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Meineke Car Care Bowl Of Texas 2011: Northwestern Wary Of Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill has had an interesting career at Texas A&M--he spent two seasons at wide receiver before moving to quarterback and winning the starting job. This season Tannehill threw for 3,415 yards and 28 touchdowns and piled up nearly 300 yards rushing along the way. Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald praised the quarterback, saying Tannehill reminded him of former Wildcats QB Mike Kafka.

"He has a big-time arm, and he makes great decisions with the football," Fitzgerald said after Saturday's 10th practice to prepare for the Dec. 31 Meineke Car Care Bowl. "He's athletic enough to really make you pay and understands their system inside and out."

Stopping Tannehill, or at least slowing him down, will be a major task for Northwestern's defense on Dec. 31.

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