2012 Northwestern Offseason: WR Kyle Prater Cleared To Play In 2012

The Northwestern Wildcats football team hopes to find a winning record in 2012 after finishing the 2011 college football season with a 6-7 record.

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Northwestern Football 2012: Kyle Prater Stands Out In Practice

Wide receiver Kyle Prater is back on the practice field for the Northwestern Wildcats, and he is making an immediate impact. The USC transfer missed practice on Monday and Tuesday of last week as he nursed a knee injury, but he was ready to play in Northwestern's scrimmage this past Saturday. According to Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune, Prater not only played, he was one of the game's standout players catching both passes thrown to him.

Prater comes to Northwestern only two years removed from entering USC as the No. 1 ranked wide receiver prospect in the country. Due to various ailments, Prater barely saw the field his first two NCAA seasons, yet he still enters this season as a highly touted offensive weapon. Prater, however, is focused on helping the Northwestern Wildcats, not the hype around him:

"The expectations people set for me, I really don't look at that," said Prater, whose goal is to become a starter. "Right now I know I can produce and help this team win ballgames."

Prater will not have to sit out a season after transferring from USC as he changed schools in order to be in closer proximity to a sick relative.

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WR Kyle Prater Cleared To Play For Northwestern In 2012

Wide receiver Kyle Prater transferred from USC to Northwestern following the 2011 season, but he won't have to sit out the 2012 season thanks to the waiver request that was approved by the NCAA on Tuesday. Prater transferred in order to be closer to a sick relative.

"My family is very important to me," Prater said in a release, "so it means a lot for them to be nearby while I play football and earn my degree at Northwestern."

Prater had expressed confidence in the NCAA ruling in June in an interview with the Tribune, saying: "It has been a strange process, but we’re optimistic."

Related: Kyle Prater ruled eligible for Northwestern Wildcats' 2012 season

Prater was ranked the No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the class of 2010 by Rivals.

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Quinn Evans Transfer: Former Stanford DB Joins Northwestern Football Team

On Monday, Northwestern football announced the addition of defensive back Quinn Evans, a graduate transfer from Stanford.

"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to finish my college football and academic careers at Northwestern," Evans said. "My visit to campus and the relationships I've developed with Coach Fitzgerald and other members of the Northwestern football program have left no doubt that NU is the right fit for me at this time. I'm looking forward to meeting my new teammates at the start of camp and contributing any way I can to our success this season."

Related: 2012 Northwestern Offseason: Wildcats Look To Shore Up Their Secondary

Because Evans is a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play in 2012. He missed the entire 2011 season because of injury.

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2012 Northwestern Offseason: Wildcats Look To Shore Up Their Secondary

The Northwestern Wildcats football team hopes to find a winning record in 2012 after finishing the 2011 college football season with a 6-7 record.

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