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Video: Northwestern chronicles spring ball with "The Foundation"

Quarterback derbys at the most intriguing subplot to any football team's pre-season preparations. It's a game within a game, a decision that shapes a team and the players involved jockeying to lead that team.

This spring, Zack Oliver, Matt Alviti and Clayton Thorson will vie this off-season to replace Trevor Siemian and, as part of its new series "The Foundation", Northwestern will chronicle that battle. This week's episode focuses on offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mick McCall and his philosophy toward handling the three-man race, which he says is the first he's had in now eight seasons in Evanston. "They all believe that they're the guy, which is great," McCall says, "because if they don't they're not even in the competition. They're not even in the conversation."

"The Foundation" will run throughout the spring, centering on McCall and defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz.