04/15/2014 - NFL scouts will get to watch Kain Colter work out Wednesday at Northwestern. But media members will not. NU's Pro Day will be closed to reporters. The decision was collaborative, with all parties - NU officials, Colter and scouts - deciding that the event would be more productive without a media sideshow. Colter, the former quarterback who hopes to make the NFL as a receiver, has been working out at NU's athletics complex to prepare.
Several former teammates also will show off their skills to scouts Wednesday: defensive linemen Will Hampton and Tyler Scott, receiver Rashad Lawrence and linebackers Damien Proby and David Nwabuisi. Former Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees will throw to Colter and Lawrence. Had Colter been available to the media, he would have been asked about veteran Wildcats such as Trevor Siemian, Kyle Prater, Venric Mark and Collin Ellis, who have come out strongly saying they will vote no on April 25 to unionizing. - Teddy Greenstein, The Chicago Tribune
04/09/2014 - NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith: NFL players support college union...The bid by Northwestern football players to form the first-ever college athletes' union might have the approval of the National Labor Relations Board, but that hasn't exactly meant support for their cause has been universal, with opponents ranging from the NCAA and Mark Emmert to the Wildcats' own coach Pat Fitzgerald voicing their strident opposition. But the College Athletes Players Association and leader Kain Colter will be happy to have the now-public support of the one union that arguably knows better than any other the issues with modern college football: the NFL Players Association. Writing at the Huffington, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith wrote Tuesday that NFL players "stand firmly behind" Colter and the CAPA.
Smith's post, titled "The Truth About Kain Colter's Stand and Why NFL Players Support Him," argues that the NCAA and its proponents have offered a "classic bait-and-switch argument" that has taken the focus away from the actual issues raised by the CAPA -- "full medical coverage for injuries sustained, limitations on practice time, scholarship shortfalls and rules to make promised education a reality" -- and onto the pay-for-play debate. "The response of the NCAA, the university president and people who don't want to hear Kain and his teammates is essentially, 'Shut up and play,'" Smith writes. "Current and future college athletes -- and especially their parents -- should stand behind, support, and be proud of a young man who decided not to just 'shut up and play.' Kain Colter has met the challenge, and we know others will too." - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
04/06/2014 - The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a "grossly inappropriate" way to solve problems in college sports while insisting schools have been working to get athletes more involved in decisions that impact them. At his news conference Sunday, NCAA president Mark Emmert said the association was in no rush to come up with plans in case college players' unions sprout up across the nation. He portrayed the recent decision in favor of Northwestern players who seek to unionize as a very early step. Emmert was joined by other NCAA leaders who said many of the association's biggest issues - including paying athletes and improving their health care - could be more easily resolved if the five biggest conferences were allowed to write more of their own rules. - AP Sports
04/05/2014 - Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald sided with his university against the formation of a players union in his first public comments Saturday, repeating what he already told his team: "I believe it's in their best interests to vote no." Fitzgerald addressed the issue for the first time with his squad Wednesday, a week after Peter Ohr, regional director for the National Labor Relations Board, ruled that Northwestern's scholarship football players were "employees." That decision entitled players to conduct a secret-ballot vote on forming a union to pursue collective bargaining with the school, a move that could significantly alter the structure of college sports - especially big revenue-producers like football and basketball.
Fitzgerald spoke at the end of a spring practice session at the school's lakefront facility, alongside a plot of land being developed for a $225 million athletic center. He also said that while he's constrained in what he can discuss regarding a union, he sent players and their parents a letter stating his position before addressing the team in person. "All this can be handled with communication. It's about trust," Fitzgerald said about issues - including improved medical care, practice schedules and others - raised by the College Athletes Players Association, the group seeking to unionize players. So far, CAPA has not addressed paying players on scholarship. "I just do not believe we need a third party between our players and our coaches, staff and administrators. ... Whatever they need, we will get them," Fitzgerald said. - AP Sports
04/03/2014 - Kain Colter's grandmother often spoke about rights and equality, values she brought home from her job managing an office of a Colorado law firm. Those conversations planted a seed for Colter, who would go on to become a quarterback at Northwestern University - and the face of an exploding movement to give college athletes the right to form unions and bargain. "He understands that he's been put on this earth to serve people," Colter's father, Spencer, said. From a start in sports at Cherry Creek High School in suburban Denver to a football revival at Northwestern, Colter has a circle of people around him who say they aren't surprised he is succeeding in his fight. After a decision this week by a regional director of the National Labor Relations board who said full scholarship players can be considered employees of the university, he also could leave a legacy as the athlete who formed the foundation of a dramatic overhaul of college sports that could potentially give athletes a chance to fight for a piece of an industry that generates billions based on their performance.
"Looking out for people and making sure people are treated fairly has always been in our family morals," Colter said in an interview with The Associated Press in Bradenton, Fla., where he is training for the NFL draft. "Obviously people come from different backgrounds and different situations, but everybody deserves to be treated fairly and they deserve basic rights and basic protections." - AP Sports
02/19/2014 - Northwestern University's quarterback testified at a federal hearing that playing college football is a job that schools make clear trumps academics. Kain Colter spoke Tuesday at the National Labor Relations Board hearing. It's being held to decide whether to OK the players' bid to form a first-of-its kind union. Whether they qualify as employees is the core question the board must answer. Asked why Northwestern gave him a scholarship of $75,000 a year, he responded, "To play football. To perform an athletic service." He said he'd aspired to study pre-med but abandoned that plan because of time demands the school makes on football players. He told the hearing players have no choice but to sacrifice academics. He says they could lose their scholarships if they slack off on football. - AP Sports
01/24/2014 - Colter to have ankle surgery, miss Senior Bowl...Former Northwestern quarterback/wide receiver Kain Colter withdrew from the Senior Bowl on Wednesday night because of a pre-existing ankle injury and will undergo surgery next week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Colter participated in three practices this week, determined to show teams he has the physical skills of a quality receiver after playing quarterback for much of his college career. He did so on injured ankle cartilage, an issue through which he played six games for the Wildcats last season. Colter's recovery is expected to require eight to 12 weeks. He plans to host a Pro Day in late April. - Rich Campbell, The Chicago Tribune
09/21/2013 - Some football players from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Northwestern had the letters APU - All Players United - written on their gear during Saturday's games as a show of solidarity that organizers hope will lead to changes in the NCAA. National College Players Association, an advocacy group for college athletes, organized All Players United and launched the campaign Saturday with an announcement on its web site.
Georgia Tech quarterback Vlad Lee had APU written on his wrist tape, along with several other Yellow Jackets during their 28-20 home win against North Carolina that was televised on ESPN. ESPN reported that Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter also had APU written on his wrist tape and some Georgia offensive linemen had it written on their gear. - AP Sports
09/07/2013 - Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, Kain Colter passed for a touchdown and ran for one, and No. 19 Northwestern pounded Syracuse 48-27 on Saturday. Tony Jones added a personal-best 185 yards receiving and a 47-yard TD, and the Wildcats (2-0) racked up 581 yards in all. They also intercepted Syracuse's Drew Allen four times on the way to an easy victory. How easy? They scored the game's first 20 points and led 34-7 at the half after collecting 387 yards, with their quarterbacks picking apart Syracuse (0-2).
They each completed 11 of 12 passes in the first half, and Colter seemed to be fine after suffering a concussion early in last week's win at California. He was 15 of 18 for 116 yards and ran for 87 yards. Siemian, who carried the load at quarterback last week, was 15 of 19, and Northwestern looked every bit like a team bent on showing it can beat the best of the Big Ten. - AP Sports
09/06/2013 - Siemian entered early after Colter was knocked out of the game with a possible concussion. "I wasn't expecting to go in that quickly," he said. "Coach (Mick) McCall told me about the third series he was going to try to work me in, but Kain got dinged up and I had to run out there. When they said Kain was done with the concussion thing, that's when I knew the keys were mine so I took it from there."
Syracuse is coming off a 23-17 season-opening loss to Penn State and looks to avenge last year's 42-41 setback to the Wildcats. "We could have beat Northwestern last year," Orange coach Scott Shafer said. "We had a handful of plays here and there that hurt us (and) we have to do a really good job in our kicking game to contain a really good return man. We can't give them hidden yardage in the kicking game and we have to improve on things both on offense and on defense." - The Sports Xchange
09/06/2013 - QB Kain Colter is listed as day-to-day after reportedly suffering a concussion last Saturday after just two plays. - The Sports Xchange
09/02/2013 - Northwestern cornerback Daniel Jones will have season-ending knee surgery. Coach Pat Fitzgerald said Monday that Jones will miss the rest of the year after he was injured in the first half of the Wildcats' season-opening win at California on Saturday. Jones started the final seven games as a sophomore last season and finished with 33 tackles and four passes defended.
Quarterback Kain Colter is day to day after suffering a concussion on the second play from scrimmage against California as is running back Venric Mark, who was hampered by an injury in the opener. - AP Sports
08/14/2013 - 2013 MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Kain Colter Sr. NORTHWESTERN 65.3,...The dual-threat Colter is coming off a 2012 season in which he started 12-of-13 games under center, threw for 872 yards and completed 67.8 percent of his pass attempts. He also racked up 894 rushing yards and averaged 5.3 yards per rushing attempt, and accounted for 20 total touchdowns on the season (12 rushing, eight passing). Entering his senior year, Colter stands fifth all-time at Northwestern with 23 career rushing scores. - Northwestern football
08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: Kain Colter, Northwestern,...A unique talent in college football, Colter also has been a threat throughout his career as a pass-catcher, having totaled 667 receiving yards and three receiving TDs over his three seasons at Northwestern. He named an honorable mention All-Big Ten performer in both his sophomore and junior seasons. - Northwestern football
08/14/2013 - TOP NORTHWESTERN PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. ATH Kain Colter (6-0, 190, 4.58)...The Wildcats projected starting quarterback, Colter has also seen time at wide receiver and running back over his career at Northwestern and is more of an "Offensive Weapon" type of prospect. In his three seasons in Evanston, he has amassed 1,691 rushing yards, 1,583 passing yards and 667 receiving yards with 40 career touchdowns. After Dan Persa graduated, Colter took over as the starting quarterback last season, but also saw considerable time at receiver. He has admitted in the past that he likely won't be a full-time quarterback at the next level, but is also willing to do whatever it takes to find the field in the NFL.
Colter has terrific athleticism with a natural feel as a ballcarrier to find running lanes and slip through the grasp of defenders. Coach Pat Fitzgerald calls him the "most dynamic young man" in the Big Ten due to his versatile skill-set and ability to create and pick up positive yardage, anyway possible. Colter is expected to share the quarterback duties again in 2013, but scouts will certainly pay attention to what he does when he's not lined up under center and that versatility could make him a draftable prospect on some draft boards. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com