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NORTHWESTERN NAMES 109 PLAYERS, FIVE PLAYERS TWICE, AND A MASCOT TO 2015 NORTHWESTERN FOOTBALL WATCH LIST

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AND INSIDE NU NAMES 49 REPORTERS TO OFFICIAL 2015 NORTHWESTERN BEAT WRITER WATCH LIST.

Henry Bushnell

Watch lists are dumb. They're completely pointless. We already knew that.

But Wednesday, some new Northwestern football Twitter account that has a grand total of 136 followers decided to take things a step further:

And no, this is not some fake Twitter account going rogue. This is an actual account run by someone in the program or athletic department. In fact, the watch list appeared on Facebook too:

Yeah, we're all probably thinking the same thing:

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Like, what? What is this? What are we watching for? What are these people being watched for? WHY IS WILLIE THE WILDCAT ON THE LIST?

To be fair though, at least we've heard of Willie, which is more than can be said for many of the names on the list. Has anybody heard rumblings about a potential breakout year for Luke Dauch or Chris Cliff?

Wait, and there's more! Five players are on the list twice, including walk-on quarterback Daniel Kubiuk! MAYBE WE'RE ONTO SOMETHING HERE. THERE'S A NEW NAME IN THE QB COMPETITION.

OR MAYBE:

Well, no. No, we're probably not onto anything.

But hey, we thought, if there can be a 2015 Northwestern Football Watch List, WHY CAN'T THERE BE A 2015 NORTHWESTERN BEAT WRITER WATCH LIST?

So I, along with Chris Emma, got to work:

If you're a bit confused — or more than a bit confused — well, frankly, you're not alone. I constructed the list, but...

Many people expressed their appreciation for their inclusion on the list:

We were notified of some snubs, but had a message for them:

However, we were horrified to learn that we had left some proper journalists off the list, including Mr. Rodger Sherman. It was a grave mistake. So we felt it was necessary to release a revised list.

Here is the revised, official, prestigious 2015 Northwestern Beat Writer Watch List: