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Trevor Siemian plays his way into quarterback picture at Northwestern

After losing his shoe CamerDickerslays out grab TD pass from Trevor Siemian during Northwestern spring game. | TriciPendergrast~NU

After losing his shoe, Cameron Dickerson lays out to grab a TD pass from Trevor Siemian during the Northwestern spring game. | Tricia Pendergrast~NU

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Updated: May 16, 2012 8:27AM

If Northwestern’s spring game Saturday at Ryan Field was any indication, Trevor Siemian could be putting himself in position to be the Wildcats’ No. 2 quarterback behind Kain Colter.

Or he could challenge Colter for the starting job.

Siemian competed 8 of 14 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Colter went 7-for-12 for 56 yards and was sacked five times.

“I wasn’t perfect, but I did all right and I still feel like I could have made a couple of throws,” Siemian said. “We’re all pushing each other and no one is complacent. Zack [Oliver, the No. 3 quarterback] is playing real well, and Kain is playing well. No one is settling for the one, two or three [position].”

Coach Pat Fitzgerald wasn’t ready to designate Siemian or Oliver as the backup. He took the diplomatic route, noting that the Wildcats have three strong signal-callers, each with different skills.

“Kain has had a really good spring, and he’s done a great job leading the offense,” Fitzgerald said. “Maybe today’s snapshot might not be his best practice of the spring, but he’s done a really good job throughout.”

Heralded USC transfer Kyle Prater caught only three passes for six yards, but he was happy to be on the field after a challenging spring. Prater started practice late — he wasn’t medically cleared until two weeks into spring drills — and he had to learn a new playbook in a short time.

“You can be a great player, but at the same time, if the offense isn’t embedded in your mind, you can’t play your game,” Prater said. “But I feel great going into the summer. [The playbook] is different [because] I came from a pro-style into a spread. But I’m always in the film room, and I’m always going to put the time in.”

Prater said he doesn’t know when he’ll find out about his NCAA waiver request. If it doesn’t go through, Prater will have to sit out next season.

Two highlights of the scrimmage were defensive tackle Chance Carter’s 19-yard interception return for a touchdown of a pass by Oliver and Cameron Dickerson’s 40-yard diving catch from Siemian for a score. Dickerson ended up losing his shoe on the play.

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