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Doug Diedrick, Northwestern Wildcats football, No. 41

Doug Diedrick PLAYED THROUGH A DAMN TORN ACL in high school. He's likely a deep reserve fullback, but, YO, TORN ACL!!!

Jason Miller

Under six weeks, y'all! And we're up to Doug Diedrick, a walk-on superback. This 5'10, 215-pound player out of Woodridge, Illinois has played football on at least one occasion for Northwestern, and might do so at some other point in the future! I guess my point is a lot of these are time-consuming because the players are important and this one isn't so this one won't be.

Well, let's get on with it!

Origin myth

Didn't I already tell you he's from Woodridge, Illinois? Jesus. So picky. Anyway, he went to Montini Catholic, named for the cocktail made with vermouth and either vodka or gin. My previous tenants left a bunch of martini glasses and I don't really make martinis so they've been going to waste, but I'll be damned if I get rid of them. Wait, what are we talking about? Oh, yeah, Diedrick. Diedrick's Broncos were a powerhouse, winning 5A championships his junior and senior years, with Diedrick leading the team in tackles in 2009 and earning a team captain spot in 2010. He'd be named All-State at outside linebacker as a senior, despite playing the whole year with a torn ACL. WAIT, WHAT, HE PLAYED A WHOLE YEAR OF FOOTBALL WITH A TORN ACL? Jesus. Anyway, no offers for Diedrick, perhaps because he was playing all the time iwth a torn damn ACL.

At Northwestern

After redshirting and playing scout team defense as a freshman, Diedrick found himself used in game situations twice last year. He caught a 13-yard pass from Zack Oliver against South Dakota, and had three rushes for 12 yards against Illinois. BTW, it's fun that Northwestern's two games with garbage time were against South Dakota and Illinois.

Career highlight

13 yard catch! Woohoo!

Anagram of choice

Discovering the Wildcats true inner selves through spelling

Doug Diedrick, anagrammed, is


I don't know what that means, but "rogue" and "dick" shouldn't be so close together. (Also considered: Iced Gourd Kid, Rigid Deck Duo, and Corgi Duke Did, none of which make sense.)

Relevant musical selection

"Killer Tofu," The Beets

Let's be honest: you guys all liked "Doug," but as a six-year-old without any positive "Rodger" role models, it did not help that my main exposure to somebody named "Roger" was the mean green jerk kid.

How he can help

Dude seems versatile -- offense, defense, catching passes, running the ball -- willing to work through pretty much whatever, like a TORN ACL, and that's all you can ask from a scout team guy. At 5'10, 215 pounds, he could hypothetically fill a pure fullback-type role for Northwestern, but I imagine Dan Vitale or maybe even a Treyvon Green will fill that role, if it's ever used.

Depth chart projection