No-fly zone: Northwestern's Greg Newsome II is on an incredible run defensively
If you felt like you were missing something during this most recent college football Saturday, you were probably forgetting that we didn’t get to see Northwestern’s dominant defense.
Specifically, we didn’t get to see Wildcat cornerback Greg Newsome II. In his three most recent games, Newsome has been on an impressive run of defensive dominance. We didn’t get to see that as Northwestern’s game against Minnesota was canceled. But that doesn’t downplay how good Newsome has been.
Northwestern CB Greg Newsome II over his last 3 games
▪️ 77 coverage snaps
▪️ 11 targets
▪️ 1 catch allowed (7 yards)
▪️ 1 INT pic.twitter.com/U55PELsJfu
— PFF College (@PFF_College) December 6, 2020
Those numbers are crazy impressive and came against some quality opponents. The junior out of Chicago did this against Purdue, Wisconsin, and Michigan State.
His most impressive game in that stretch was probably against the Badgers when he hauled in that interception. His play was key to holding Wisconsin to just seven points. He also held Purdue standout wide receiver David Bell to just 78 yards.
Newsome has contributed to staunch Northwestern defenses in each of his first three seasons. Last season, he made eight starts and ranked second in the Big Ten with 11 pass breakups. He also was key with nine tackles in the Wildcats’ 2019 win against Iowa.
This year, that play has been taken up a notch and been noticed by those outside of Evanston.