Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Dan Persa has been working his way back from an Achilles injury he suffered against Iowa last season that forced him to miss the rest of the year, but his status is unknown for the season opener against the Boston College Eagles on Saturday, September 3 in Chestnut Hill.
Although Persa and his coaches are seeing continued progress, the quarterback's status for the opener remains up in the air. Coach Pat Fitzgerald said that while Persa is "really close," he'll continue to consult with the team's orthopedic surgeon and Persa before making a determination on if or how much the quarterback plays against the Eagles. "He's doing more and more each day," Fitzgerald said. "That's encouraging. It's not the Achilles. It's just the strengthening and conditioning." (via ESPN)
Persa, a senior, threw for 2,581 yards and 15 touchdowns against four interceptions on 222-of-302 passing prior to his injury last season. He has 2,805 passing yards and 17 touchdown passes in his career.