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Zack Oliver to get minicamp tryout with Washington professional football team

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Former Northwestern quarterback Zack Oliver will get his shot at the NFL. The longtime backup has been invited to minicamp for a tryout with Washington:

At 6-foot-3 and 221 pounds, Oliver does have the size to play quarterback in the NFL. He backed up the duo of Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian in 2013 and served as the primary backup to Siemian in 2014. Oliver's lone start came after Siemian suffered a season-ending injury, a 40-33 loss to Illinois in 2014 in which he turned the ball over five times.

Oliver battled Clayton Thorson and Matt Alviti for the starting job in fall camp in 2015. Thorson won the job, and Oliver served as his backup. He appeared in five games in 2015 and guided Northwestern to victories against Penn State and Purdue.

Despite his lack of playing time and production, Oliver has a strong arm, and it's likely what earned him a shot as an undrafted free agent.

We broke down Oliver's NFL prospects, including video highlights, here.

Here are his career stats at Northwestern:

Completions Attempts Yards Completion % Touchdowns Interceptions Sack
2012 2 2 14 100 0 0 0
2013 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
2014 30 57 367 52.6 2 3 2
2015 23 53 267 43.4 1 4 6