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Big Ten Football Top 150 Players: No. 138 Kain Colter, Northwestern QB/RB/WR

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Kain Colter #2 of the Northwestern Wildcats scrambes as Max Holloway #56 of the Boston College Eagles pressures on September 3, 2011 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.The Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Boston College Eagles 24-17.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Adam JacobiBig Ten Football Lead WriterOctober 15, 2016

No. 138: Kain Colter, No. 2, QB/RB/WR, Northwestern

2011 stats: 55-82 passing, 673 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT; 135 rushes, 654 yards, 9 TDs; 43 catches, 466 yards, 3 TDs

 

Strengths

There's probably no more versatile offensive player in the Big Ten than Kain Colter, who started out the season as Northwestern's starting quarterback while Dan Persa continued his rehab, then turned into a do-everything kind of player.

He split out wide on some snaps and caught about five passes a game, lined up under center in spot situations, and rushed about 10 times a game.

His 135 carries, 82 passes and 43 receptions is just about the weirdest breakdown of duties in the Big Ten in quite some time. 

 

Weaknesses

For all of his ability to play multiple positions, Colter is a man without one true position at this point in the game.

He started over Trevor Siemian in the spring game, but Siemian looked much sharper throwing the ball and avoiding sacks. Colter was primarily a rushing threat in 2011 once Dan Persa came back, and even when Colter was under center, he was far more likely to take off with the ball than pass it.

That doesn't indicate a great deal of trust from the coaches. 

 

2012 Prediction

Trevor Siemian is going to force his way into the equation at quarterback at some point, and it's quite clear that Pat Fitzgerald has no qualms about situational QB substitutions on his offense.

So even though Colter will probably hang on to his job as starting quarterback in 2012, Siemian should see plenty of playing time--and that means more versatility and creativity for Colter's role in the offense.

The only thing he's got left to do is hit himself on a deep post route, Mr. Perfect-style. Then we'll know he's good.

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