31 days til Northwestern Wildcats football! Tomorrow it will be 30. That's a month! Ahhhhhhh! Ahhh! Ahhh! It's happening!
Anyway, today is Chris Gradone. He's Northwestern's backup punter. GET PUMPED. Or don't. Really it's up to you.
Oh, and sorry to freshman Marcus McShepard, who I s'pose could contribute at cornerback, where Northwestern is somewhat weak, but... backup punter.
Gradone is a Cincy boy, playing for St. Xavier. His team won back-to-back city titles, and his 40.7 yards per punt was the second-best figure in school history. His NUSports profile indicates he held opponents to -6 yards per return as a junior, which can't be possible, right? He was first-team in his division and second-team in his region.
A redshirt, then a year last year when he didn't do anything because Brandon Williams was the punter.
Anagram of choice
Discovering the Wildcats' true inner selves through spelling
Chris Gradone, anagrammed is
(Also considered: "Corgis harden," which is what happens to cute, stubby dogs in prison, "hardcore sign," which THUG LYFE, "horn disgrace," which is a super bad sax solo, "horsing raced," which is somebody who doesn't speak English trying to describe the Derby, "carding heros," which are asshole bouncers, "grind roaches," which EWWWW, "anchor's dirge," which is mourning Vandy backing out of their Northwestern series, "nacho girders," which sound delicious, "organic herds," which are packs of oxen bought at Whole Foods, and "archer doings," which is a) arching or b) spywork.
Highlights of Mike Trumpy's twitter
Since I forgot yesterday. Sadly, it's gone defunct.
USA!!!!!!!!!!— Mike Trumpy (@T_rumpy32) July 28, 2012
No more Spanish for the rest of my life!!!!! Feliz Navidad!!!!!!!— Mike Trumpy (@T_rumpy32) May 25, 2012
How he can help
Hopefully, he doesn't in 2013 -- starting punters should handle all duties, yanno?
Depth chart projection
Gradone is actually on Northwestern's depth chart! as noted, Williams has the gig now, but he graduates this year, and if Gradone is considered his immediate backup right now, he's presumably the guy in line to fill the role going forward. So expect to see Gradone and stuff.
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- Northwestern at Big Ten Media Days: What Pat Fitzgerald, Kain Colter, Venric Mark, and Tyler Scott had to say
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- Mike Trumpy, Northwestern Wildcats football, No. 32
- Matt Micucci, Northwestern Wildcats football, No. 33