Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald Looks Forward To New Season, Ready To Put On A Show

George Ofman
August 29, 2018 - 7:48 am

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Northwestern is coming off its third 10-win season in the last six under head coach Pat Fitzgerald. But he lost one of his main
offensive weapons in Justin Jackson who set a school record with 5,440 rushing yards. 

"You’re right. You can’t replace a Justin Jackson, but Jeremy Larkin, John Moden and Jesse Brown and some young guys are really talented and excited to compete for that role," Fitzgerald said. 

In part three of his interview with WBBM, the engaging head football coach at Northwestern looks toward Thursday’s season opener at Purdue. Northwestern began the last two seasons 0-2 finishing 2016 with a 7-6 record and last year 10-3 including a victory over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl.

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“We can’t allow what happened early happen again," Fitzgerald said.

Clayton Thorson returns at quarterback after tearing his ACL during that bowl game.

“He’s done everything in his power to come back from his injury,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s been inspiring.”

Thorson’s status for Thursday night's opener at Purdue remains up in the air.

Fitzgerald likes to win, but he also likes entertaining football.

“You know what you do when you go to New York, you go to Broadway to see a show. We’re going to hopefully put on a show so let’s have some fun," Fitzgerald said.