Tuesday's practice up at Evanston seemed chippier than usual with more jawing between the guys than there usually is. I didn't know if it was just me, but when I asked coach Pat Fitzgerald about it he seemed to agree. Probably a good sign with the Big Ten opener at Minnesota now just four days away. To quote the coach from his Monday press conference: The real season starts now.
"I think we're starting to figure out how to practice smart but practice intense and guys are not being satisified with having a play be made on them," Fitzgerald said.
Other nuggets of info:
* Quarterback Dan Persa said that he thinks the offensive line is playing much better of late, and that bodes well for conference play. The improvements Persa sees makes him think that the Wildcats will be a dangerous team in the Big Ten.
* Ryan Field isn't the only place that gets loud. Fitzgerald was almost giddy that the crowd made so much noise during the Central Michigan game, therby disrupting the 'Cats' defensive play calling. NU will have to deal with that again Saturday at Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, which seats about 50,000 people and probably gets a little louder than Ryan Field.