Northwestern in the 2011 Texas Bowl: 5 Players You Need to Know

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Northwestern in the 2011 Texas Bowl: 5 Players You Need to Know
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The Northwestern Wildcats, who surprised most of the college football world by pulling out six wins this season, are facing off against the Texas A&M Aggies in the Texas Bowl this postseason. 

Led by a talented and experienced QB in Dan Persa, Northwestern stunned the nation with a huge win over football powerhouse Nebraska on their way to fifth place in the Big Ten Legends Division. Persa and the Wildcats offense was impressive in tough losses to Michigan State, Penn State and Illinois. 

However, Persa didn't do this all alone. He had some help from some big-time playmakers on both offense and defense. As the Texas Bowl creeps closer, some of those guys deserve some credit as well.

We take a look at the top five players on the Wildcats side that you'll need to know once the 31st rolls around.  

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