Published Tuesday, October 16, 2012 AT 11:54 AM / Updated at 11:54 AM
Two QBs will be challenge for Huskers
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Northwestern not only plays two different quarterbacks, but there’s not always a pattern or predictability to how the Wildcats use Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian.

So Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Tuesday that the Huskers have to be ready for anything, including “having some awareness of who is in at quarterback and what they do best.”

“It’s not like it’s two totally different offenses when a different guy’s in there,” Pelini said on the Big Ten teleconference. “Obviously they have a little bit different skill sets and things they do really well, but they’re both capable of running the football and they’re both capable of throwing the football.

“You have to be ready for whatever they choose to do against you, because it’s not like they limit their offense one way or the other with either of the guys that they put in the football game. They do a good job of keeping you off balance no matter who’s back there.”

Siemian has thrown for a team-high 811 yards, completing 63 percent of his passes. Although known for his running ability, Colter is still competing 70.5 percent of his throws and has passed for 432 yards.

Colter also ranks second on the team in rushing (421 yards, eight TDs) and has caught 13 passes.

Pelini called the Northwestern offense “well thought out.”

“I think they use their personnel very well,” he said. “I think they’re a really well-coached football team. A lot of that is being able to utilize your personnel in the right way. I think they do a good job of it.”

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