Northwestern survived a second-half scare from Indiana on Saturday to remain undefeated, and do-it-all junior Kain Colter was the biggest reason why. Colter is the Big Ten Player of the Week.
Few college players have Colter's versatility, and he displayed all of his skills against the Hoosiers. After starting the first four contests at quarterback, Colter took the field as a wide receiver for the first snap, as teammate Trevor Siemian called signals. It was a sign of things to come as Colter spent a good chunk of the game at wide receiver and recorded nine receptions for 131 yards (14.6 yards per catch). Although wide receiver is a strength for the Wildcats, Colter showed he might be the best of the bunch, even though he primarily plays quarterback.
Colter boosted the pass game, but he did his best work running the zone-read play, for which Indiana had no answer. He had 14 carries for 161 yards and four touchdowns (11.5 ypc), repeatedly faking out Hoosiers defenders to gain big chunks of real estate. Colter tied the team single-game record for both rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns and set career highs in rush yards, receiving yards, receptions, touchdowns and all-purpose yards (292). Although he completed just one pass and threw an interception, he more than made up for it with his other contributions. "He is unbelievable," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "He is the most dynamic young man, I think, in this conference."
Colter certainly was on Saturday.