Hunter Johnson now has a clear opportunity to be Northwestern’s full-time quarterback.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald confirmed Thursday that QB T.J. Green had season-ending surgery for a foot injury suffered in the team’s Week 1 loss to Stanford. Green, a former walk-on, had been competing with Johnson to be the team’s starter and the two split time in the loss against the Cardinal.
Green, the son of former NFL QB and current CBS commentator Trent Green, suffered the injury when he got hit while scrambling in the third quarter. The fifth-year senior could choose to apply for a medical redshirt and return for a sixth year of eligibility if he wanted.
Before the injury, Green was 6-of-10 passing for 62 yards and had rushed for 10 yards. He had played in nine games in 2018 as the backup to Clayton Thorson.
Johnson transferred from Clemson
Believe it or not — you certainly believe it if you watched the game on Saturday — Johnson’s stat line was worse than Green’s. The Clemson transfer and former five-star recruit was just 6-of-17 passing for 55 yards and threw two interceptions. Northwestern’s offense tallied just 210 yards and had two fumbles. The team’s only touchdown came halfway through the fourth quarter on a 12-play, 50-yard drive.
Johnson sat out the 2018 season after he transferred from Clemson following the arrival of Trevor Lawrence. Northwestern is off in Week 2, so Johnson will get his first chance as the undisputed No. 1 QB against UNLV in Week 3.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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