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Jon Gruden

For starters, Northwestern needs a quarterback

For starters, Northwestern needs a quarterback

While defending national champion Ohio State flaunts a trio of proven exceptional starting quarterbacks, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is hoping for significant “separation” among his three less experienced quarterback candidates so he can designate a starter.

“It would be a good problem, but a challenge,” Fitzgerald said of Urban Meyer’s more favorable dilemma. “It plays itself out. It’s a good narrative.”

Meanwhile, Zack Oliver, Clayton Thorson and Matt Alviti will split practice reps as the Wildcats prepare for their Sept. 5 season-opener against Stanford.

Asked Friday during Big Ten Media Day in Chicago if he would consider going with rotating three...