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Northwestern football notebook: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini ready for QB tandem

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Northwestern’s quarterback tandem of junior Kain Colter and redshirt sophomore Trevor Siemian each threw an interception in the Wildcats’ 44-29 victory against Indiana on Sept. 29.

They are their only interceptions this season.

``They have different skill sets but both of them are capable of running and throwing the football,’’ Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said of preparing for Saturday’s game against the Wildcats. ``You have to be ready for whatever they choose to do against you.

``They do a good job of keeping you off balance no matter who has the ball.’’

Pelini said the Wildcats’ offense ``is well thought out. They use their personnel well. Obviously, Kain Colter is a good football player and they like him as a quarterback and receiver. He has a multitude of talent and they use him in a multitude of ways to get the most out of him.’’

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is comfortable using both Colter and Siemian, with Siemian making his first career start against Indiana on Sept. 29. He had been a backup his first two seasons.

Weekly honors

Redshirt freshman cornerback Nick VanHoose was named Big Ten freshman of the week and the team’s defensive big playmaker after setting a career high of three pass breakups against Minnesota last Saturday.

``He’s a dynamic talent,’’ Fitzgerald said. ``He’s big, explosive and physical. He reminds us of a young Sherrick McManis [Northwestern alum who plays for the Bears]. He’s getting better and better each week.’’

Back in black

Northwestern will wear new black jerseys trimmed in purple for Saturday’s game against the Cornhuskers.

Corn connection

Fitzgerald has ties with Nebraska wide receivers coach Rich Fisher. They were on the same staff at Idaho in 2000 when Fitzgerald was linebackers coach and Fisher the receivers coach.

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