Ryan Hilinski and Wayne Dennis Jr. connect for impressive TD in Northwestern practice
Ryan Hilinski is currently competing for the Northwestern starting quarterback job. In Wildcats camp, Hilinski showed a potential preview of the squad’s vertical passing attack.
Northwestern’s official Twitter account shared a clip of Hilinski finding Wayne Dennis for a touchdown on a deep pass.
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Hilinski is in the fourth season of his college football career. His freshman season, he played in 11 games for South Carolina, going 236-of-406 passing for 2,357 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2020, however, he made just 2 appearances. Hilinski transferred to Northwestern for the 2021 season. Last year, he appeared in 9 games (5 starts) for the Wildcats, going 95-of-176 for 978 yards with 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Hilinski is competing with sophomore Brandon Sullivan for the starting job. The Big Ten Network recently visited Wildcats camp. BTN analyst Joshua Perry shared his thoughts on the QB competition.
“The quarterback competition at this point is very much a competition,” Perry said. “Hilinski and Sullivan both had some good plays during practice, but they also both made mistakes. This is one that I think is going to play out a little bit more.”
Northwestern opens the season against Nebraska on Aug. 27 in Dublin, Ireland.