Cushing to coach Northwestern's O-line

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Northwestern assistant Adam Cushing told reporters Wednesday that he has indeed become the team's offensive line coach after working with the superbacks (fullbacks/tight ends) for the past four seasons.

The move had been widely anticipated shortly after line coach Bret Ingalls left to become running backs coach with the New Orleans Saints. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald will look to hire a superbacks coach in the coming weeks.

As Northwestern's top recruiter and recruiting coordinator, Cushing certainly deserves the promotion. He landed the Wildcats' top 2009 recruit, offensive lineman Patrick Ward, and also recruited Ben Burkett, who started as a redshirt freshman at center last fall.

With so much personnel turnover at the offensive skill positions, the offensive line's development will be crucial in 2009. Northwestern returns four starters up front and also will incorporate its talented class of redshirt freshmen linemen, led by Brian Mulroe, Nick Adamle and Jeff Radek.

Cushing's ability to mold and improve the line will loom large in the fall.