Like the Badgers, Northern Iowa had themselves a QB competition this offseason. Unlike the Badgers, UNI’s QB competition was actually legit. When the dust settled, UNI coach Mark Farley chose redshirt freshman Sawyer Kollmorgen over the other QBs, Jared Lanpher, transfer Stephen Kaiser and true freshman Justin Black. So Kollmorgen will be the man behind center when Northern Iowa steps into Camp Randall Stadium for the season opener Saturday. And it will be his first ever game as a college QB.
Coach Farley actually made the decision a couple of weeks ago, explaining “I thought with the atmosphere and everything that will go along with the Wisconsin game, I just felt it was better we found out a couple of weeks early, so [Kollmorgen] could get his head right and get ready for the game.”
Jared Lanpher was the only one of the four QB competitors with game experience under his belt but he missed too much practice time after sports hernia surgery. SMU transfer Kaiser is still learning the system and Black is a freshman who will likely redshirt. That left Kollmorgen, who Farley said was “probably the most consistent in camp” among the four candidates.
Kollmorgen won’t have much time to get comfortable in his new job, as he makes his debut against the #12 team in the country and around 80,000 of their fans. Good luck, youngun.