What a difference a year makes for Northwestern QB Kain Colter. Last season the backup QB to Dan Persa found himself making the stat sheet as a triple threat. You had to look in three areas of the box score: rushing, passing and receiving, to see the entire scope of his impact on the game.
This year, the starting signal caller job is all Colter’s and his main weapon will be Kyle Prater (if the NCAA waiver goes through). A lot of things have to go right in Evanston, but if they do, NU will have one of the best pitch and catch combos in the Big Ten, and the Wildcats offense could make some noise this college football season.
Prater, a 5-star recruit and USC transfer, didn’t get a lot of work with the 1s this spring because he doesn’t know all the routes yet. If/when he gets cleared by the NCAA, he will get his time with the first string. Colter and Prater live together, and go out and throw together all the time.
“Everyday after practice, we’re out here throwing and as we go into the summer heading into fall camp we’ll be be able to work on that a lot better,” Colter said after the spring game.
Colter completed 67% of his passes last season, 673 yards, 6 TD and 1 INT. He also ran for 100 yards versus Eastern Illinois, and 70+ versus Boston College and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
“I try to follow in the footsteps of Dan (Persa) and (Mike) Kafka in being a leader, and just work on being a true quarterback, not just focus on on receiver and try to make plays, and getting the ball to our play-makers in the offense,” Colter said of his goals from spring ball.
Getting the ball to the second and third reads, going through his progressions that will be the key to his making a leap forward.
“I feel like the game has slowed down a little bit, I feel like last year I got a little antsy in the pocket, and some of my reads weren’t there, and I scrambled to run, but something I’ve been working on is just sitting in the pocket more. And when I do scramble, scramble to pass first.”
Kyle Prater comes home to Chicago this season, the Proviso West high school star will go through an adjustment from injury recovery and the change of surroundings.
“The biggest thing was getting the playbook down. You can be a great player, but if the offense isn’t embedded into your mind you can’t play your game, I feel like as the spring progressed I got better as I learned more,” he said.
“I feel great heading into the summer as far the playbook goes. and the more you know, the more you can play your game, and play faster.”
And the faster he truly develops chemistry with Colter, the faster he’ll be an effective playmaker.
“It’s definitely gotten better, but we still got a lot to improve on and that’s why we got the summer is to look forward to. we’re going to be on it everyday. With the two of us living together, I’m going to be knocking on his door, we got to go throw. We’re going to be on top of this.”
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