Fitzgerald names Thorson starting QB
It turns out there won’t be a three-quarterback monster in Evanston.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald announced on Thursday that redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson will get the job. The athletic department’s Twitter account confirmed the information.
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Thorson was battling Zack Oliver and Matt Alviti for the starting job. Thorson came into Northwestern as the top-rated recruit in Fitzgerald’s 2014 class. The former four-star recruit was the 74th ranked player coming out of high school and was the No. 5 pro-style quarterback.
Northwestern will need more production of the quarterback position after finishing 98th in the country in scoring. Trevor Siemian only threw for seven touchdown passes as the starter last year.
Thorson will have the Big Ten’s second returning rusher at his disposal. Sophomore Justin Jackson racked up 1,187 yards as a freshman and figures to still be the focal point of the offense.
At 6-4, 220 pounds, Thorson fits the bill of more of a pro-style quarterback but also has the mobility to run Fitzgerald’s spread offense.
Northwestern will open the season against Stanford, which was one of the nation’s best defenses in 2014.