Dwight White, Matt Harris vying for playing time at corner

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At Monday’s press conference Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said there is not an open competition between redshirt freshman Dwight White and true freshman Matt Harris at cornerback.

Sophomore Nick VanHoose is securely the starter at one cornerback position.

“We’ve got three really good corners,” Fitzgerald said. “So I think those guys are going to play a lot of football.”

White is currently listed as the starter heading into Saturday’s game at Wisconsin, but Fitzgerald said he likes the way both players are playing right now.

White started Saturday’s loss against Ohio State but Harris saw a good majority of time in the second half when Northwestern was in its base defense.

Fitzgerald has said before that he does like to rotate players, but wouldn’t say whether he would rotate White and Harris. A rotation is much easier to employ with defensive lineman or even linebackers. It’s less likely to happen at corner.

“If the guys continue to play at a pretty high level we’ll see what we’re going to do,” Fitzgerald said. “I like what they’re doing right now.”

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