SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12: Chris Dickerson #27 of the New York Yankees hits a two-run homer in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
This whole college football season being close thing is kinda weird. It feels like it wasn't so long ago I was writing about offensive linemen, dreaming about the days that I'd get to Northwestern's special teamers. But here we are, less than a month from football season! Jesus, we all should probably find more fulfilling lives.
No. 19, Cameron Dickerson, RS Freshman, wide receiver
Who he be: Killa Cam, as I call literally anybody I will ever meat named Cameron or Cam or any variant, is a 6-foot-3 wide out from NYC-area powerhouse Bergen Catholic out in Jersey, which is disappointing, the whole "being from New Jersey" thing. Anyway, he was a three-star recruit with a super-Northwestern-esque offer list including Vandy, Indiana, Duke, Harvard, and Akron, which really runs the gamut of schools that typically offer kids who choose Northwestern. He redshirted last year, tho.
Really?: Yeah. Have you ever met me?
It was either that or everyone's favorite Kanye song, "Gone", but I went with this because it's typical Cam. I feel like Cam'ron is a really decisive figure among rap nerds, but he's definitely one of my favorites. His delivery is so nonchalant, his punchlines so good, all delivered while wearing a pink chinchilla coat. It's very clear that Cam'ron has never cared more about a line than I care about 90 percent of the things I write, and yet he still makes me laugh and/or nod my head every time I listen.
I also want a pink chinchilla coat.
Dearly Departed: Tyrell Sutton! Tyrell was one of the things that made me fall in love with Northwestern football - you know, besides attending NU. He was the quintessential NU story: overlooked, because of his size, yet clearly way, way way talented. Of course, he made everybody who overlooked him regret it immediately, running for 1474 yards as a true freshman, including six 100-yard games and three 200-yarders, notably an attention-grabbing 244-yard performance against Wisconsin. He never quite returned to that level of production, with 1,000 yards his sophomore year and suffering injuries both his junior and senior seasons. It's really random, but my defining Sutton memory comes from his last game at NU, the 2008 Alamo Bowl: he'd missed the last few with a broken wrist, but was able to make it back for the bowl. Down late, Sutton busted out a 20-ish yard run, and upon being tackled, sprung up and did the Michael-Jordan-over-Craig-Ehlo fist pump. It was a heartening moment for an NU fan, and got us all pumped before NU lost in overtime. Anyway, he's now on the Seahawks, as we detailed yesterday.
How's Arby Fields doin'?: Arby played baseball for LSU this year and hit .203 on a team that got shocked by Stony Brook in the NCAA Tournament Super Regional. Of course, he does not play football for them.
Looking forward: Cam is very likely to get some playing time this year as one of Northwestern's bevy of young, tall, talented receivers. I don't think he'll start - right now, he's likely a backup to someone like Rashad Lawrence - at least according to the depth chart, that's where he'll be - on the outside. But that's not a bad thing for Dickerson - NU is really stocked with a very talented receiving corps, and Dickerson is amongst a group that could do some exciting stuff.