Ross Bowers

Northern Illinois quarterback Ross Bowers has completed 40 of 62 passes for 528 yards with three touchdowns and two picks in a pair of games. Content Exchange

LINCOLN — Tony Tuioti is taking a bigger role than usual in Nebraska game prep this week. After all, he had an up-close look at Northern Illinois’ starting quarterback the past two years.

Tuioti is NU’s first-year defensive line coach. Ross Bowers is a graduate transfer who won the top QB spot at NIU in fall camp. Both were part of the same Cal program in 2017 and 2018, with the assistant coach frequently working opposite the passer in practice.

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