There were quite a few for the redshirt freshman, who played for NFA Master Coach Dub Maddox at powerhouse Jenks High School in Oklahoma before heading to Northern Iowa.
But let’s zero in on Kollmorgen’s first collegiate game. Facing heavily favored Wisconsin – the Badgers took the field ranked 12th in the nation – Kollmorgen and the Panthers almost pulled off a colossal upset.
Playing at home, Wisconsin hung on to beat UNI 26-21. With Kollmorgen under center, the Panthers mounted a furious rally that came up just short.
Trailing 26-7 in the fourth quarter, Kollmorgen led Northern Iowa back with two long touchdown passes to David Johnson. For the game, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder completed 18 of 34 passes for 265 yards and 3 TDs. Kollmorgen didn’t thrown an interception and finished with a QB rating of 147.5
Following his debut season at UNI, Kollmorgen was named FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) National Co-Freshman of the Year by College Football Performance Awards.
Kollmorgen finished second in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in total offense, averaging 228.4 yards per game. He ranked second in passing yards average per game at 222.7. Kollmorgen threw for over 200 yards in 9 games last season, capped by a 333-yard performance against Youngstown State.
To top off his remarkable season, Kollmorgen was named the MVFC Newcomer and Freshman of the Year for his performance during the conference season and was named MVFC Newcomer of the Week twice.
He also finished second in the voting for the 2012 Jerry Rice Award, which is awarded to the FCS’s top freshman in the nation.
Kollmorgen clearly established himself as Northern Iowa’s No. 1 quarterback as the Panthers head into spring practice to begin preparing for the Aug. 31 season opener at Iowa State.
He opened quite a few eyes in the Wisconsin game last year and continued improving his play week to week.
Junior Jared Lanpher returns as the Panthers’ backup quarterback after completing 6 of 15 passes for 98 yards in 2012 year. UNI recruited two quarterbacks – Jordan Hein from Perham, Minn., and Reggie Schulte from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.