After suffering a torn Achilles against Iowa late last season, Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa is still moving around with a bit of a limp in practice. Or is he? Persa acknowledged that he is still adjusting to life after the injury, although he says he’s not dealing with any pain at the moment.
For him, having mobility is key. While he certainly picks up yards on the ground, his ability to keep plays alive and avoid sacks was vital in Northwestern’s success last year.
“I just think it’s from nine months of walking like that,” Persa said. “It’s tough to get it out of my head. When I run and cut, I don’t feel like I’m limping.”
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald has a different view of how Persa is coping with the recovery, however, and defused the situation by offering up perhaps the finest quote we’ve heard in the past month.
“I think he’s doing great,” Fitzgerald said. “Your limp could be somebody else’s pimp walk. It just depends on how you look at it.”
He’s absolutely right, no doubt it. (claps wildly)
And we hope for Northwestern’s sake, Persa is simply testing out his appropriate stride for a celebratory opening win. As for the game, he won’t have much of an opportunity to ease into a cupcake opponent like the majority of the Big Ten.
Northwestern travels to Boston College, one of the most intriguing week one matchups, and comes into the game as a 3-point underdog.