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Northwestern OC teaching MOE & NBT

Northwestern offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Mick McCall helping quarterback Dan Persa by helping him understand MOE & NBT.

In the Wildcats’ spread offense, it’s important for Persa to know his “margin of error” and “next best thing.”

Persa, who leads the nation in passing efficiency, explains, "If you don't like something, go to the next best thing.Don't force anything. And know where you have your margin of error. On a sideline throw, throw it outside. Over the middle, throw it low. These are little things that click in your head that do help."

Persa is 38-44 passing with 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in two games. 

McCall knows it’s important for Persa to stay healthy. 

"You have to manage that guy because you can't get through the season with him getting blipped up," McCall said. "I would much rather have other guys run the football. If he needs to make something happen to get a first down and then slide or get out of bounds, that's what we'll do."

Northwestern travels to Rice this Saturday. Kick-off is set for 7 pm EST.