If at first you don’t succeed, try, try — and try and try — again.
By now, you’re fully aware of Northwestern’s stunning woes under center. The Wildcats have thrown just five touchdown passes in 11 games this season, tied with Old Dominion for the fewest at the FBS level. They average just 122.6 yards passing per game, ahead of only a trio of run-heavy schools in Navy (103.2), Army (83.1) and Georgia Southern (72.7).
Oh, and their 83.4 passer rating as a team? It’s dead last by a wide margin, with the closest team, ODU, at 101.7.
Most of those numbers were compiled with three starting quarterbacks; in Week 14, Northwestern will make it an even four starters at the position as Andrew Marty will get the nod in the season finale this afternoon vs. Illinois.
TJ Green started the season-opening loss to Stanford, but his year came to an abrupt end because of a broken foot. Hunter Johnson, a transfer from Clemson, and Aidan Smith, whose injury ultimately opened the door for Marty, have earned starts this season as well.
For Marty, the sophomore will be making his first career start at the collegiate level today. Taking over for an ineffective Johnson against Minnesota last weekend, Marty completed eight-of-10 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Prior to that, he had attempted just two passes during his time with the Wildcats.