Bergin led the Big Ten with 110 tackles. The next closest player is Rutgers Olakunle Fatukasi with 89. Bergin’s 12.2 tackles per game and 7.7 single stops lead the country.
He has 12 career games with double-digit tackles and has scored a career-high four times this season – 13 at Duke, 14 against Ohio, 16 at Michigan and 19 against Minnesota. He has also been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week twice this season.
wide receiver outlook
The Wildcats are led by junior wide receiver Malik Washington and graduate student Stephen Robinson Jr. The pair scored 139 yards against Iowa last week, the fourth time this season that they had covered at least 100 yards.
They are combining for 110.25 yards per game. Robinson leads the team with 35 catches and averages 4.4 catches per game, a career-best one season. Washington is second with 34 grabs and had a career 64 yard touchdown reception against Rutgers.
Northwestern typically plays three wide receivers. JJ Jefferson plays with Robinson and Washington, and he also doubles as the team’s punt returner. He opted out of the 2020 season and missed the first five games of the 2021 campaign, but he has 27 receptions and an average of 14.7 yards.