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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 2: 28. Peter Skoronski, Jr, OG, Northwestern, 6-4, 315, 1,...Previous week, No. 29: The Wildcats rallied to beat Nebraska, 31-28, on August. 27, amassing 528 yards in the process (314 passing, 214 rushing). Skoronski was dominant, giving up zero sacks or hurries in 39 pass-block snaps. In fact, Northwestern's O-Line controlled Nebraska almost the entire game and didn't give up a sack. After a week off, Northwestern plays Duke Saturday (Sept. 10). - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  Evan Hull's 213 yards receiving for Northwestern against Duke were the most by a Bowl Subdivision running back since at least 2000, and his 14 catches were the most by a Northwestern back since Tyrell Sutton had 10 against Purdue in 2005. Before Saturday, Hull had never had more than six catches in a game or more than 87 receiving yards. He was the first Northwestern player to go over 200 receiving yards since receiver Flynn Nagel had 220 against Nebraska in 2018. - AP College Football

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  TRACKING TOP DRAFT PROSPECTS - WEEK 1: 29. Peter Skoronski, Jr, OG, Northwestern, 6-4, 315,...The Wildcats rallied to beat Nebraska, 31-28, on August. 27, amassing 528 yards in the process (314 passing, 214 rushing). Skoronski was dominant, giving up zero sacks or hurries in 39 pass-block snaps. In fact, Northwestern's O-Line controlled Nebraska almost the entire game and didn't give up a sack. After a week off, Northwestern plays Duke Saturday (Sept. 10). - Frank Cooney/NFL Draft Scout

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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 46. Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern, Junior. Notable 2021 stats: 11 pressures allowed in 410 pass-block snaps, 2 sacks. Last year's ranking: NR. Skoronski started all 12 games as a sophomore last season for Northwestern and was an all-conference selection by the coaches and media. He is already being projected as a first-round pick in the next NFL draft and has proven he is one of the top offensive lineman in the country. - ESPN.com

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  AUG 29 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ryan Hilinski, Northwestern, QB - Jr. - Orange, Calif. - Orange Lutheran,...Completed 27-of-38 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over Nebraska in Dublin, Ireland, becoming the first Northwestern quarterback to throw for 300+ yards and two or more touchdowns without an interception since Brett Basanez against Michigan State in 2005...Finished the first half completing 20-of-23 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns, while his 20 completions are more than Northwestern had in all but three games last season...Hillinski is the first Northwestern quarterback to complete over 70 percent (71.1) of his passes and throw for 300+ yards since Clayton Thorson against Bowling Green (76.7, 370) in 2017...Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award...Last Northwestern Offensive Player of the Week: Evan Hull (Sept. 27, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  AUG 29 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Luke Akers, Northwestern, P - Jr. - Nashville, Tenn. - Ravenwood,...Downed four punts inside the 20, including three punts pinned inside the 10-yard line on six attempts in Northwestern's 31-28 win over Nebraska in Dublin, Ireland at the 2022 Aer Lingus Classic...Averaged 40.83 yards per punt and downed Nebraska on the 1-yard line on his first-ever punt with the Wildcats...On his final punt of the game, pinned the Cornhuskers on their own 4-yard line with 2:12 remaining in the game, setting up the game-sealing interception...Garners the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career...Last Northwestern Special Teams Player of the Week: Charlie Kuhbander (Oct. 26, 2020). - Big Ten Football

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  AUG 29 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cameron Mitchell, Northwestern, CB - Jr. - Bolingbrook, Ill. - Bolingbrook,...Recorded his second-career interception in the fourth quarter and returned it 42 yards into Nebraska territory, setting up the eventual game-winning touchdown for Northwestern...Also tallied two pass breakups, tying his career-high...Finished with six total tackles, tied for third-most on the Wildcats...The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career...Last Northwestern Defensive Player of the Week: Blake Gallagher (Nov. 23, 2021). - Big Ten Football

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  Momentum. Drive times opportunity. Heart times hard work. Those are some of the staple phrases in Nebraska's national television spot. Such narration could also be used to describe Northwestern junior quarterback Ryan Hilinski's performance against the Cornhuskers on Saturday. "I was just excited to go out there and play with the guys because man, we've been through a lot this offseason and we're just excited to get out there and play football again," Hilinski said. "Show the people who the Wildcats are and they don't forget again." Hilinski, who didn't find out he was the starter until right before kickoff, was a man on a mission in Dublin.

His offseason preparation and confidence both internally and in offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian's playbook was evident early in the game. He started out a perfect 8-for-8 before an incomplete pass around three minutes into the second quarter. His next pass? A 41-yard touchdown throw to senior wideout Raymond Niro III. The highlight was a much-needed boost for NU after opening the 75-yard drive down 14-3 and on the backfoot against the Cornhuskers. "At the end of the day it was (about) playing within myself, playing within the offense," Hilinski said of his early start. "Coach Bajakian called a great game. That opening script we had was great and made me feel really calm." - The Daily Northwestern


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  Compared to Northwestern's offensive presence last season, the Wildcats had a strong presence offensively on the field. The group appeared solid, pushing past Nebraska's defensive line and rushing to the flat side and grab yards. Junior running backs Evan Hull and Cam Porter led the group combining for a total of 213 yards. With Porter's return to the field after an ACL injury ending his 2021 season short, the dynamic duo's presence on the field will be a key component to the Cats' offensive success. - The Daily Northwestern

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  Ryan Hilinski threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns to help Northwestern rally for a 31-28 victory over Nebraska in Saturday's season opener in Ireland. Northwestern handed the Cornhuskers their seventh consecutive loss going back to last season and added more pressure on embattled coach Scott Frost, who took the blame for a failed onside kick that changed the momentum of the game in the third quarter. The Wildcats (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) finished with 527 yards and gained a measure of revenge after their humiliating 56-7 loss to the Huskers last October. Nebraska hasn't won since then.

Nebraska (0-1, 0-1 Big Ten) was looking for a bounce-back season with a revamped offense following a 3-9 season, but the team and its many fans who made the trip are headed home bitterly disappointed. Quarterback Casey Thompson had a big game in his Huskers debut, throwing for 355 yards, but a fourth-quarter mistake was costly. Cameron Mitchell intercepted Thompson's pass and returned it almost 40 yards. Six plays later, Evan Hull ran it in from the 4 to give the Wildcats a 31-28 lead. Hull finished with 22 carries for 119 yards. Xander Mueller picked off a pass that bounced off receiver Wyatt Liewer's hands with 1:27 to play and the Wildcats sealed the win. - Northwestern/AP College Football


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  Perhaps the most NFL-ready player on the field, Northwestern left tackle Peter Skoronski is a returning all-Big Ten selection. Skoronski is one of four starters back along the Wildcats' offensive line, with right guard being the only position in flux. Garrett Nelson, Ochaun Mathis and Caleb Tannor all have their sights set on a big year filled with sacks and tackles for losses. Whichever group wins out in this battle will make life tough for the opposition. - Omaha World Herald

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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Peter Skoronski, Northwestern, Jr OT,...All-Big Ten First Team (coaches) and All-Big Ten Second Team (media) in 2021...Started all 12 games as a sophomore...Paved the way for Evan Hull's 1,000-yard season on the ground...All-Big Ten Second Team in 2020... First Northwestern first-year to do so since Paddy Fisher in 2017...247Sports True Freshman All-American. - Northwestern Football

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  2022 PRESEASON ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM NOMINEE: Ryan Hilinski, Northwestern University,...Northwestern junior quarterback Ryan Hilinksi has been nominated to Allstate's American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team. 114 student-athletes that were nominated show exemplary community service, academic dedication and impact on and off the field. This year's candidates are scholars, leaders and community champions. They have volunteered to build homes, mentor underserved kids and feed the hungry, as well as advocate against domestic violence and civil injustice. - Northwestern Football

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  For all the struggles Northwestern's passing offense went through last season, they would have multiplied tenfold if Peter Skoronski hadn't excelled as a blindside protector. That statement should hold true this year. The 'Cats don't have a proven quarterback, and the receiving core has to compensate for the loss of Stephon Robinson Jr. That leaves Skoronski - a projected All-American and NFL first-round draft pick - as Northwestern's most talented player contributing to its aerial attack. The star left tackle's impact only starts there. With Cam Porter now healthy, the running back room will be more explosive than it was in 2021. Skoronski's prowess as a lead blocker on the outside could help the 'Cats break off more big plays and move the chains with greater efficiency. He is the only lineman on the team versatile enough to substantially benefit every play. - InsideNU.com

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  Cam Mitchell made a significant jump in playing time in 2021 compared to his previous two years at Northwestern. Tasked with filling the gap in pass coverage left by now-Cleveland Brown Greg Newsome II, Mitchell finished the season with 37 solo tackles and six assisted with five passes defended. And, as his recent appearance at Big Ten Media days would suggest, expectations for the junior this season are even higher.

With the loss of Brandon Joseph in the secondary who settled in with the second most solo tackles and four passes defended in 2021, the pressure is on the entire Sky Team, corners and safeties, to find a way to improve from last season with a new identity. Now, with two coaches between the group, Matt MacPherson for DBs and Ryan Smith for corners specifically, it feels like there is a shift beginning in Jim O'Neil's defense with Cam Mitchell, A.J. Hampton and Coco Azema leading the way. - InsideNU.com


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