After serving as a backup with the Wildcats in his first year at the Big Ten school, Siemian started making his mark last season as a redshirt sophomore.
Overall, Siemian completed 128 of 218 passes for 1,312 yards and 6 touchdowns. He had a monster game in his first start for Northwestern, against Indiana on Sept. 29. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder sparked a 44-29 win over the Hoosiers while connecting on 22 of 32 passes for 308 yards.
But in Siemian’s highlight game, he came off the bench against Michigan. In a Nov. 10 visit to Ann Arbor, Siemian entered the game late in the second half and threw 2 touchdown passes, including a 15-yarder to Tony Jones with 3:59 left in the fourth quarter to give the Wildcats a 31-28 lead.
The Wolverines got a game-tying field goal with 2 seconds left in regulation and they won in overtime, 38-31.
2012 Bowl Highlight:
Northwestern is no longer a doormat football program, but the Wildcats entered last season not having won a bowl game since 1949 and riding a 9-game losing streak in the postseason.
Thanks to Siemian, the drought is over.
Kain Colter got the start for NU in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, but Siemian had a big impact in the 34-20 win vs. Mississippi State.
Siemian completed 12 of 21 passes for 120 yards and also ran for his first collegiate touchdown.
Heading into spring football practice, Siemian and Colter, who will be a senior next season, were slated to split time under center.
Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald used both QBs last year and expect the trend to continue in 2013.
When Fitzgerald wants to put the ball in the air more, Siemian is the better option. Colter is a phenomenal athlete and is often used at wide receiver.
Northwestern also landed a top QB recruit in Matt Alviti, who prepped at nearby Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill.