On Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, respectively, two members of the Northwestern secondary announced that they had entered the transfer portal and were looking to grad transfer in order to preserve their remaining eligibility.
Brian Bullock, a safety out of Round Rock, Texas who has been in the program for four years, has two seasons of eligibility remaining because he redshirted his first year and had a medical redshirt in his second.
He played in four games this season, recording two tackles, and ends his Northwestern career with nine total appearances and a single pass breakup.
The former three-star recruit was listed on the two-deep a couple of times this season, but was largely stuck behind JR Pace, Travis Whillock, and Bryce Jackson at safety (and a potential role at nickel or dime back), and with no indication that the younger players would make way for him in terms of playing time, the decision makes sense.
Roderick Campbell, who also entered the program four years ago, has certainly seen more playing time than his counterpart. Getting into ten games this season as a depth option at cornerback and on special teams, Campbell recorded nine tackles but no other meaningful stats.
After an injury cost him his sophomore season, allowing him to have one year of eligibility remaining, the former consensus three-star recruit out of St. Louis (Rivals had him as a four-star) ends his Northwestern career having racked up 30 total games played (many on special teams), 12 tackles, and two pass breakups.
Though he clearly made strides over the course of his Wildcat career and saw some valuable playing time, especially during the past two seasons, Campbell ended 2019 behind at least Greg Newsome II, Cam Ruiz, and AJ Hampton in terms of potential returners as an option at either outside or slot corner.
Both players will graduate from Northwestern this year, as all such ex-Wildcat transfers in recent memory have. Unlike Bennett Skowronek, though, each has been removed from the official 2020 roster, despite all three players being recognized on Senior Day.
Regardless, there are now three members of the 2019 Northwestern football roster in the transfer portal. No matter what they choose going forward, we wish each of them luck and success with their next step.