Kain Colter willingly goes to the bench

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Gavin Stansbury-US PRESSWIRE

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter revealed Tuesday that he asked to be taken out of Saturday’s game against Syracuse.

During the last minutes of Saturday’s game in the Carrier Dome many watching on television had to be perplexed why Colter was not in the game.  To this point Colter completed 14 of his 21 pass attempts for 135 yards and two scores, adding 40 more on the ground and a score to this point, so it was odd not to see him on the field.

The quarterback that led the Wildcats to the come from behind win over the Orange win was backup Trevor Siemian who found Demetrius Fields for the touchdown from nine yards out with 44 seconds left on the clock.

Northwestern left New York with the win, but the biggest question is the heart of Colter and if he has the mettle to lead the Wildcats.

On one hand it is a bit commendable that Colter realized that he would not be able to guide the team down the field for the comeback if he were indeed injured.  However, these moves should be made by the coaching and training staff.

The bigger question is if Colter was afraid of not putting the team on his shoulders and leading the team down the field with limited time on the clock in a hostile environment.

If Colter was wilting under the pressure and could not take the field against Syracuse how in the world will his teammates and coaches have faith in him against the likes of Michigan State, Michigan, and Nebraska?

 Heading into the season I was a firm believer in Colter and thought he would be able to lead Northwestern, but after what happened in crunch time against the Orange, I have some serious reservations about his fortitude.

Colter and his Wildcats are home Saturday for a primetime affair vs. Vanderbilt, who was a play or two away from upsetting #9 South Carolina in their opener.

Colter will need to improve on his enigmatic performance vs. Syracuse and prove to his coaches and teammates he has the resiliency to lead them otherwise a quarterback controversy may be born.

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Patrick is a diehard Chicago sports and avid college football fan, and the host of “The Wake-up Call,” a weekly sports show on Sportstownchicago.com Wednesday mornings from 8-10.  View his show’s website here.