The Wildcats began their training camp on Monday in Evanston as the program works to implement a more productive offense and defense for its football team.
During their first day of training camp, the Wildcats showed glimpses of what their offense will look like throughout the season as quarterback Kain Colter did his best to remain in the pocket and running back Treyvon Green showed off his elusiveness on the ground.
More than anything, the Wildcats appear to have one of the deepest wide receiver corps in the Big Ten as they not only have Kyle Prater but Demetrius Fields and Rashad Lawerence, two players who could benefit from accurate passing from Colter.
The Wildcats have depth at the wide receiver position and that will bode well during the season and give Colter more confidence to stay in the pocket, something that benefits both him and the team.
“They’re going to make me look good,” Colter said. “We’ve got weapons all over the field. I feel like each [receiver] has something different. That puts together a well-rounder receiving group. We’ve got guys that can take the top off, great route runners [with] great hands.”
Having multiple options to throw to not only helps Colter with his goal of becoming more of a pocket passer, but it also gives this offense better chances to remain consistent. With a high-powered offense, the Wildcats could potentially be a threat in the conference this season.
For Colter, having a plethora of quality wide receivers not only helps his stats but gives him more confidence as well. Colter will need that added confidence to help this offense compete in a tough conference.
“You can look and figure my guy versus your guy and I feel like my guy is going to win,” Colter said. “The work that we put in [and] the chemistry that we have and how talented these guys are.”
While Colter has the tools to have a great season, the Wildcats could surprise teams in the conference with their offense.
Extra Notes: Freshman running back Malin Jones had to be lifted off the practice field on a stretcher due to dehydration. Jones was on the ground for around 15 minutes before trainers took him away on a cart.
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