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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Northwestern's prospects for 2005 just took a turn for the worse. Senior cornerback Jeff Backes and junior center Trevor Rees will not play this year, Backes because of a lingering shoulder injury and Rees because TREVOR CAN'T READ. Both were projected to start--Backes was also one of the Big Ten's best kick returners. File this under "only at Northwestern": Backes' next stop is medical school.

Rees is a major loss. Northwestern graduated three starters off the line last year and Rees was one of two returners (LT Zach Strief the other). Now the Wildcats have to scramble for a replacement. Gabe Watson: licking chops. Also probably his plate.