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Northwestern football season in review: Superbacks grades

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Garrett Dickerson evolved into a pass-catching threat as the main man at the position.

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With the season in the rearview, it’s time to assess how Northwestern’s individuals performed this season. All classes are according to the 2016 season. This year, Northwestern had to replace its most versatile player from 2015, Dan Vitale.

Garrett Dickerson (junior): B+

29 receptions, 272 yards, four touchdowns

Garrett Dickerson was the man in charge of replacing Vitale, especially after Jayme Taylor retired from football, and he did an admirable job. He more than doubled his reception total from last year (29 compared to 12) and caught four touchdowns after catching zero in his first two years combined. And yes, the statistical improvements were nice, but Dickerson’s biggest contribution was in the running game, where he was a bulldozer of a blocker. On Justin Jackson’s 68-yard run against Pitt from his own 1 yard line, it was Dickerson getting to the second level and laying the crucial block. Dickerson would go on to score the game-winning touchdown, too. It was a good year for the junior.

Cameron Green (redshirt freshman): INC

Four receptions, 31 yards

Green came into this year buried on the wide receiver depth chart, but after Taylor retired, he moved to superback. Green wasn’t on the field a ton and only hauled in four passes this year, but he was reliable when the ball came his way, making big catches against Iowa and Ohio State. If he can continue to learn the position this offseason, he could be a nice pass-catching superback.

James Prather (sophomore): INC

Prather was used as a blocking superback and didn’t accrue any stats. He wasn’t on the field a ton either. It will be interesting to see how both Green and Prather develop this offseason and if their roles change at all.

Overall: B