Tuesday Practice Report

The Wildcats continued preparations for their Saturday set in Bloomington. The team put in two hours of work inside the Nicolet Center. There are a few noteworthy developments. Go down to the sidelines with this PurpleWildcats.com practice report.

• The Wildcats were indoors today on a cool, windy Evanston morning. The team practiced for two hours inside the Nicolet Football Center.

• Senior quarterback Dan Persa did not practice, but Pat Fitzgerald delivered some good news after practice. "He felt great; he said he's going to practice tomorrow. I fully anticipate him to practice tomorrow."

• More good news for Persa. His protective boot was off today, which he was wearing yesterday. Fitzgerald confirmed that Dan is responding well to the treatment.

• Meanwhile in practice, Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter split reps at quarterback, with Persa observing from behind the drills. As was the case back in the spring, Persa was guiding the two young quarterbacks through the drills.

• I've been very impressed with the continuous progression of Trevor Siemain. In the spring, he did not appear ready to play in a game. He is throwing the ball with confidence and his arm accuracy is vastly improved.

Damien Proby continues to work in with the first-team defense at Mike linebacker. Saturday was his first start in the middle, though he started at outside linebacker last season. Proby said that it's an easy adjustment to make with this defensive system in place.

• Both Ibraheim Campbell and David Arnold each worked in with the first-team defense next to Brian Peters at safety. Arnold is listed as the starter, according to the two-deep released on Monday.

• Freshman QB Zack Oliver delivered a gem today. While facing the first-team defense, Oliver threw a 40-yard bomb to fellow freshman Cameron Dickerson, who made an athletic catch in front of two defenders.

Venric Mark dazzled with his incredible breakaway speed. After catching a pass, Mark sped crossed the middle to the outside, and burned past the defenders to the endzone. He has one of these highlight reel plays almost every day in practice.

• The team seemed very loose today in practice. As usual, the tone was upbeat with music blasting throughout the field. Nobody is hanging their heads about the losing streak. This is just the way Fitzgerald wants it.

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