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Dan Vitale, FB

School: Northwestern  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 235 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

Lines up inline, out wide and in the backfield. Although he has marginal athleticism, Vitale accelerates well in his routes and has a second gear after the catch to create with the ball in his hands.

IN OUR VIEW: If he stays healthy and plays up to his potential as a senior, Vitale has the offensive versatility that will appeal to NFL teams as a toolsy chain-moving weapon.

--Dane Brugler (7/13/15)

Player Overview

Lining up at the appropriately named "Superback" position for the Wildcats, Vitale has a hybrid skillset that is equal parts fullback, tight end and H-back. Entering his fourth season as a starter, he finished second on the team in receiving last season with 40 receptions for 402 yards and two touchdowns and enters his senior year with 34 career starts.

Vitale's production has ascended each of the last three seasons and that trend should stay true in 2015 as he is the clear-cut top receiving option for the Northwestern offense.

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09/28/2015 - Clayton Thorson shook off a subpar first half by simply going back to the basics. "I just started going through my progressions," the Northwestern quarterback said. "In the first half, I was guessing a little bit and I wasn't doing what I am coached to do. In the second half, I started to do that and it worked out." Thorson threw three touchdown passes, Justin Jackson ran for a career-high 184 yards and No. 17 Northwestern overcame a sluggish first half to rally for a 24-19 victory over Ball State on Saturday night. Thorson, the freshman quarterback, finished 18 of 31 for 256 yards with one interception for the Wildcats (4-0). "I think he just trusted himself and took what the defense gave him," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said.

Jackson had 33 carries for an average of 5.6 yards. Dan Vitale had five receptions for 108 yards and a pair of touchdown catches, including a 66-yarder in the first half. Riley Neal was 14 of 35 for 178 yards and two touchdowns, both to wide receiver Jordan Williams, for Ball State (2-2). Williams finished with eight receptions for 133 yards. "We've got some really good, athletic receivers," Neal said. "We just thought if they're going to give us the opportunities one-on-one we were going to take advantage of them." - AP Sports



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