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RECAP: This week in Northwestern athletics, July 18-24

It was an eventful week in Northwestern sports. We’ve got you covered on anything you may have missed.

NCAA Football: Purdue at Northwestern Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Know Your Opponent

Our Know Your Opponent series rolled on; we previewed six 2016 Northwestern opponents this week:

Keys to the season

Zach Pereles determined what Northwestern must do to set themselves up for success early in the 2016 season and analyzed coach Pat Fitzgerald’s ability to consistently exceed expectation.

Pound the Talk

Two very special guests joined Pound the Talk this week: Henry Bushnell made his grand return to discuss the statistical anomaly (or was it?) that was Northwestern’s 2015 season and, later in the week, THE BALLCARRIER himself Justin Jackson graced the program to talk everything from touchdown celebrations to NBA free agency.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s... Anthony Walker?

That’s right. This week, Evanston finally found the hero they deserve, as Northwestern kicked off a promotional campaign that dubbed Anthony Walker “The Franchise”. Martin Oppegaard takes a dive into an unorthodox, but unquestionably entertaining move by Northwestern here... Oh yeah, and there was this:

Basketball update

A few Northwestern basketball alumni took part in NBA Summer League this month; we recapped their performances here. Shortly after the conclusion of Summer League, Tre Demps also made an important decision regarding his basketball future. Alex Olah then joined him. Buy Belgium Basketball On Demand as soon as you can!

Lift for Life

On Thursday, Northwestern players came together to host an event called Lift for Life at Ryan Field to raise money and awareness in the fight against rare diseases. If you’re wondering the results from the event:

Siemian to start?

Probably not, but Touchdown Trev is back and making headlines after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Siemian “has a legitimate chance” to seize the reigns to the Bronco’s offense this season. It’s worth noting that Siemian does have more Super Bowl rings (1) than his competitors for the position Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch have combined (0).

All-Century Team

This week, ESPN compiled All-Century Teams (since 2000) for every Big Ten school. Check out Northwestern’s lineup here.

Dennis Green

Former Northwestern football head coach Dennis Green passed away Thursday. We remember his legacy and the impact he had not just on Northwestern athletics, but on the game of football as a whole.

Film Room

Sam Brief delves into the complex and ultimately unknowable entity that is Clayton Thorson and how his legs could key a rejuvenation of Northwestern’s offense this season.