It was the first of 18 practices along with two scrimmages before the Bearcats open the season at home on Sept. 5th against Saginaw Valley State.
The team began the day in the student recreational center due to wet conditions before moving to Bearcat Stadium.
For third-year head coach Adam Dorrel and senior quarterback Trevor Adams, it was another glimpse at some new faces that will be taking on bigger roles on offense. The Bearcats lost two of their top pass catchers from last season in Tyler Shaw and Jordan Simmons.
The loss of Simmons plus ineligibility of James Franklin leaves the door open in the backfield as well, with senior Billy Creason expected to get plenty of snaps.
The most experience returns on the defense, which ranked first in the MIAA last season.
Northwest will go full pads beginning Monday and hold team scrimmages on Aug. 18th and 29th.