Offensive starters -- even at quarterback -- up for grabs
Pat Fitzgerald said this may be the deepest team he has had in his seven years as head coach. With the exception of center Brandon Vitabile, left guard Brian Mulroe and left tackle Patrick Ward, the Northwestern coach said offensive starters will be determined during practice this week.
That includes quarterback, where Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian have been splitting time.
"All these reps were having in practice are going to determine who's going to start and who's going to play as we move forward," he said. "That's the approach we're taking now offensively. That's a really good thing. That's a really good problem that we have. We've got good depth, great competition."
Colter is the better runner and is more of a horizontal passer while Siemian is slower afoot but more consistently find targets downfield. How well they deliver in the red zone during practice this week could determine which player starts against South Dakota on Saturday.
"I want to see both those guys compete from a standpoint of being able to put the ball in the end zone," Fitzgerald said. "We'll see how everything unfolds."
Receiver Demetrius Fields said he is so comfortable with both quarterbacks that he sometimes doesn't realize who's in the game.
"I don't really notice which quarterback is in," receiver Demetrius Fields said. "Even in the first game, I didn't know that Trevor was in [on the game-winning drive] until mid-drive. That may have had something to do with me being oblivious, but at the same time, I have full confidence in both quarterbacks. They're both in the same amount of time watching film and telling us what they want out of routes. They are on the same page so it's kind of the same in our mindsets and we don't really think about it."
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