Northwestern set to start fourth-string QB to wrap up 2019 season against Illinois
Hoping to avoid a double-digit loss campaign, the Northwestern Wildcats (2-9) travel to Champaign to battle the Illinois Fighting Illini (6-5) on Saturday at 12:00PM ET on FS1.
The final game in the Wildcats’ worst season since at least 2002, redshirt sophomore Andrew Marty will draw the start at quarterback.
The Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein shared the news on Twitter:
As expected, Andrew Marty #1 QB on the Northwestern depth chart
— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) November 25, 2019
Joining redshirt senior T.J. Green, No. 3 Clemson Tigers transfer and classmate Hunter Johnson and redshirt junior Aidan Smith, Marty becomes the fourth different signal-caller to start a game for Northwestern this season.
First seeing action in the loss to No. 1 Ohio State on October 18, Marty has appeared in four games thus far. All told, he has completed 8-12 passes for 95 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He has added another 90 yards on 22 carries (4.1 AVG).
Competing for the Land of Lincoln Trophy since 2009, these two programs have met 112 times dating back to 1892. While the Illini lead the all-time series, 55-52-5, the Wildcats have prevailed in six of the last seven contests, including four straight.