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Northwestern Gets Ready For Nebraska With Nap Time


There’s nothing like a good nap before playing a football game. For those of you who haven’t done it, you’ve missed out. Reenergized and rejuvenated, ready to take to the gridiron to battle it out with another opponent.

Northwestern will feel this way on Saturday prior to their game against Nebraska. The Wildcats will prepare for the Huskers by taking a pre-game nap before the 2:30 p.m. (CT) kickoff.

Some may say this is a little unlike NU coach Pat Fitzgerald, but Fitz will do anything to win even if it is a little unorthodox. He came up with the idea after the result of their game against Boston College, also a 2:30 start. Fitz felt his team came out sluggish and unfocused, trailing 10-9 in the second quarter.

Nap time was finally accepted after the head coach met with his senior leaders. They told him the game clashed with nap time. Funny, you’d think a 2:30 kickoff would give them enough time to sleep the night before, but it’s their mid-week routine that’s thrown off.

Players usually arrive at the team complex around 6:50 a.m. for meetings, then practice 8:50 to 10:30, and go to class in the afternoon. After their busy morning, players normally take a nap in the afternoon to recoup.

Saturday’s schedule will now feature an early team breakfast and then a nap at around 9:30.

“We’ll wake up, have our pregame meal, do our mental things and then have a mandatory nap,” quarterback Kain Colter said. “Those hotel beds are really comfortable and the pillows are soft. Then we’ll come down refreshed and ready to kick some butt.”

Reason number 1,478 why players love playing for Fitzgerald.

Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.

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