All-Big 10 QB Dan Persa Completes Comeback Trail; Ready for 2011 (Video)

A couple weeks ago, the Northwestern Wildcats launched “PersaStrong,” a media campaign to promoting senior quarterback Dan Persa as a 2011 Heisman Trophy candidate. Persa enters this season after being named the All-Big Ten first-team quarterback in 2010, a season in which he broke the Big Ten’s all-time record for completion percentage with a 73.5 mark. He missed the last three games due to a ruptured Achilles, but still had a 5 touchdowns, threw just four interceptions and ran for another nine scores. He is healthy and ready to go for training camp.

Today was NU Media Day; and Persa spoke about a whole host of topics. Watch the video after the jump

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Northwestern Launches Persa Heisman Campaign; Voting Opp for New B-Ball Court

Today the Northwestern Wildcats launched “PersaStrong,” a media campaign to promoting senior quarterback Dan Persa as a 2011 Heisman Trophy candidate. Persa enters this season after being named the All-Big Ten first-team quarterback in 2010, a season in which he broke the Big Ten’s all-time record for completion percentage with a 73.5 mark. He missed the last three games due to a ruptured Achilles, but still had a 5 touchdowns, threw just four interceptions and ran for another nine scores. He is healthy and ready to go for training camp.

“In addition to his 159.0 pass efficiency rating, Persa is a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, a candidate for Capital One Academic All-America honors, a nominee for the NFF’s William V. Campbell Trophy and a member of nearly every major quarterback and offensive player award watch list.

“PersaStrong” is consists of three prongs:

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#35 Northwestern Wildcats: College Football 77 in 77

GO-CATS!

It’s going to happen someday right? It has too. Chicago sports KNOWS DROUGHT. The Blackhawks ended their 49 year cup drought in 2010. The Cubs have that 1908 thing still going, and Northwestern football has 1949. That’s the last time they won a bowl game; failing in eight tries. Then there’s the basketball team which still hasn’t been to a NCAA Tournament (the only major conference school never to have done so).

Maybe this is the year in Evanston?

Pat Fitzgerald displayed some of his trademark intensity in the post Ticket City bowl game press conference on New Year’s Day. The ‘Cats played well and put up a good fight, but alas, a loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Fitz emphasized a certain point about his program by raising his voice significantly. Therefore, I will type in all caps the portion of the quote spoken with an elevated tone of voice. I hope this further conveys the message.

“As I look at our junior class it’s one of the more successful in our program, starters across the board who have played multiple years AND ITS TIME THAT THEY STEP UP AND IF WE WANT TO WIN THESE KIND OF FOOTBALL GAMES AND WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS THAT CLASS HAS GOT TO STEP UP, THEY GOT TO START MAKING MORE PLAYS AND THEY GOT TO START LEADING, AND THEY GOT TO BE THE CATALYST FOR US TO BE WHERE WE WANT TO GO. AND I CHALLENGED THEM AT THE START OF BOWL PREP, A LOT OF GUYS MADE PLAYS LIKE JORDAN DID and if we want to go where we want to go it’s their time now, it’s their senior year,” he said.

Ah, the joy that arrives when you reach a home team you cover regularly in the 77 in 77.

pat fitzgerald

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#39 Arizona Wildcats: College Football 77 in 77

Arizona Wildcats cheerleaders

Get ready  for some “white collar football.” I figured since everyone calls run-oriented teams “blue-collar” (yes, it is an annoying cliche) I would call pass-oriented teams “white collar.” And the Arizona Wildcats were first in the Pac-12 in passing last year, 9th overall. And with the most talented WRs group in school history, and a NFL prospect QB in Nick Foles, they will be fun to watch. If they can keep Foles upright that is.

Total career starts among all returning OL- 1!

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