Starting quarterback battle at forefront of Northwestern training camp

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(EVANSTON, Ill.) -- "I'm here to announce I'm the starting quarterback this year."

The declaration did not come from Zack Oliver. Or Clayton Thorson. Not Matt Alviti, either.

All three quarterback contenders for the Wildcats' starting job played politician on Wednesday at Northwestern football media day, instead letting senior defensive end Deonte Gibson anoint himself as the QB for the season.

Only Gibson was joking, of course.

Kidding aside, the quarterback competition is front and center for everyone from the defensive players to the quarterbacks themselves.

Head coach Pat Fitzgerald says he reserves the right to keep any competitive advantage he can--and if that means waiting to announce his starter, he'll do just that.

Ideally, Fitzgerald said there will be a quarterback 1A and 1B, a clear starter and a ready-to-go backup who could be inserted in the lineup without seeing any drop off.

Oliver, a senior, is the only one of the three with any game experience, filling in for the injured Trevor Siemian last season, appearing in four games and starting the season finale against Illinois.