Is Northwestern QB Dan Persa Healthy?
Northwestern QB Dan Persa
Northwestern QB Dan Persa
Posted Mar 31, 2011

Is there going to be any semblance of a Northwestern running game? Is the team planning on QB Dan Persa coming back healthy as the same player? From the Scout publishers, here's the inside info on the key questions this spring.

Spring 2011 - Key Questions


What's happening this spring season? Several Scout publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.

Q: Is there going to be any semblance of a Northwestern running game? Is the team planning on QB Dan Persa coming back healthy as the same player?

From Chris Emma, NUWildcats.com … It will likely be a work in progress, but Northwestern could have a solid ground game. The Wildcats return Mike Trumpy, who became the starter last season and put together a solid season, averaging 4.6 yards per carry, despite missing several games. After Trumpy, things are a little messy. The Wildcats lost four running backs in the offseason, with three of those players leaving unexpectedly. Returning running backs Jacob Schmidt, Tyris Jones, and others could compete for carries, while incoming freshman Jordan Perkins and Trevyon Green could also get some playing time. But with Northwestern's spread offense, the team can survive without a running back being a major factor.

As far as Persa and his ruptured Achilles heel, flash forward to this spring. Persa is out of his walking boot and is ahead of schedule in his recovery, but he's still not practicing with the team. Wildcat fans should feel optimistic because Persa is a workout freak, and his incredible work ethic is making his rehab to go so smoothly.

Northwestern saw the nightmare scenario of what their team looks like without Persa, and it is not pretty, but barring a significant setback, the main man will be back at full-strength this season and is poised for another huge season.

The major storyline this spring is the regrouping of the defense. In their final three games, the Wildcat defense surrendered 54.3 points per game and a total of 1,670 total yards. Simply put—it was a disaster and it still needs work.

This spring is a new beginning for that unit, who is putting those tumultuous three games in the past. Pat Fitzgerald said of the defense, "I think we're getting back to the attitude that we've always had." The spring will be telling as to how they respond to adversity.

- Who's REALLY The Best QB Option At Penn State?
- Really, Will Jim Tressel Be Missed For 5 Games?
- Is Northwestern QB Dan Persa Going To Be Healthy?
- How Is Al Golden Doing Things Differently At Miami?
- Is West Virginia's Offense About To Explode?
- Are The Tennessee Lines Going To Be Better?


- Can Oklahoma State Still Rock Without Holgorsen?
- Will Navy Throw Even Less Without Ricky Dobbs?
- How Is Maryland Different Under Randy Edsall?
- How Is Cincinnati Different In Butch Jones, Year 2?
- Will Idaho Finally Have A Defense?
- Are The Tennessee Lines Going To Be Better?


- And The Notre Dame QB Will Be … ?
- Is Fresno State Going To Keep Running?
- Will Louisiana Tech Be The New Texas Tech?
- Have The Ugly Bowl Losses Affected Arizona?
- Is Michigan's Brady Hoke Starting From Scratch?
- Is QB Jordan Wynn Ready To Run The Utah Attack?

  Spring Questions
- Will Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase Throw More?
- Will Boise State's Move To The Mountain West Matter?
- Have Things Changed At Colorado Under Jon Embree?
- Who's California's Next Superstar?
- Is Florida State's E.J. Manuel Ready? 

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