Northwestern managed to pull out a victory on the road at Cal in the season opener on Saturday but it came at a cost. Fortunately, as the Wildcats prepare to host Syracuse in week two, key offensive weapons could be ready to go.
One of the keys to success this season for Northwestern is the health of quarterback Kain Colter. After suffering the effects of a concussion against Cal, Colter says he is ready to play this weekend against Syracuse. Teddy Greenstein of The Chicago Tribune quoted (via Twitter) the Wildcats quarterback saying “I’m ready to go. I’m planning to play this week.”
Venric Mark, the dynamic running back option that compliments Colter for a solid 1-2 punch, is battling through a leg injury. Mark was not removed from the game against Cal but his status should be a concern for Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern. Against Cal, Mark accounted for just 34 yards of total offense.
If Colter is unavailable for Northwestern, expect Trevor Siemian to once again fill in after proving himself capable of running the offense against Cal. Colter adds more versatility and leadership to the offense, but Siemian could be able to be called upon if needed. Siemian completed 18 of 29 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice by Cal’s defense. Syracuse came p with a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery in their season opening loss to Penn State.