In Week 1, Syracuse attempted to rain on Christian Hackenberg’s college football debut. The Orange made a valiant effort, but the return of sensational wideout Allen Robinson in the second half quickly terminated that idea. Syracuse will again attempt to put a blemish on a Big Ten team’s record this week.
Syracuse will be traveling to Northwester to take on the Wildcats for the second game of the season. In Week 1, Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis had a phenomenal game which saw him returning two interceptions for touchdowns as the Wildcats defeated the University of California Golden Bears.
For his efforts, Ellis was named the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week. Without Ellis’s efforts along with others such as Treyvon Green and Trevor Siemian, the Wildcats would likely be sitting at 0–1. Green was forced to step up after an early injury to quarterback Kain Colter, and Siemian stepped in to replace Venric Mark.
The effort put forth by Ellis most certainly earned him recognition, but his character may be a better story. The goal-oriented, hard work and maturity of a young man like Ellis is a breath of fresh air in college football today.
This season, Ellis is a junior and is a completely healthy and motivated young man. Fans of the Big Ten should tune in and take in the effort that this linebacker puts in each Saturday. It would be a lot to expect a repeat performance from Week 1 by Ellis.
That said, opponents should be aware of this versatile, ball-hawking linebacker’s presence on the field, and he will definitely be prepared for each week’s opponent. Next on his list are Syracuse and their quarterback Drew Allen. Allen should rebound from Week 1, but expect the Northwestern Defense to help sway the game in their favor.