Northwestern had a terrific season in 2012 winning 10 games, including the program’s first bowl victory since 1949.
A huge part of that success was due to the play Coach Pat Fitzgerald’s ‘Cats got at the quarterback position from Kain Colter.
Colter, part of Northwestern’s two-quarterback system, is a tough scout for opposing team’s defensive coordinators.
He’s a multidimensional threat able to impact a game in so many ways.
Colter threw for 872 yards last fall, nearly 450 yards less than backup Trevor Siemian, but Colter ran for 894 yards, and accounted for 20 touchdowns overall. Now that’s getting production from the QB position.
He displayed his versatility when Fitzgerald opted to line him up at receiver against Indiana. The result was Colter catching nine passes for 131 yards. Oh yeah, and he also ran for 161 yards and four touchdowns on a mere 14 carries against the Hoosiers.
We’ve seen Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez improve significantly in an off-season as far as bettering his passing skills. If Colter improves this off-season like Martinez did last year, look out.
There’s no doubt Northwestern needs to be a better downfield passing team in 2013. If Colter can be the solution to that, the ‘Cats suddenly get that much better.
Becoming that type of quarterback isn’t out of the question either.
Dave Eanet, Northwestern’s radio play-by-play announcer, really likes Colter’s accuracy.
“Clearly he’s a dual-threat guy, but maybe a better passer from an accurate standpoint as some of the dual-threat quarterbacks,” Eanet told RantSports.com.
Like Eanet said, Colter’s accuracy certainly isn’t an issue. After all, the junior completed a staggering 67.8 percent of his passes.
Big Ten beware … there will be a lot of talk about Martinez and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller heading into the 2013 season, and for good reason, but don’t sleep on Colter. He’s set for another very productive season, one that will translate into many more victories for Wildcat Nation.
Doug Griffiths is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association. Doug is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ISLgriffiths and Facebook.