Wildcat of the Week: Ibraheim Campbell

Statistically it has been a rough season for Northwestern’s secondary. Just about everyone has been able to pass against the Wildcats and it is still a major concern for the team moving forward.

There have been bright spots as Northwestern is not as bad as it was last year overall, if not statistically. And that was on full display against Michigan State. Even when Andrew Maxwell was making big passes and putting up a season-high 297 passing yards.

At the end of the game though, Northwestern needed plays from its secondary and it got them. The Wildcats most maligned position group made its presence known and secured the win in the fourth quarter.

The leader of that unit is unquestionably sophomore safety Ibraheim Campbell. Campbell had a big hit on Maxwell that led to David Nwabuisi’s pick-6 in addition to 11 tackles and a forced fumble. His leadership was big when NU needed a stop in the passing game and he always seemed to be around the ball.

There has not been much individual recognition for what Campbell has done this year. So here is at least one attempt at it.

This season, Campbell has recorded 81 tackles, third on the team, 11 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Did I mention he is only a sophomore?

Honorable Mentions

Erin Sosdian, Women’s Swimming: This is the best way to get ready for Illinois. The Illini built a lead in the first two days of the TYR Invitational in Evanston. Only to see that lead dwindle in the final day and to see Northwestern come out on top. Sosdian won the mile swim by nearly 13 seconds to help Northwestern make the comeback.

Tyler Miller, Men’s Soccer: Northwestern scored two 1-0 victories in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, including an upset over No. 7 Marquette. The Wildcats got two outstanding performances from goalkeeper Tyler Miller to advance to the quarterfinal round. Miller made only one save in that game as the defense in front of him, including goalscorer Nick Gendron, held Western Illinois to seven shots and one corner kick in the game. Against Marquette, Miller made two saves to help maintain the lead Joey Calistri got Northwestern in the first half. The Wildcats move on to face a tough Louisville team in Kentucky this weekend.

Lexie Goldsmith, Cross Country: Goldsmith finished in ninth place and set a personal best time in the 6K race to help Northwestern finish fourth in the 30-team NCAA Midwest Regionals. The Wildcats entered the meet ranked fifth in the region.

Men’s Basketball Returns to Action

Don’t forget that tonight the men’s basketball team returns to action against Delaware State tonight at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be on Big Ten Digital Network, so your best bet is to listen to WGN if you cannot make it to Welsh-Ryan Arena. After today’s game, Northwestern heads to South Padre Island for the South Padre Island Invitational this weekend.

  • cece

    Big +1 for this choice. watched the game again and IC stepped up big. it really is amazing to hear the names Campbell, Lowry, Vitale, lots of youngsters stepping up. good for now, great for the future.

  • DT

    Well deserved…

  • Jimgocats93

    I haven’t seen an NU DB stick people like that since Hudhaifa Ismaeli. At Ryan Field you don’t have to see #24 make a tackle – you can hear it! Great pick, PRR!

    Crush Illinos!

  • SJ Wildcat

    Ibraheim Campbell is a true bright spot for the defense. He appears to be a leader as well. Hopefully, Van Hoose can return and Treveon Henry continues to grow. Then for at least two years, we should have a solid back-half of the defense. I love Campbell, but no one in memory is as good an athlete Huddy — that guy did some amazing things as a Cat.

  • Alaskawildcat

    Agree. Should have gotten Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.