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  05/25/20 - Hunter JohnsonrJr/2022, Northwestern, 6-1, 208 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  NU has a comically crowded QB room, with Indiana transfer Peyton Ramsey a godsend and the enormous favorite to start. Ramsey put up terrific numbers in 32 games as a Hoosier, improving his completion percentage each season from 65.4 to 66 to 68. He's athletic and has terrific leadership qualities. Contrast that with the group of NU quarterbacks who were absolutely abysmal last season, the worst in the nation. Hunter Johnson will push Ramsey if he bounces back from a trying season during which his mother was treated for breast cancer. Andrew Marty is NU's Tim Tebow, a powerful, gutsy, run-first QB who ran through Illinois (111 yards) in the season finale. TJ Green, who beat out Johnson and Smith before suffering a season-ending foot surgery, will return for a sixth season. - Chicago Tribune

(DS#16 QB) rJr/2022 QB Hunter JohnsonNorthwestern
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  04/05/20 - John RaineSr/2021, Northwestern, 6-1, 235 (DS#3 FB) + More +

  FAU's tight end contingent has taken another big loss. John Raine announced on social media that he's entered the transfer portal as a graduate transfer. He recorded 38 receptions for 343 yards and six touchdowns last year en route to the Owls winning the 2019 Conference USA title and 2019 Boca Raton Bowl. "I am thankful for everything, FAU," Raine tweeted on Saturday. "Excited for the next chapter!"

Raine's departure leaves a significant hole in FAU's tight end unit for the 2020 season with the Owls having zero career receptions returning at the position next year. Harrison Bryant, who became the first FAU football player in program history to be a unanimous All-American after leading all FBS tight ends in receptions (65) and yards (1,004), while scoring seven touchdowns last year, used his final season of eligibility in 2019 and has his sights set on the NFL. The Owls have three tight ends on their official roster and received a commitment from one in February that should be able to contribute immediately. Redshirt junior Logan Peterson, and redshirt freshmen Ryan Cameron and Rahmod Smith are expected to return to FAU next season. - Sun-Sentinel


(DS#3 FB) Sr/2021 FB John RaineNorthwestern
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  03/11/20 - Peyton RamseyrSr/2021, Northwestern, 6-1, 216 (DS#20 QB) + More +

  Northwestern wasn't the only team that contacted Ramsey the day he entered the transfer portal. Former Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio called Doug Ramsey the week before Dantonio retired. Ramsey also heard from several other Big Ten schools, multiple ACC schools and Washington. But Northwestern left a great first impression. In early February, Bajakian and wide receivers coach Dennis Springer visited Ramsey in Bloomington, Indiana. "Honestly, that was one of the main reasons that I felt so strongly about them and wanted to visit them before I went anywhere else," Ramsey said. Other college football coaches visited Ramsey in Bloomington. But Ramsey scheduled his first visit to Northwestern on March 7, and it wound up being his only visit. - The Daily Northwestern

(DS#20 QB) rSr/2021 QB Peyton RamseyNorthwestern
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  03/09/20 - Peyton RamseyrSr/2021, Northwestern, 6-1, 216 (DS#20 QB) + More +

  Northwestern has another quarterback joining the competition to revive a passing game that was the nation's worst in 2019. Peyton Ramsey, who played in 32 games for Indiana with 23 starts over the last three seasons, announced Monday on Twitter that he is transferring to Northwestern. As a graduate transfer, Ramsey will be eligible to play this fall. He has one season of eligibility remaining. - The Chicago Tribune

(DS#20 QB) rSr/2021 QB Peyton RamseyNorthwestern
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  03/05/20 - Hunter JohnsonrJr/2022, Northwestern, 6-1, 208 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Hunter Johnson doesn't want to be afraid to make mistakes anymore. After having a 2019 season to forget at Northwestern, the quarterback said he isn't worried about all of the game-ending injuries, the losses and the interceptions that defined his sophomore campaign. "There's good years and bad years," Johnson said. "I'm just moving on, everything about it. There's obviously some things I'm going to take from it, but you can't move forward looking back. I'm not looking back." New offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian is helping Johnson turn the page. After the highly-touted transfer from Clemson finished last season with just one touchdown and four interceptions in six games, Bajakian had a simple message for Johnson when he was hired to coach the Wildcats. Bajakian wants Johnson to be more decisive, even if he's wrong. "If I think I know the answer, (Bajakian) wants me to yell it out," Johnson said. "Be confident, and if you're wrong, then he'll let you know. But he'd rather us go for it and be wrong than just go through the motions."

Coach Pat Fitzgerald admitted he needs to do a better job helping Johnson be more confident during the season. Johnson felt pressure all last year as the assumed replacement to Clayton Thorson, the winningest quarterback in NU history. The Indiana native left all three of his final games of the 2019 season with an injury. His sophomore season ended with a 10-yard sack against No. 10 Minnesota in November, and Johnson finished the year with a 46.3 completion percentage. "What comes with that locomotive is the hype," Fitzgerald said. "It's unrealistic to expect a lot right away because it's new relationships, a new offense, new school. It's a lot of stuff that goes on." Heading into his third year with the program, Johnson knows he needs to play better to claim the starting spot in September. - The Daily Northwestern


(DS#16 QB) rJr/2022 QB Hunter JohnsonNorthwestern
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  01/27/20 - Peyton RamseyrSr/2021, Northwestern, 6-1, 216 (DS#20 QB) + More +

  Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey has entered his name in the transfer portal, a source confirmed Monday. This is a significant but not unexpected development for the Hoosiers’ quarterback room. Ramsey, the redshirt junior, lost his starting job to redshirt freshman Michael Penix Jr. in the preseason, though he proved to be an invaluable backup throughout the 2019 season and ended up totaling 2,454 yards and 13 touchdowns passing in relief. If he had stayed at IU for the 2020 season, Ramsey could have very well found himself backing up Penix. Instead, the 6-foot-2, 216-pounder can search for a situation where he is more likely to be the starter in his final collegiate season.

Ramsey’s spectacular play in 2019 just adds to a sense of loss. Despite multiple injuries to Penix, the Hoosiers were able to finish the season with the No. 2 pass offense in the Big Ten. Ramsey’s production was especially vital in road wins at Maryland and Nebraska, as well as the season finale at Purdue where he scored the game-winning touchdown in double overtime. On the year, the Hoosiers’ backup surpassed 300 yards passing three times, including a career-high 371 yards at Penn State. Along with his passing production, he was also a daring scrambler, amassing 252 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. - Indy Star


(DS#20 QB) rSr/2021 QB Peyton RamseyNorthwestern
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  12/16/19 - John RaineSr/2021, Northwestern, 6-1, 235 (DS#3 FB) + More +

  2019 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): TE John Raine, Sr., Florida Atlantic,...Florida Atlantic University football earned five First Team All-Conference USA honors, tied for the most for any team on offense and defense, added a Second Team recognition, and had 10 players pick up 11 honorable mention nods as well. Those six honorees join honorable mention recognition for Deangelo Antoine at both wide receiver and kick returner, alongside fellow offensive members in left guard Desmond Noel and tight end John Raine. Defensive tackle Ray Ellis and defensive end Tim Bonner, linebacker Rashad Smith, and a trio of defensive backs - safety Zyon Gilbert and corners James Pierre and Chris Tooley - were also recognized, as was long snapper Jonathan Sullivan. - Florida Atlantic Football

(DS#3 FB) Sr/2021 FB John RaineNorthwestern
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  12/05/19 - Joe GazianorSr/2020, Northwestern, 6-4, 282 (DS#22 DE) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Joe Gaziano, Northwestern,...Gaziano matched his career high with nine sacks this season while becoming Northwestern's all-time sacks leader with 30 in his career. He finished the regular season tied for fourth among Big Ten players in sacks and was third in the league with 17 tackles for loss. In addition to matching his career high in sacks, Gaziano set career highs in solo tackles (34), total tackles (49), tackles for loss (17), pass deflections (5) and fumble recoveries (2). The Scituate, Massachusetts, native finished his career as the program's leader in sacks and forced fumbles (10) and is second in program history with 48.5 career tackles for loss. - Northwestern Football

(DS#22 DE) rSr/2020 DE Joe GazianoNorthwestern
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  12/05/19 - Paddy FisherrSr/2021, Northwestern, 6-3, 241 (DS#10 ILB) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM (COACHES): LB Paddy Fisher, Northwestern,...Fisher continued his impressive career as the 'Cats' middle linebacker by leading the team with 89 tackles. He added six tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and a pair of forced fumbles in leading a defense that 25th in the country in yards allowed. A two-time team captain, Fisher had at least five tackles in all 12 games and reached double digits with 10 at Nebraska. He will enter his senior campaign just 15 tackles shy of cracking NU's top-10 all-time list. - Northwestern Football

(DS#10 ILB) rSr/2021 ILB Paddy FisherNorthwestern
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  2019 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Travis Whillock,...Whillock earned honorable mention honors for the first time in his career from the coaches. He finished with a career-high 78 tackles in 11 games, ranking fifth among Big Ten defensive backs with 6.5 tackles per contest. - Northwestern Football

(DS#31 SS) rSr/2021 SS Travis WhillockNorthwestern
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  2019 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Blake Gallagher,...Gallagher was a consensus honorable mention selection after finishing with 88 tackles and leading the Wildcats with three interceptions in his junior campaign. - Northwestern Football

(DS#14 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB Blake GallagherNorthwestern
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  12/05/19 - Rashawn SlaterSr/2021, Northwestern, 6-3, 314 (DS#4 OG) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Rashawn Slater,...Rashawn Slater and Jared Thomas anchored the Wildcats' offensive line in 2019 for first-year offensive line coach Kurt Anderson. The captain Thomas started all 12 games, while Slater started all 11 games he appeared in. The 'Cats' rushing attack surpassed 275 yaards in three games, including a season-high 383 in a win over Illinois, to finish fourth in the Big Ten with 180.1 yards per game. - Northwestern Football

(DS#4 OG) Sr/2021 OG Rashawn SlaterNorthwestern
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  12/02/19 - Hunter JohnsonrJr/2022, Northwestern, 6-1, 208 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Northwestern has parted ways with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mick McCall after a miserable season. Coach Pat Fitzgerald noted that McCall helped the Wildcats through nine postseason appearances and four bowl wins in 12 seasons, a tenure that included six all-Big Ten quarterbacks, including three who went to the NFL. Fitzgerald announced the move a day after Northwestern (3-9, 1-8 Big Ten) picked up its first conference win with a win at Illinois in the season finale. McCall previously spent five seasons at Bowling Green after stops at Wyoming, Oregon State and Idaho State. - AP College Football

(DS#16 QB) rJr/2022 QB Hunter JohnsonNorthwestern
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  12/02/19 - Coco AzemaSo/2023, Northwestern, 5-11, 185 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  DEC 2 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Coco Azema, Northwestern, RB, Cypress, Texas/Langham Creek, Rushed seven times for 123 yards and a 24-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of Northwestern's win over Illinois...Was making his debut on the offensive side of the ball after injuries forced his move from defensive back...Helped the Wildcats earn their fifth consecutive win in the Illinois series...Collects his first career Freshman of the Week award...Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Evan Hull (Nov. 18, 2019). - Big Ten football

(DS#999 CB) So/2023 CB Coco AzemaNorthwestern
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  11/30/19 - Peyton RamseyrSr/2021, Northwestern, 6-1, 216 (DS#20 QB) + More +

  Peyton Ramsey threw three touchdown passes and scored on a 1-yard run in the second overtime Saturday to give the Indiana Hoosiers a 44-41 victory at Purdue. The Hoosiers (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten) reclaimed the Old Oaken Bucket after losing two straight in their biggest rivalry. Purdue (4-8, 3-6) rallied from a 28-10 deficit late in the third quarter but only led once — when J.D. Dellinger started the second overtime with a 34-yard field goal to give the Boilermakers a 41-38 lead. But after throwing a 14-yard completion to Peyton Hendershot on third-and-10, Ramsey hurried the Hoosiers to the line of scrimmaged, snapped the ball quickly and kept it himself as his offensive linemen helped push him around the right side and into the end zone.

Teammates mobbed Ramsey, a two-year starter who lost the job in August, following the score. Ramsey finished 23 of 39 with 337 yards and no interceptions, running 19 times for 42 yards while scoring twice. Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell forced overtime with a 20-yard TD pass to David Bell and then hooking up with Brycen Hopkins on a 2-point conversion to tie the score with 2:48 left in regulation. O'Connell tied it again at 38 with a 6-yard TD pass to Hopkins on fourth-and-goal to end the first overtime. O'Connell was 28 of 49 for 408 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. - AP College Football


(DS#20 QB) rSr/2021 QB Peyton RamseyNorthwestern
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