When the Achilles tendon of Dan Persa ruptured last November, the prognosis was that the Northwestern quarterback would miss an extended period of time rehabbing the injury, including the whole of spring practice the following year. Two months later, reports surfaced that Persa was ahead of schedule but was still expected to be unavailable for the spring sessions.
With the Wildcats set to commence official preparations for the 2011 season on Monday, it appears those expectations will, basically, be met.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, offensive coordinator Mick McCall reiterated that Persa is ahead of schedule. McCall also reiterated that his quarterback will spend the vast majority of the spring on the sidelines watching his teammates.
“We hope he will throw some routes and work it in, but not do any team stuff or 7-on-7 stuff,” McCall said. “But we’ll see where that comes out, and we’re going to err on the side of being conservative.”
That said, and barring a setback, Persa should be available for and participate fully in the start of summer camp.
With Persa sidelined, Evan Watkins and Kain Colter will take control of the offense for the spring. Watkins started the final three games of the 2010 season after Persa went down with his injury.