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Dan Persa makes 2011 debut

Updated: October 1, 2011, 3:26 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Northwestern senior quarterback Dan Persa made his 2011 debut Saturday, starting against Illinois.

Persa had not played in a game since rupturing his Achilles tendon against Iowa on Nov. 13. He was hopeful to return for the 2011 season opener, but he was not cleared by the team's medical staff for the Wildcats' first two games and was only considered an emergency option in their third game against Army. Northwestern did not play last week.

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