A little bit late, but the first week of football season signals the start of the athletic year for Northwestern. Even though we are still a few weeks before school begins, many Wildcats are already on campus playing games and representing their university.
So now that we are midway through this week — HUMP DAY, YEAH! — let us name our first Wildcat of the Week for the 2013-14 athletic year.
It would be easy to join the Big Ten and name Collin Ellis as this week’s Wildcat of the Week. He was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the Bronco Nagurski Player of the Week and a whole bunch of other accolades that only partially describe his two-interception, two-touchdown, flying-all-over-the-field performance at California. He really had a superb game.
I want to go in a different direction and give the honor this week to Treyvon Green.
Green ran for 129 yards on 16 carries, including two touchdowns. That was the six-yard bull rush Green had that clinched the game and the 33-yard beauty which we broke down at length earlier today.
The game was more than his stats though. Every time I think about this game, I think to myself, “I am SO happy for Treyvon. He deserves this.”
Green was set to be the starting running back last year. He was the top returning guy and had the talent it seemed to back it up. Then a horrific injury in training camp last year ended his season. His concussion symptoms never really subsided and Green was done for the year. Venric Mark emerged and Green fell down the depth chart entering this season.
The surprise came when he was put on the two-deep depth chart and took most of the snaps in the win over Cal. He took advantage of that opportunity and, now, Northwestern seems to have a healthy stable of running backs to choose from. Especially when Mark comes back.
Caroline Tronceletti, Field Hockey: The No. 11 Wildcats traveled to the Northeast for the opener to their season and walked away with two victories in three games. Tronceletti was a big part of all three victories on her way to being named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. The sophomore had four goals on five shots this weekend, including a hat trick against UMass Lowell on Sunday.
Jack Perry, Men’s Golf: There are a lot of reasons to believe Northwestern golf will have a really special year — his name is Matt Fitzpatrick, sorry, U.S. Amateur Champion Matt Fitzpatrick. But national championships are won as a team. Senior Jack Perry might be one of the many reasons to believe NU could do something special as a team. Perry, along with Fitzpatrick, was named to Golf World Magazine’s Top 50 Players to watch. Perry recorded five top 10 finishes including two victories last year.
Stephanie Holthus, Volleyball: Holthus came back for her senior year with another strong game. The Wildcats leader led her team to a victory over Milwaukee in the team’s final game this past weekend. Northwestern went 1-2. Holthus was exceptional in the win Sunday. She recorded 16 kills and 17 digs to pace the Wildcats. She was the best player on the team last year and is off to a strong start already this season.