Probably the best quote I got during the 2010 football season was from NU safety Brian Peters after the TicketCity Bowl. I asked him how the Wildcats' can cut down on penalties like the personal fouls that NU's defense picked up against Texas Tech in the first half:
"We have to control our violence," he said.
So fast forward eight months. I asked senior cornerback Jordan Mabin about Peters' quote. How can football players reel in their aggressiveness during games so they don't pick up that personal foul -- or two, or three.
"It's having poise and awareness and focus on your mental and physical and everything that is on the field," Mabin said. "Football is a fun game, but it's also a dynamic game so you have to focus on every little aspect and try not to overdo it. That's when mistakes happen."
During Day 2 of Big Ten Media Days at McCormick Place, Mabin said he graduated in June and is pursuing a master's degree in sports administration. He also divulged some dirt on some of his teammates, who also happen to be his roommates.
Nine Wildcats share a three-story house in Evanston. Mabin may take some heat for this but out of the group the messiest guy is safety David Arnold and the neatest is linebacker Bryce McNaul. And Mabin says, "I'm right in the middle."