Northwestern rushed for 320 yards in Saturday’s 42-21 win over Eastern Illinois, but that doesn’t mean the Wildcats won’t have running-game issues when they travel to Army on Saturday.
For starters, who’s going to be available to play. Quarterback Dan Persa (Achilles’ tendon) and running back Mike Trumpy (concussion) weren’t cleared by doctors to play against EIU. Then sophomore Adonis Smith’s afternoon came to an abrupt finish early in the fourth quarter when he got tackled low.
Smith couldn’t put any pressure on his right ankle as he left the field and he needed crutches to hobble to Northwestern’s locker room. Pat Fitzgerald didn’t offer any specific information on Smith’s condition after the game, but there’s a realistic chance the Wildcats won’t have Persa, Trumpy and Smith for the Army game.
That means Kain Colter needs to stay healthy. It also means senior Jacob Schmidt (11 carries, 57 yards, 1 TD) and true freshman Treyvon Green (14 carries, 70 yards, first TD) need to build on Saturday’s momentum. Pat Fitzgerald said during the recruiting process he compared the 5-foot-10, 215-pound Green’s vision and body type to Tyrell Sutton.
Green looked a little tentative early, but ran with increasing authority as the game wore on. Late in the second quarter, the Mesquite, Texas native pounded in from 2 yards out for his first career score.
“My mom always told me, ‘Give God grace for everything you do,’ ” Green said. “I just felt, in that moment, that God really put me there for a reason. I scored for a reason. Not just God, but a great O-Line (put me there). I just felt excited. Pumped.”