2018 NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS FOOTBALL PREVIEW
HEAD COACH: Pat Fitzgerald, 13TH SEASON
RECORD AT SCHOOL: 87 – 65
CAREER RECORD: 87 – 65
2017 RECORD: 10 – 3, 7 – 2 Big Ten
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Mick McCall
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Mike Hankwitz
STADIUM: Ryan Field (47,130)
August 30 at Purdue
September 8 Duke
September 15 Akron
September 29 Michigan
October 6 at Michigan State
October 13 Nebraska
October 20 at Rutgers
October 27 Wisconsin
November 3 Notre Dame
November 10 at Iowa
November 17 at Minnesota
November 24 Illinois
Nevada 31 – 20
Duke 17 – 41
Bowling Green 49 – 7
Wisconsin 24 – 33
Penn State 7 – 31
Maryland 37 – 21
Iowa 17 – 10 OT
Michigan State 39 – 31 3OT
Nebraska 31 – 24 OT
Purdue 23 – 13
Minnesota 39 – 0
Illinois 42 – 7
Kentucky 24 – 23
2017 STATS – OFFENSE
2017 STATS – DEFENSE
FIVE – YEAR WINNING TREND
2013: 5 – 7
2014: 5 – 7
2015: 10 – 3
2016: 7 – 6
2017: 10 – 3
RETURNING STARTERS OFFENSE: 7
RETURNING STARTERS DEFENSE: 6
PASSING: Clayton Thorson, 262 – 434 –2,844 – 15TD – 12INT
RUSHING: Jeremy Larkin, 84 – 503 – 5TD
RECEIVING: Flynn Nagel, 48 – 489 – 2TD
TACKLES: Paddy Fisher, 113
SACKS: Joe Gaziano, 9.0
INTERCEPTIONS: Montre Hartage, 3
2018 TOP 10 RECRUITS
Devon O’Rourke, DE Mokena, Illinois
Andrew Leota, DE Asheville, North Carolina
Khalid Jones, LB Duncan, South Carolina
Wyatt Blake, G Crystal Lake, Illinois
Greg Newsome, CB Chicago, Illinois
Isaiah Bowser, RB Sidney, Ohio
Jason Whittaker, QB Rockford, Michigan
Jeremiah McDonald, S Slidell, Louisiana
Jacob Jefferson, WR Houston, Texas
Payne He’Bert, OT Pearland, Texas
Northwestern returns seven starters on offense including players in key positions. The Wildcats have a veteran offensive line and expectations are high for a group that returns four starters. LT Blake Hance, LG JB Butler, RG Tommy Doles and RT Rashawn Slater anchor the front five. Slater has the ability to be in All-Big 10 performer.
Quarterback Clayton Thorson will need protection after coming off an ACL tear in Northwestern’s bowl game against Kentucky. He is hoping to be ready for the August 30 season opener against Purdue, but just in case Coach Fitzgerald and his staff are prepping Junior TJ Green, Aiden Smith or redshirt freshman Andrew Marty. Thorson threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2017.
Northwestern’s skill positions are in good shape with the return of leading receiver Flynn Nagel. Nagel caught 48 passes for 489 yards last season. He’ll be joined by Ben Skowronek, Solomon Vault, Jace James, Jelani Roberts and Riley Lees. Cam Green and Trey Pugh will be the top two tight ends.
Coach Fitzgerald must find a way to replace all – time leading rusher Justin Jackson. Jeremy Larkin is the most likely candidate after averaging 6.0 yards per carry as Jackson’s backup in 2017.
This could be the strength of Northwestern football in 2018. The Wildcats have All-Big 10 candidates in junior DE Joe Gaziano, sophomore DE Samdup Miller and sophomore LB Paddy Fisher. Gaziano and Miller combined for 14.5 sacks and 16 quarterback hurries in 2017. Fisher forced four fumbles which tied for the Big Ten lead. Senior linebacker Nate Hall led Northwestern with 16.5 tackles for loss to go along with 5.0 sacks and two interceptions. DT Jordan Thompson will step in for the graduated Tyler Lancaster. Depth at linebacker will be a concern for Northwestern, but Blake Gallagher and Nathan Fox are both expected to vie for playing time on the outside.
CB Montre Hartage is the lone starter in the secondary. He will be joined by corner Trae Williams and safeties JR Pace and Jared McGee. Alonzo Mayo and Roderick Campbell will be solid backups.
Kicker Charlie Kuhbander was solid in his sophomore season, but the Wildcats are hoping he can extend his distance. Only two of his 13 field goals last season were beyond 39 yards. Northwestern will be looking for a new punter this fall, but they will get kick returner Solomon Vault back following an injury.
Northwestern has plenty of momentum after surprising many around the country with 10 wins last season. Much will depend on the health of quarterback Clayton Thorson. He is extremely smart, has a big arm and is a competitor. With question marks about his health and the loss of running back Justin Jackson, the Wildcats will need both the offensive and defensive lines to increase their level of play. The schedule is difficult but the good news is they don’t play Ohio State and Penn State this season.
PROJECTED RECORD: 6 – 6, 5 – 4 Big Ten
COACH PAT FITZGERALD’S COMMENTS AT BIG 10 MEDIA DAYS
THE MODERATOR: We’re joined by Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald.
PAT FITZGERALD: Obviously a great honor and a privilege for me to be here as the head football coach at Northwestern. Seems like yesterday that I started off the first year, and now 13 years later, time sure does fly.
I appreciate what you all do for our game, for Northwestern, for the Big Ten Conference and most especially for our players. Obviously the branding opportunities that they get and the stories and their personal stories and journeys that you tell about them and their families are ones that they’ll live with for a lifetime.
We appreciate absolutely all you do. I’d like to welcome Scott Frost to the Big Ten. Obviously it’s great to only have one coaching change. It’s pretty rare to only have one. So it’s great to only have one. And I want to welcome Scott and his family to the Big Ten Conference.
Exciting times in Evanston. I’m so proud of our young men. Another stellar academic year team GPA of 3.2. Team record. And obviously led the conference in academic All Big Ten performers and distinguished scholars and led the nation in APR in graduation success rates. We do not take that for granted. It’s the young men that we recruit. It’s the families that we recruit. It’s great academic support and we’re absolutely incredibly proud of the job our young men do.
Obviously it’s been well documented about our new home, Walter Athletics Center and Ryan Fieldhouse. We’ve been in there for roughly about five and a half weeks now, and to see the improvement and efficiency and the day-to-day opportunities for our guys as we’re now fully integrated to our campus.
We’re not quite sure how great it’s going to be yet this fall because this summer’s been absolutely spectacular. We’re incredibly thankful and grateful for our great president, Morty Schapiro; our trustees; the best director of athletics in Jim Phillips; and amazing donor families and we look forward to obviously making everyone proud that made that a reality. When I walked in there the first day, the first thing that jumped out to me were the young men that played here and the coaches that played here before us.
We stand upon their shoulders and we’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity to move into what’s been documented as the best facility in college athletics.
Now to have the longest winning streak in FBS football right now with eight, going into the opener obviously is going to be a huge challenge against Purdue. And our 27 wins over the last three years is our program’s best.
And so a lot of positive momentum obviously in the classroom and on the field, and excited for next Wednesday when we get together and get the season started.
Couple of thank yous, first and foremost, to Jerry Brown, our great retired assistant head football coach with us for 25 years. I wish him and Denise a great retirement and a ton of fun. And Randy Bates, our great linebacker coach, has moved on to the opportunity to be DC at Pitt.
With those two guys departing us, we’re very thankful to them and their families, but incredibly excited to add Jeff Genyk as our special teams coordinator. Jeff was my coach in my last college game. It’s his third stop at Northwestern, and he’ll coordinate our special teams. And bringing Lou Ayeni in to coach our running backs, who I had the privilege to coach, and was one of our GAs, along with Timmy McGarigle, who will coach our linebackers and who had the privilege to recruit and coach and was one of our GAs. Great to have.
Although what looks like change from the outside, great continuity bringing back guys with fresh ideas with those that have been a part of the Wildcat family in the past. Excited to have them be a part of our football family again.
We’ve had a great summer. We’ve set numbers of records, personal bests in the weight room. Jay Hooten and his staff have done a terrific job. Look forward to hopefully taking that work we’ve done now since January and kicking the season off the right way as we get going next Wednesday. Thank you for all that you do.
THE MODERATOR: Questions.
Q. Paddy Fisher named to the preseason honors. What do you make of the narratives that have labeled him as a mini you or a baby Fitz?
PAT FITZGERALD: I don’t think that’s fair for him. He’s a much better athlete. Paddy Fisher is an absolute terrific football player. You look at his body of work from just one season, I think it speaks for itself.
He’s a big man. He’s all, of course, 245 pounds. He can run, and he’s obviously very physical. He’s got a great football IQ. That comes from his pedigree in high school, one of the powerhouse programs in the country from Katy, Texas. Just so proud of him in year one and look forward to him to continue to grow and get better.
Q. You mentioned the longest FBS winning streak right now. Tough first game against Purdue. Last year you guys started 2-3. How big is it for you guys to take that momentum, from last season, which is tough, and hit the ground running this year against Purdue?
PAT FITZGERALD: I knocked that out of my memory, so let’s not talk about the beginning of last year. It was a tough start, two years in a row, frankly. And prior to that we won every opener and had been very competitive I think earlier in the year.
You look at everything in the offseason, especially when you’ve been at a place as long as I have. You look at the way you practice. You look at the way you train: Do we give our guys enough rest, do we feel like we’re out of training camp going. There’s all the things that you overanalyze. But I think you hang your hat on your process and you really talk at length with your players.
You heighten the awareness of what we need to do, and obviously you have the challenge of the opener of going on the road, playing an incredibly well-coached team. Coach Brohm and his staff did an outstanding job last year. We already knew they were very talented at Purdue from the years we played them in the past. But that glue got all put together a year ago. And to have it in the opener will be a huge challenge for us on the road.
But with a challenge comes an opportunity. And I expect our guys to prepare properly in camp, and I don’t really need to motivate them a whole lot. I think we know what the task is that is at hand.
Q. What are your goals for your opening game?
PAT FITZGERALD: Goals for the opening game is to find a way to win. I’ve been doing this long enough to keep it simple. You know, as I look at that challenge, like I said earlier, it’s going to be huge. I mean, anytime you go on the road to play a conference opponent, regardless if it’s September or November, it’s a huge challenge. And we know what the task is at hand.
Q. With sports betting now becoming legal in several states and it’s probably going to be legal in more states moving forward, is it important for college football programs to become more transparent with their injuries?
PAT FITZGERALD: I think it’s, first and foremost, important that we educate our guys and the understanding of the issues that surround gambling and understand from a standpoint of what may end up happening to them in dorms, people asking them questions that maybe they’ve never been asked before. These new instant friends that they have as true freshmen, things of that nature. So the education piece is really going to be important.
You know, we have an injury report at Northwestern that we’ve done for a number of years. I’ve been accused of sometimes being honest and sometimes being less than honest.
I would agree with that. You know, quite frankly. But if we move forward to where we have to have a fully transparent conference-wide or national one, I’d have no problem with that, as long as we adhere to it.
There needs to be accountability. If there’s not accountability to it, then I’ll do whatever I have to do to protect our players, first and foremost, and protect our program second, in full disclosure of transparency.
Q. Pat, seems every year at this event people are talking about the East versus the West and kind of the power balance there about which side of the division is stronger. In your opinion, playing in the West, do you feel that the West is beginning to catch up, or do you feel that there are things that have happened in the West facilities or coaches that have reshaped the way the west looks?
PAT FITZGERALD: You know, Mike, it’s a great question. I heard it asked earlier when I was eating my lunch. I think there’s great competitive balance top to bottom in this league.
As I look at where we’re at in the West right now, I think there’s incredibly well-coached football teams. As I mentioned about adding Scott this year, you look at the success he’s had the last few years, unbelievable. And Nebraska has always been a powerhouse, and they’ll be back. I know that, as a college football fan first.
You look at everybody in our conference, I think we’re as competitive as anywhere in the country. We’ve got a winning record in the last few years against the East. So we’re doing our part. We’ve just got to get to Indy to really do our part. That’s obviously the next task at hand.
Q. Obviously replacing Justin Jackson is no easy task. What have you seen from the running backs in the offseason, your expectations for them moving forward?
PAT FITZGERALD: You can’t replace Justin Jackson. That’s impossible. I’ve been fortunate to be here at Northwestern for a number of years where I’ve had a number of backs like Justin. I was texting with Tyrell Sutton a few weeks ago coming back to be an honorary captain.
When I was up here, I was asked about him: How do you replace Tyrell? You just don’t. That footprint in the sand is so large. It’s now somebody’s opportunity. I think we saw a lot of Jeremy Larkin last year. I think his yards for carry might have been better than Saquon’s. Maybe a little smaller body of work, but just as explosive. I thought the bowl game was a really good showing by him.
Two years ago John Moten had a great campaign, battled through injuries. And we’ve got more guys that as we move through camp I think we’ve got great competitive depth there, and I expect that room to be very competitive from the standpoint of not only who is going to start but who is going to play, not only in the backfield but a lot of different roles for our offense and our football team in the kicking game.
Q. This new redshirt rule that comes into play this year, how does that affect you guys, and how do you guys plan to utilize that?
PAT FITZGERALD: I’m fired up about that rule. I think there’s a lot of coaches in the country excited about it. First of all, it’s great for players. I was one of those really below-average guys that played as a true freshman. I was the best of the worst. And it was not a very good experience for our defense when I was out there. I would have been a lot better if I only played in four games, I promise you that.
But you talk to any young man you recruit, they all want to play. The hardest year for any young player is the year that he sits out as he comes into college. So now that we have the opportunity to motivate them through the opportunity to play and then still have that redshirt in our place, the opportunity to go to graduate school at Northwestern, you know, it’s still really sacred to me. So I’ll make sure that I manage that the right way.
But as we get into really the meat of October and November, I think it gives us an opportunity when maybe we have some guys that are banged up the opportunity to maybe plug a guy in here or there to continue to have us have competitive depth, especially in a place like Northwestern, we’ve got 27 great young men that walk on, that group gets added to the mix, too, along with our scholarship players from a standpoint of opportunity to hopefully bolster our special teams if not anything else. So I think it’s great from a health and safety standpoint. And also obviously for us for the flexibility from a coaching standpoint, it’s huge.
Q. Given the way many of us got to know you, which was as kind of unheralded player who helped lead Northwestern’s initial push to the Rose Bowl and all of that, the underdog narrative, so to speak, has always really seemed to suit you. So now you’ve got this best facilities in the land. It’s a completely different place to come from. Does leading from the front, so to speak, does that suit you too? How do you feel you’ll do with that?
PAT FITZGERALD: I think it’s a little bit quick for leading from the front. We haven’t won any Big Ten championships in a while. I think it comes down to the products you put on the field. It comes to support. It shows we’re all in as a program. We made a total commitment to our athletes. Maybe we’re in the past and you think especially the guys that played for us in the ’70s and ’80s that commitment was not there.
And now to see the leadership at our university step up and make that type of commitment, I believe gives us an opportunity to compete for championships now at a consistent basis. And that’s always been my expectation, but now this gives us an opportunity in my opinion to be able to do that.
It’s one thing to be consistently a bowl team, consistently successful on the field. It’s another thing to consistently compete for championships. And we’re not there yet. But I believe this commitment to our facilities but most importantly to our student-athletes gives us every opportunity to do that.
2018 Football Roster
2 Flynn Nagel WR 5-11 194 Sr. Lemont, Ill. / Lemont
3 Trae Williams DB 6-0 212 Jr. The Plains, Ohio / Athens
4 Solomon Vault WR 5-10 192 Sr. Gaithersburg, Md. / Gaithersburg
5 Charlie Fessler WR 6-3 210 Jr. Erie, Pa. / Cathedral Prep
6 Jelani Roberts WR 5-8 172 Sr. Owings Mills, Md. / The Gilman School
7 Travis Whillock DB 6-1 205 So. Katy, Texas / Katy
8 Kyric McGowan WR 5-10 191 So. Dalton, Ga. / Dalton
9 Roderick Campbell DB 6-0 193 Jr. St. Louis, Mo. / Chaminade College Prep
10 TJ Green QB 6-2 202 Jr. Leawood, Kan. / Rockhurst
10 Alonzo Mayo DB 5-11 188 Jr. Baltimore, Md. / The Gilman School
11 Aidan Smith QB 6-2 205 So. Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll
13 Andrew Marty QB 6-3 218 R-Fy. Cincinnati, Ohio / Wyoming
13 JR Pace DB 6-1 193 So. College Park, Ga. / Woodward Academy
14 Charlie Kuhbander K 6-0 189 So. Springboro, Ohio / Springboro
15 Jace James 6-0 194 So. Carol Stream, Ill. / Glenbard North
16 Berkeley HolmanWR 5-11 176 R-Fy. Irvine, Calif. / Saint John Bosco
17 Jalen Brown WR 6-1 198 Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. / Mountain Pointe
17 Daniel Kubiuk P 6-1 210 Sr. Barrington, Ill. / Barrington
18 Cameron Ruiz DB 5-11 168 R-Fy. Lake Villa, Ill. / Lakes Community
18 Clayton Thorson QB 6-4 225 Sr. Wheaton, Ill. / Wheaton North
19 Riley Lees WR 6-0 193 So. Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville
20 John Moten IV RB 6-0 203 Jr. St. Louis, Mo. / John Burroughs School
22 Bryce Jackson DB 6-1 188 R-Fy. Lantana, Texas / John H. Guyer
23 Steven Reese WR 6-2 208 Jr. Buford, Ga. / Buford
24 Alex Bousky RB 5-11 170 Sr. Peoria, Ill. / Peoria Notre Dame
24 Montre Hartage CB 6-0 195 Sr. Cordele, Ga. / Crisp County
25 Isaiah Bowser RB 6-1 205 Fy. Sidney, Ohio / Sidney
25 Austin Hiller DB 6-2 197 R-Fy. Lakeway, Texas / Lake Travis
26 Brian Bullock DB 5-11 193 So. Round Rock, Texas / Round Rock
26 Chad Hanaoka RB 5-6 188 Sr. Honolulu, Hawaii / ‘Iolani School
27 Jeremiah McDonald DB 6-3 187 Fy. Slidell, La. / Northshore High
28 Jeremy Larkin RB 5-10 194 So. Cincinnati, Ohio / La Salle
29 Greg Newsome II DB 6-1 170 Fy. Chicago, Ill. / IMG Academy (Fla.)
32 Nate Hall LB 6-2 230 Sr. Toledo, Ohio / Southview
34 Chee Anyanwu LB 6-2 204 R-Fy. Buford, Ga. / Buford
35 Erik Mueller LB 6-2 225 So. Wheaton, Ill. / Wheaton North
36 Jesse Brown RB 5-11 198 So. Lilburn, Ga. / Brookwood
37 Cody Gronewold P 6-1 170 R-Fy. Lincoln, Neb. / Northeast
37 Donovan Sermons DB 5-11 185 R-Fy. Pomona, Calif. / Damien
38 Drew Luckenbaugh K/P 6-1 206 So. Spring Grove, Pa. / Spring Grove
39 Mason Weissenhofer K 6-1 210 Jr. Planfield, Ill. / Montini Catholic
40 Peter McIntyre LB 6-2 221 R-Fy. Perrysburg, Ohio / Saint Johns’ Jesuit
41 Jared McGee S 6-1 220 Sr. Mansfield, Texas / Mansfield Legacy
42 Paddy Fisher LB 6-4 245 So. Katy, Texas / Katy
43 Tyler Gillikin LS 6-2 220 So. Atlanta, Ga. / Westminster
44 Khalid Jones LB 6-1 225 Fy. Greenville, S.C. / Byrnes
44 James Prather SB 6-4 265 Sr. Memphis, Tenn. / Memphis University School
45 Nathan Fox LB 6-2 230 Jr. Houston, Texas / Clear Lake
46 Troy Hudetz LB 6-2 222 So. Naperville, Ill. / Naperville Central
47 Joe Bergin DB 5-11 200 Jr. Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Detroit Country Day
48 Peter Snodgrass LS 6-0 203 R-Fy. Palo Alto, Calif. / Palo Alto
49 Chris Bergin LB 5-11 200 So. Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Detroit Country Day
50 Jango Glackin LB 6-0 225 So. Lebanon, Ohio / IMG Academy (Fla.)
51 Blake Gallagher LB 6-1 221 So. Raynham, Mass. / Saint Sebastian’s
52 Sam Gerak OL 6-3 278 R-Fy. Avon, Ohio / Avon
53 Andrew Leota DL 6-4 218 Fy. Asheville, N.C. / Asheville
54 Trent Goens DL 6-3 254 Jr. Chino Hills, Calif. / Chino Hills
55 Mark Gooden DE 6-1 251 So. Reynoldsburg, Ohio / Reynoldsburg
57 Cam Kolwich OL 6-5 292 So. Beverly Hills, Mich. / Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
59 J.B. Butler OL 6-3 305 Sr. Plainfield, Ill. / Joliet Catholic
61 Jason Goosen OL 6-7 302 So. Virginia Beach, Va. / Tallwood
65 Jared Thomas OL 6-4 285 Jr. Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral
66 Nik Urban OL 6-3 300 So. Willoughby, Ohio / Willoughby South
70 Rashawn Slater OL 6-3 289 So. Sugar Land, Texas / Clements
71 Tommy Doles OL 6-4 292 Sr. Grand Rapids, Mich. / Grand Rapids Christian
72 Blake Hance OL 6-5 300 Sr. Jacksonville, Ill. / Jacksonville
73 Gunnar Vogel OL 6-6 285 So. Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South
75 Ben Oxley DL 6-6 286 Sr. Avon Lake, Ohio / Avon Lake
76 Ethan Wiederkehr OL 6-5 273 R-Fy. Wading River, N.Y. / Shoreham-Wading River
77 Jesse Meyler OL 6-4 306 So. Toronto, Ontario / Episcopal (Va.)
79 Trey Klock OL 6-4 285 Sr. Hummelstown, Pa. / Lower Dauphin
80 Trey Pugh SB 6-4 236 So. Plain City, Ohio / Jonathan Adler
81 Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman WR 6-2 199 So. Minneapolis, Minn. / Breck
82 Alex Oelsner SB 6-4 233 R-Fy. Niwot, Colo. / Niwot
83 Will Lansbury WR 6-2 196 R-Fy. Pebble Beach, Calif. / Stevenson
84 Cameron Green SB 6-3 230 Jr. Buffalo Grove, Ill. / Stevenson
85 Jackson Tirmonia WR 6-3 196 So. Canton, Ohio / Jackson
86 Cody Link SB 6-3 238 So. Madison, Wis. / Edgewood
87 Eric Eshoo SB 6-4 232 So. Chicago, Ill. / Loyola Academy
88 Bennett Skowronek WR 6-4 218 Jr. Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead
90 Jake Saunders DT 6-2 295 So. Loveland, Ohio / Loveland
91 Samdup Miller DL 6-3 261 So. Houston, Texas / Stratford
92 Fred Wyatt DL 6-4 290 Sr. Lawrence, Kan. / Free State
93 Joe Spivak DL 6-0 290 So. Darien, Ill. / Montini Catholic
94 Tommy Carnifax DE 6-3 260 So. Warren, Ohio / Howland
95 Alex Miller DL 6-3 280 Jr. Houston, Texas / Stratford
96 Trevor Kent DE 6-6 262 R-Fy. Pittsburg, Kan. / Pittsburg
97 Joe Gaziano DL 6-4 280 Jr. Scituate, Mass. / Xaverian Brothers
98 Earnest Brown IV DE 6-5 257 So. Aubrey, Texas / Billy Ryan
99 Jordan Thompson DL 6-3 290 Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio / LaSalle
Pat Fitzgerald Dan and Susan Jones Family Head Football Coach
Lou Ayeni Assistant Coach (Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator)
Adam Cushing Assistant Coach (Offensive Line)
Jeff Genyk Special Teams Coordinator
Mike Hankwitz Defensive Coordinator
Bob Heffner Assistant Coach (Superbacks)
Marty Long Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)
Matt MacPherson Associate Head Coach (Defensive Backs)
Mick McCall Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Tim McGarigle Assistant Coach (Linebackers)
Dennis Springer Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers)
Chris Bowers Director of Player Personnel
Cody Cejda Director of Football Operations and Strategy
Darby Dunnagan Director of Video Operations
Jay Hooten Director of Sports Performance for Football
Jacob Schmidt Director of Player Development and Football Relations
Bryan Payton Director of Recruiting Communications
Jonny Kovach Director of Recruiting Operations
John Holloway Assistant Director of Football Operations
Tim Brandon Graduate Assistant (Offense)
Erik Frazier Graduate Assistant (Offense)
Deonte Gibson Graduate Assistant (Defense)
Kevin Koch Graduate Assistant (Defense)