Persa is a less hidden candidate now due to the recent Heisman billboard campaign put forth by Northwestern. Persa injured his Achilles’ tendon against Iowa Nov. 13 last season. Case Keenum has much less hype coming into this season, but Cougar fans and college football followers know he can put up big numbers. Keenum injured his right knee early last season against UCLA on Sept. 18 and was granted a sixth year of eligibility.
If both the QBs recover successfully from their injuries, then they should have big seasons once again. Of the two, Persa would have the better chance since Keenum is known for being a “system” quarterback. In 2009, Keenum passed for 5,671 yards and 44 touchdowns with a 70.3 completion percentage while leading the Cougars to a 10-4 record. In 2010, Dan Persa played in 10 games(7-3) for Northwestern in which he had a 73.5 completion percentage while passing for 258.1 yards per game with 15 passing touchdowns to only four interceptions and rushed for 519 yards with nine rushing touchdowns.