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Kain Colter Q&A: Minnesota Week

You seemed less involved in the gameplan for the Penn State game than the Indiana game. Is that something you knew going in or were you surprised?

I felt like, since I had a big game against Indiana, we kind of thought they were going to try to take some of that away. And I felt like some of that was in the game and we just didn't get back to it. I felt like the whole Penn State game we kind of just got away from what we were doing. I felt like we were running the ball really well throughout the season and we just weren't running the ball enough, and some other other things, but we've just got to get back to what we were doing and I think we'll be fine.

Has the zone read improved a lot for you guys and is it one of your biggest weapons?

I think it has and I think teams are going to start game planning for that. They're going to stop letting me pull the ball and making us run the ball inside, and we've got to be able to do that and take care of that, but at the same time, there are going to be times when teams split up, and just like we did against Penn State when we scored that touchdown in the red zone with the zone read, it can kill them. It's a great play. But you have to have a great game plan around the zone read and there's a lot of different things you can do, and that's just part of our offense that we've got to get back to.

Is switching quarterbacks a game flow decision or something that's pre-planned?

The offensive coordinator (Mick McCall) obviously makes that decision, and what goes into him making that decision, I don't know. It is kind of a situation, kind of where we're at, how the ball is moving, the momentum that we have and do we need to run the ball, do we need to pass the ball, that kind of depends if I'm at receiver or quarterback, or where I'm at. That really just depends and it goes up to the guy in the box, the offensive coordinator.

What's your favorite position?

I love playing quarterback. I love being a dual-threat and being able to run the ball. It's probably my favorite thing to do. But there are a lot of fun things I can do on the field — receiver, all that stuff has been good.

Is there a reason you've been throwing fewer times recently and do you wish you were able to throw it more?

I'm confident that I can go throw the ball. I feel like I've proven that throughout my career that I'm able to make some throws and I like to do that, but I'm not the one calling the plays, so whatever play is called I'm going to go out there and try to execute and try to help my team. So wherever I'm at, whatever I'm doing, I'm just going to go hard and try to win.