After a breakout sophomore season, linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo is poised to anchor Northwestern’s defense in 2013. An experiment off the edge for the past two years, Ariguzo is suddenly the leader of the Wildcat front seven to start the spring, a daunting task with a unit lacking identity. Still, his potential has no ceiling.
Northwestern linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo matched a standout performance in the season-opener with another great showing, this one earning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors. Ariguzo discusses his role in the defense and more in this PurpleWildcats.com video feature.
Northwestern sophomore linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo was tabbed the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week, following his impressive performance against Vanderbilt.
Northwestern’s defense was much maligned last season. The pass defense was especially substandard. But at the conclusion of 2012 spring practice, the D was ahead of the offense and it showed a lot of improvement. The secondary will be retooled, so the defense figures to lean on the front seven this fall.
And when you’re coached by a linebacker in Pat Fitzgerald, the linebackers...