3. TOP NORTHWESTERN PLAYERS
Best Northwestern Offensive Player
QB Hunter Johnson, Soph.
Yeah, let’s go ahead and put the pressure on the new guy right out of the box. The 6-2, 208-pounder was looking at Northwestern when he was first recruited out of Indiana, but the five-star prospect chose Clemson. He was supposed to be the main man right away, but he had to wait his turn behind Kelly Bryant, and then that Trevor Lawrence guy was brought in. Johnson is good, but he’s not Lawrence.
While he’s not huge, he has a live, accurate arm with tremendous speed. In a perfect world he only has to use his mobility once in a while as he looks and plays the part of – possibly – the most talented quarterback prospect to ever come to Evanston.
2. OT Rashawn Slater, Jr.
3. RB Isaiah Bowser, Soph.
4. WR Bennett Skowronek, Sr.
5. C Jared Thomas, Sr.
Best Northwestern Defensive Player
LB Paddy Fisher, Jr.
It takes something special to be Pat Fitzgerald’s star linebacker. The 6-4, 241-pound Fisher has been a tackling machine over his first two seasons with 229 tackles with 14 tackles for loss.
He might not be a pass rusher – that’s not his job – but he’s decent in coverage and he’s a volume tackler with 18 in the loss to Duke and 19 in the win over Michigan State. With Fisher combining with Blake Gallagher, Northwestern has the core of one of the Big Ten’s best linebacking corps.
2. LB Blake Gallagher, Jr.
3. DE Joe Gaziano, Sr.
4. S JR Pace, Jr.
5. S Travis Whillock, Jr.