fr
WR 85 Chris Cliff Fr
SB 85 Mark Szott   Sr
WR 86 Flynn Nagel Fr
WR 87 Garrett Kidd   Sr
SB 88 Jayme Taylor   So
WR 89 Charlie Fessler Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 1 Max Chapman   Sr
S 2 Traveon Henry (C) Sr
CB 3 Keith Watkins II   So
DL 7 Ifeadi Odenigbo   Jr
DB 10 Jake Murray Fr
DL 13 Deonte Gibson (C)   Sr
S 16 Godwin Igwebuike   So
CB 17 Marcus McShepard   So
LB 18 Anthony Walker   So
S 21 Kyle Queiro   So
CB 22 Parrker Westphal   Fr
CB 23 Nick VanHoose   Sr
CB 24 Montre Hartage Fr
S 26 Terrance Brown   Jr
CB 27 Matthew Harris Jr
DB 28 Alonzo Mayo Fr
DB 29 Trae Williams Fr
LB 31 Tommy Vitale Fr
LB 32 Nate Hall   Fr
DB 33 Steven Reese Fr
LB 34 Simba Short Fr
LB 35 Tom Hruby Jr
DB 38 Dami Arowolaju Jr
S 41 Jared McGee   Fr
LB 42 Joseph Jones   Jr
DL 44 James Prather   Fr
LB 45 Nathan Fox Fr
LB 46 Anthony Pierce-Adams   Fr
DB 47 Joe Bergin Fr
S 48 Tommy Odell   So
LB 49 Josh Roberts   So
LB 51 Jaylen Prater   Jr
LB 53 Cameron Queiro   Fr
DL 54 Trent Goens Fr
LB 55 Drew Smith   Sr
LB 56 Brett Walsh   So
DL 58 Heath Reineke   Fr
DL 67 Tyler Lancaster   So
DL 90 C. J. Robbins   Sr
DL 92 Kenton Playko   Fr
DL 93 Greg Kuhar   Jr
DL 94 Dean Lowry Sr
DL 95 Jordan Thompson Fr
DL 97 Joe Gaziano Fr
DL 98 Xavier Washington So
DL 99 Ben Oxley   Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 7 Jack Mitchell   Jr
K, P 33 Matt Micucci   Jr
K 38 Arthur Omilian   Sr
K 38 Mason Weissenhofer Fr
LS 52 Chaz Fitzpatrick   Jr
P, K 96 Hunter Niswander   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)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: December 30, 2015

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "B1G Releases 2015 Big Ten Football Schedule" (Press release). Northwestern University Department of Athletics. June 3, 2013. Archived from the original on January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "2015 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved January 17, 2015.