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Farley Pleased With Panthers' Spring Progress

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CEDAR FALLS As spring practice ends for the Northern Iowa football team, Coach Mark Farley is a happy man.

With a disappointing 2013 season fully in the rearview, he and his Panthers have hit the ground running. The annual spring game closed spring practice last night at the UNI-Dome, and the veteran coach was happy with what he saw as the Defense beat the Offense, 45-40.

"I was pleased. I was pleased with our quarterbacks' decision-making, for the most part," Farley said. "I think we gained things we can look at on film from our offensive line play. So we got something out of this spring game."

The quarterback battle between incumbent starter Sawyer Kollmorgen and Brion Carnes continued, though the two aren't concerned, at this point, with who has an edge.

Both showed flashes in the spring game, with Kollmorgen finishing 16 of 20 for 178 yards and Carnes finishing 12 of 22 for 141 yards, one touchdown and one interception. They looked poised throughout the game, despite Carnes' interception. Carnes threw on the run, across his body and the pick was returned 99 yards for a touchdown by Jeremy Johnson.

Farley said if he had to choose a starter today, he could. But he added, with a smile, that he doesn't have to yet, and will wait until the fall to do so.

"I think, if you looked at just this game, you'd say Sawyer, but you also saw what Brion can do," Farley said. "Because his speed does change the game. And you can see his throwing is much better than it was. We've got to work on some of the decisions he makes running and throwing now, and kind of put that all together.

"I'm pleased with both for the spring, but there's work to be done."

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