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Kain Colter | Wide Receiver

Team: Northwestern Wildcats
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 190

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Vikings signed Northwestern WR Kain Colter.
Colter (5-foot-10 1/2, 198) played quarterback and wideout for the Wildcats, finishing his career with an 18:9 TD-to-INT ratio as a passer and combined four-year receiving stat line of 63-683-10.8-4. He averaged 4.9 yards on 449 carries. Colter couldn't work out before the draft due to an ankle-cartilage injury that required surgery. He projects as a possible Brad Smith-type player. Although there are exceptions, college QBs have generally had a very difficult time transitioning to different positions in the NFL. Colter is a long shot to latch on even with a wide receiver needy team like the Vikings. Sun, May 11, 2014 02:38:00 PM

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Northwestern's Kain Colter will likely transition to WR at the next level.

After missing the combine and the school's first pro day due to his recovery from right ankle microfracture surgery on Jan. 31, Colter worked out for 16 NFL teams at the Wildcats' second pro day on Wednesday at what was described as "85 percent." He ran a 4.71 forty. Colter "is described as being very athletic and having a good ability to catch the ball," wrote's Gil Brandt. "This is a good player who will be changing his position to play in the NFL." Colter (5-foot-11, 196 pounds) was a QB and RB at Northwestern.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 05:58:00 PM

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald is telling his players to vote against forming a union later this month.

Fitzgerald had previously refused to discuss the topic, but broke his silence after speaking with university attorneys. "I believe it's in their best interests to vote no," Fitzgerald said Saturday. "With the research that I've done, I'm going to stick to the facts and I'm going to do everything in my power to educate our guys. Our university is going to do that. We'll give them all the resources they need to get the facts." Northwestern players will vote on April 25, a right granted by Chicago's National Labor Relations Board office. The school is appealing the ruling.
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 11:47:00 PM

NCAA president Mark Emmert was highly critical of the idea of college football players unionizing.

"To be perfectly frank, the notion of using a union employee model to address the challenges that do exist in intercollegiate athletics is something that strikes most people as a grossly inappropriate solution to the problems," Emmert said Sunday. "It would blow up everything about the collegiate model of athletics." The National Labor Relations Board ruled last month that Northwestern players are employees and have the right to form a union. The school will appeal, and resolution to the case appears to be years away -- and perhaps a trip to the Supreme Court -- away.
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 10:49:00 PM

Northwestern football players will vote on whether or not to form a union April 25.

The Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board authorized the unionization late last month. Northwestern said it will appeal the ruling. If a majority of the 76 eligible football players vote for a union, the Kain Colter-led College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) would have legal right to collectively bargain with the school on the player's behalf. This case looks destined to be heard by the United States Supreme Court in a few years.
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 05:22:00 PM

Former Northwestern QB Kain Colter and president of the College Athletes Players Association Ramogi Huma spoke with legislators on Wednesday about the unionization of Northwestern football players.

The duo was in Washington, D.C. to urge lawmakers to protect a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that authorized the unionization. Northwestern said it will appeal the ruling. "Congress is an important part of the chess board," Colter said after meeting with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Said Brown in a statement: "College athletes dedicate the same hours to their support as full-time employees and deserve the same protections as any other worker."
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 10:01:00 PM

Former Northwestern QB Kain Colter and president of the College Athletes Players Association Ramogi Huma will travel to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday to speak with undisclosed legislators.

The duo is trying to protect a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that authorized the unionization of Northwestern football players. "We want them to understand why we're doing what we're doing," Huma said of his upcoming meeting with lawmakers. "Obviously, Congress has the power to affect conditions for college athletes as well, and we want to correct some of the false statements that have been made about what we're trying to do." College football players have at least one influential supporter in Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who told The Washington Post, "Of course they should be able to organize. The way these people are treated by the NCAA and the universities themselves is really unpardonable, and I wish them well. I'll do anything I can to help."
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 07:15:00 PM

The National Labor Relations Board ruled Northwestern players are employees and have the right to form a union.

One noteworthy line from the NLRB ruling reads "It cannot be said the Employer’s scholarship players are 'primarily students.'" Per the language in the ruling, these student athletes work well over 40 hours per week during training and the season, and work virtually year round. This is a large step forward towards athletes at every school unionizing, and potentially receiving compensation outside of scholarships.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Kain Colter and other Northwestern football players have filed paperwork in the hopes of unionizing, according to ESPN.

"This is about finally giving college athletes a seat at the table. Athletes deserve an equal voice when it comes to their physical, academic and financial protections," Ramogi Huma of the National College Players Association told Outside the Lines. Colter has completed his time with Northwestern and is on his way to the NFL, but the process apparently began last spring.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 11:24:00 AM

Northwestern senior WR Kain Colter will undergo ankle surgery and miss the next 8-12 weeks of the pre-draft process.

Obviously Colter will miss the Senior Bowl on Saturday. The injury was of the pre-existing variety. It is bad luck for Colter, especially since he showed great promise at receiver during the week of practice. He displayed a hands catching mentality and understood how to get his opposition off balance then break off his route. We still expect Colter to be selected in the fourth-round range.
Fri, Jan 24, 2014 09:46:00 AM

Northwestern senior QB Kain Colter is considered questionable with an upper body injury.

Colter was limited in Northwestern's last game against Michigan State. The quarterback will move to wide receiver during the draft process, and head coach Pat Fitzgerald expect him to be full healthy for the Senior Bowl.
Source: USA Today
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 01:17:00 PM

Northwestern senior QB/WR Kain Colter has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Colter is being listed as a receiver by the event. He already has some experience at the position, which puts him ahead of attempted conversion player Denard Robinson from last year.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 02:48:00 PM

Northwestern senior QB Kain Colter practiced on Tuesday.

Colter is dealing with an ankle injury and acted as the school's emergency quarterback against Minnesota. The mobile athlete is obviously hampered by the injury, and Northwestern has been on a losing streak since their close defeat to Ohio State.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 12:21:00 PM

Northwestern senior Kain Colter will act as the emergency QB against Minnesota on Saturday.

Colter is dealing with an ankle injury suffered against Wisconsin. The school's running back, senior Venric Mark, will miss this game. There are some suggesting he is dealing with a fractured leg.
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 11:59:00 AM

Northwestern senior QB Kain Colter did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday due to an ankle injury.

Colter is considered day-to-day for Saturday's game against Minnesota. Colter has an outrageous completion percentage of 82.7 on 52 attempts this season, but he is known more for his mobility than passing. Three of the incompletions were interceptions. He played sparingly in the blowout loss to Wisconsin.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 12:08:00 PM