Dickerson brings ‘juice’ to Wildcat receiving corps
Swagger name of game
KENOSHA, Wis. – Tony Jones is the fastest. Christian Jones and Rashad Lawrence have the best hands. Mike Jensen is the Swiss Army knife.
And Cam Dickerson? He might have the most swagger of all the Northwestern receivers.
He answers to "Juice Man Cam" because he supplies juice – extra energy – to NU's receivers and defensive backs with his enthusiasm and chatter.
"I like to keep things loose," Dickerson said. "I'm jumping up and down, screaming and yelling when we make plays. They say I talk the most trash on the team."
Dickerson thinks he ranks second on the smack-o-meter. He believes Jack Konopka is tops, a surprising choice considering Konopka is an offensive tackle. They're usually strong and silent.
"Cam is one of the more vocal guys," quarterback Trevor Siemian said. "Sometimes they tell him to keep it down, but that's good for the [receivers] room."
Dickerson caught nine passes last season as a redshirt freshman, and the most memorable was a 19-yard touchdown at Michigan just before halftime. Siemian fired a perfect back-shoulder throw to make it happen.
"If [the quarterback] puts it in the air," Dickerson said, "I'd like to think I'm a guy who can go get it."
Lawrence and Christian Jones remain NU's most reliable pass-catchers, with coach Pat Fitzgerald saying, "It seems like they have Super Glue on their hands."
Receivers coach Dennis Springer called Lawrence "a great leader" and said of Jones, "He's a kid I believe I have to have on the field."
Christian Jones is a big-bodied (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) ace blocker who led the team last season with 35 receptions, one more than Lawrence and two more than Demetrius Fields, who signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent.
Tony Jones had 29 catches and a team-high four touchdown grabs. He can fly, but his hands are suspect.
Jensen was voted by players to NU's Leadership Council for a third straight season, an honor shared with only one other current Wildcat, defensive end Tyler Scott.
The versatile fifth-year senior has just four career catches, but Springer lauded him this way: "He will outwork everyone. And he loves this program."
Tough enough: The Wildcats practiced Monday at Wisconsin-Parkside for well over 2 hours, with Fitzgerald saying: "Today was hard by design. We drove them hard, and I thought the guys responded really well.
"We're putting a lot on them. There will be no complacency in our program. We felt as a staff that we needed to push this group to see what our limits were mentally."
Asked about how the freshmen feel about their first Camp Kenosha, Fitzgerald replied: "I think they were excited. And now I think that excitement has worn off."
And given way to exhaustion.