Quarterback Battle Brewing In Evanston?

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter has expressed his goal of becoming more of a pocket passer this season, but he may have to worry about holding the starter’s job coming out of fall camp.

Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald mentioned during Northwestern’s Media Day that as of now, an official starting quarterback hasn’t been named, which could open the door for sophomore signal-caller Trevor Siemian.

“If we were playing in the next couple of days, there would be no question that Kain [Colter] would be our starting quarterback,” Fitzgerald said. “I like that Trevor [Siemian] wants to be the starter, you’d be a little disappointed if any guy in the backup position didn’t feel that way.”

Siemian, like other backup quarterbacks in football, wants to lead his offense to victories. Unfortunately for him, he’s waiting behind a talented and versatile quarterback in Colter who can scramble if need be to avoid sacks.

While Colter played three different positions for the Wildcats last season, his progression as a full-time quarterback will be necessary for the team to compete this season. Siemian appeared in eight games in 2011 for Northwestern. He passed for three touchdowns and 256 yards and could potentially see more action this season.

“If you look at our track record over time, we’re going to find a way to get our best eleven players on the field and right now we see that with Kain being our quarterback,” Fitzgerald said. “As Trevor continues to evolve and all of the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place you can never say never. We’re very pleased with where Kain is with his development and taking over a leadership role. I’ve said it in the past and I’ll say it again, Trevor is 1B, he’s ready to play and ready to go, so I think we have a good problem here.”

Quarterback battles are nothing new to any football team, this one could fizzle out quickly given that Prater is poised to have a stellar season for Northwestern. Although Siemian appears to be a long shot to start on Sept. 1 against Syracuse, that hasn’t stopped him from preparing for the role.

“Not just me, any quarterback that’s in a reserve role and hasn’t played quite as much would definitely want to be a starter,” Siemian said. “It’s just something I’m working at every day, competing, we’re all competing.”

Position battles in football can sometimes disrupt a locker room and create tension, but not with this team. Although the season hasn’t started, it appears that this quarterback battle isn’t stopping Northwestern from focusing on their goals of winning the conference championship.

“Ultimately the coaches are going to decide what’s best for the team,” Siemian said. “If it’s best for the team for [Colter] to play or me to play, so be it. I don’t think we’re thinking about this individually so it’s not too hard to get caught up in.”