Random Thoughts: A New WR and the QB Shuffle
Purple Reign Toomler
Posted Nov 1, 2006
Coach Roy

The average High School QB is the best athlete on the team, right? daCoach figures that's why so many former QBs are playing different roles for the Wildcats these days.

So the inevitible happened Sunday
When the three QBs, Eric Peterman, Andrew Brewer and Mike Kafka were signed by then coach Randy Walker, I asked the question, "Why 3 QBs?"

He told me that NU traditionally takes one outstanding QB a class, but this year [2005] they had a chance for 3 good QBs and they took it. Besides, the team is full of guys who took snaps for winning teams but switched around once they got to NU.

Chris Pool had always said that Peterman would eventually be a safety, and that one or two other QB recruits would wind up playing elsewhere on the Wildcats. Chris had a position change right, but not the eventual position for Peterman?

Eric Peterman moved to WR almost immediately as a true frosh, and almost immediately became an underneath threat. Last year's 12 receptions 2 TDs and 181 yards of offense made him a player you don't ignore, and playing with the likes of Shaun Herbert and Ross Lane gives him more than a few opportunities to make plays.

But the big news this week is that Andrew Brewer, who started just 2 games ago, is trying out the move from under center and into the WR rotation.

I'm sure he'll continue to take snaps, but the recovery of Mike Kafka will allow him to use his speed in the open field one on one, instead of trying to ellude the 5 or 6 rushers he saw during his QB starts.
Former QBs playing elsewhere on the present Cats
Andrew Brewer isn't the first High School standout QB to change positions after arriving at Northwestern. Here are all the present NU players who list time at QB in their HS bios...
  1. TE Frayne Abernathy was all area QB his Junior Year
  2. LS Phil Brunner was honorable mention all state
  3. WR Lee Coleman First team all Area for 1,900+ yards as a senior at QB.
  4. DE/DT Mark Koehn played a bit of QB back in Kansas
  5. K/P Slade Larsheid was an honorable mention all conference QB.
  6. LB Chris Malleo held both the New Jersey Prep and HS passing records, had 6 TDs in one game.
  7. WR Eric Peterman was a top rated QB at Sacred Heart/Griffin.
  8. SAF Brad Phillips First team all state, Fab 33 team in Pittsburg Post for his play at QB. 1100 yards passing
  9. SAF Brendan Smith well over 4,000 yards passing during his career but was better as a Safety.
These 9 former, and 4 present QBs expect to be joined by one more in the class of 2007, Dan Persa, who has been lighting up his eastern Pennsylvania league this season.

Persa also plays a little d-back, but has been playing half games lately because his team seems to be able to score at will.

The late Randy Walker always said that he like to recruit quarterbacks because of their athleticism - most QBs are the most athletic player on a HS team - and Walker liked good athletes first. NU always tried to take a good QB in each class, some stuck, some decided to play elsewhere.

We'll see if Coach Pat Fitzgerald continues that one QB a class trend. So far, it seems to have worked.
- da Coach

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