The train keeps rolling with another redshirt freshman wide receiver. YO, DUDES WITH NUMBERS RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER: START BEING LESS SIMILAR. But whatever, it turns out they're actually different human beings with different attributes, skills, and possibly likes and dislikes! We'll figure it out. (NOTE: if you don't like guys with close numbers being similar, get out of here before the 60's.)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAnyway, let's get on to Mr. Scanlan, a 6'2, 200-pound wide receiver.
Scanlan went to Royersford (Pa.) Spring-Ford, which is in the Philly suburbs, where every team is coached by former Texas high school coaches fulfilling their spousal duties in a loving, caring relationship that makes television viewers swoon. He was a bit of a stud there - school records in receiving yards, receptions, and touchdowns - and played both ways, earning third-team all-state honors as a receiver and defensive back. With Scanlan starring, the school won their first ever conference championship. However, his height made him project as a wide receiver, and he wavered between two and three stars. 247's composite has him as the No. 163 wide receiver in the nation and No. 51 player in Pennsylvania, with Scout putting him at No. 85 in the wide receiver department. He had offers from some pretty middling schools alongside the Wildcats - Northern Illinois and Akron. He chose Northwestern in an extremely unclimactic Signing Day hat ceremony. (Dude, don't enter the press conference wearing the sweatshirt.)
Scan redshirted his freshman year.
Anagram of choice
Discovering the Wildcats' true inner selves through spelling
Andrew Scanlan, anagrammed, is
CLEAN DARN SWAN
This makes no more or no less sense than "WAR DAMN EAGLE," and I think better portrays Northwestern football's grace, unwillingness to use swear words, and general damn cleanliness. (Rejected options: "Wanna lend cars?", and some other combinations of things that are words but don't really make sense in unison.
Scanlan tweets at @Scan_man7, allowing me to learn that he's a Yankees fan (!), watches a bunch of basketball, and more:
It's hard to understand how girls take so long to figure out what to wear.Especially with the outfits I come across on campus...— Andrew Scanlan (@Scan_man7) May 8, 2013
Hot cookie bar Sunday! #OhLeDoIt— Andrew Scanlan (@Scan_man7) May 5, 2013
YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT HOT COOKIE BAR SUNDAY.
Hahahaha the bulls are the biggest haters man!— Andrew Scanlan (@Scan_man7) May 11, 2013
Loved the dinner with some teammates and the coaches wives! The food was banginnnn— Andrew Scanlan (@Scan_man7) May 20, 2013
"In my own city they hate on me, put weight on me" I'm catchin on to these Chicago rappers #LilDurk— Andrew Scanlan (@Scan_man7) May 28, 2013
Relevant musical selectionWe'll take a joint from his Twitter:
"Levels", Meek Mill Look, I'm not actually sure Meek Mill is actually good at rapping and not just Rick Ross' fourth-string weed carrier, but dude has songs. I mean, it's June 2013 and I'm still listening to "Amen." I think he's out of place on a lot of the Ross-esque BE REALLY HARD ominous beats - dude has some SERIOUS penance to pay for "TUPAC BACK/TWO GLOCKS STRAPPED" - and generally sounds like he's talking a huge game with even less believability than Ross. But he's got a knack for sounding like he's super-excited about everything in a consistent flow without and yet somehow not yelling, and he has a good line here and there, and I can live with that.
Or maybe it's Levels. Meek always got summer anthems...— Andrew Scanlan (@Scan_man7) May 29, 2013