EVANSTON, Illinois (CBS) – It’s about to be Friday Night Lights in Evanston, and the Northwestern Wildcats are officially in game week mode as they prepare to kick off the season against the state of Michigan.
The Wildcats return just four starters on either side of the ball and are led by senior quarterback Hunter Johnson.
Johnson switched from Clemson in 2018 and last started in 2019.
“Just excited for the chance, just because, you know, it’s not guaranteed — and I’m just excited to get out there and go wild,” Johnson said.
“This is now my 16th opening game, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned — no matter what happens in your preparation, you have to prepare to adapt,” said Northwestern Wildcats head football coach Pat Fitzgerald. “You don’t have, you know, the video understanding of how a team has prepared in the off season. It’s definitely a challenge in the opener, and you know, one that you look forward to as a coach, I think.”
Friday’s game will be a revenge game for the ‘Cats, whose only loss in the regular season last year was for the Spartans.