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Panthers play true freshmen in game against N. Colorado

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - During Northern Iowa's 46-7 victory over Northern Colorado on Saturday, UNI head coach Mark Farley was agonizing over the toughest decision of the game.

Coach Farley had to make the tough choice of pulling the red shirts of a couple of talented true freshman -- Panther defensive lineman Preston Woods and linebacker Jared Farley.

Jared Farley, the coach's youngest son, and Woods both got their first taste of college ball. Jared replaced big brother Jake on defense.

Jake Farley assessed his younger brother's performance.

"I think he had a little jitters his first couple of snaps." Jake said. "I wish I had been out there because I think he could have got a couple of picks. But he got comfortable after that and did pretty good."

Panther head coach Mark Farley thought both true freshmen did fine.

"They can play for us -- we just had to get em out there so we could correct them and see where they fit," Coach Farley said. "It was kind of decided when I thought, 'What a great opportunity' -- but I was kind of apprehensive because you don't want to take someone's red shirt unless you are going to use them all season. But if you're going to make a decision, you want to do it early in the season to make it worthwhile -- and that's what we did."

UNI hosts Tennessee Tech this Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the UNI-Dome.

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