Call it a weekly tradition: Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald asks Dan Persa on Monday morning whether he will recuperate in time to play the next game. Persa responds in the affirmative.
Persa left the Nebraska game after getting slammed to the turf on his left shoulder. Two weeks earlier, he bounced back from a turf toe injury.
“He’s a tough guy,” Fitzgerald said.
He’s also completing 74.5 percent of his passes for 221.7 yards per game. Both rank first in the Big Ten in conference play.
His counterpart, Kain Colter, earned co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors (with Wisconsin’s Montee Ball) after rushing for two scores and firing an 81-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Ebert in NU’s upset victory.
Fitzgerald called the Persa-Colter combo “a pretty special dynamic duo” and added that injuries to cornerback Jeravin Matthews and defensive end Vince Browne should not prevent them from playing Saturday against Rice. Superback Jack Konopka (bruised knee) is still being evaluated.
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