How they stack up
Northwestern has a solid set of backs in junior Julian Shockley, senior Chris Bowler and sophomore Jerry Howard. Up front there are more questions but Richardson has some replacements ready to step in for Junior Williams, Raydonn McCloud and J.P. Titus, who all graduated.
Defensively, the cupboard was also cleaned out a bit. Defensive end Chris Bouyer should be a pain in opposing teams’ side up front. Junior Trae’von Hinton, who transferred from South Pointe, will make an impact at linebacker, along with senior Gabe Gresham, while Desmond Leak, Andarius Whitlock and T.C. Caldwell will have to step their games up to make up for talent losses in the secondary.