Did anyone else find it curious that Carson Butler saw a fair number of snaps at defensive end against Purdue? He clearly has the physical talent to play tight end, and I just assumed that his lack of playing time there were “doghouse” issues and nothing else. Although I really like Kevin Koger, if Butler is out of the Rod’s doghouse, wouldn’t it make more sense to play both Koger and Butler at tight end or does Butler really have a future at DE? Two tight ends are certainly not a staple of Rod’s offense, but I think you could really exploit having two athletic tight ends that are, at least in theory, better blockers than wide receivers. If the defense is in a nickel package, you run at them and if the defense is in a 4-3, you spread the tight ends out and create mismatches with linebackers.
"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."