Nebraska football mailbag: What can we expect from Huskers’ QB competition?
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How long do you think it will take before we see a break through in the QBs?
— Jack (@goaleyj17) March 27, 2018
Nebraska’s quarterback situation is going to be an interesting one this spring, and I’m not even sure we’ll have any specific answers by the end of it. Without hyping it up too much, I sincerely believe the competition between all possible candidates is going to be really good. Sophomore Patrick O’Brien and redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia have a lot of potential, as does freshman Adrian Martinez.
With that said, coach Scott Frost didn’t just comment on his three scholarship quarterbacks after practice on Tuesday. While answering questions on possibly looking at quarterback transfers (which Frost is currently not worried about), another name snuck into the lineup.
“I’ve been impressed with Tristan,” Frost said. “Patrick’s been doing some good things. Obviously Adrian is here. [Sophomore walk-on] Andrew Bunch has been doing some good things for us out there, so we have some guys that are learning fast and are making good plays. If those guys keep developing, I think we’ll be all right.”
While we might start to get an idea of who is trending ahead of the others this spring, I could easily see the competition go into the fall. I’m not concerned about this either because I believe it will make every quarterback on Nebraska’s roster better. Even having UCF transfer Noah Vedral on the roster — he’s currently ineligible in 2018 because of NCAA transfer rules — will help.
If you’re someone wanting immediate answers, this competition won’t be for you. However, if you’re willing to let it play out, it could make for a really fun offseason.
Is Jaron Woodyard at spring practice or what is his status?
— Jeremy Pruitt (@THINKMULE) March 27, 2018
He is not at spring practice or on campus at this time. From what I understand, he is set to report to Nebraska this summer. I have not heard that change otherwise, so fans will get a chance to see wide receiver Jaron Woodyard in person this fall.
How do you think the tight end corps will shake out?
— Hey Y'all I'm Matt (@thew1242) March 27, 2018
Great question. I did my best to break down the offensive depth chart after signing day, but I have a feeling my thoughts will look much different post-spring game.
For now, the Huskers have 9 tight ends on the roster. Nebraska only lost Tyler Hoppes and Connor Ketter after the 2017 season. As for who is returning, the Huskers don’t have a lot of experience at tight end but plenty of potential.
I like both Jack Stoll and David Engelhaupt as possible starters, with Cameron Jurgens and Austin Allen backing them up. Stoll was one of two Huskers to catch a pass in 2017 (the other being Hoppes). His experience is limited, but I think what he has will be helpful.
Tight ends coach Sean Beckton likes what he has at tight end, so I’ll be just as curious as you are as to how it shakes out. For now, potential is there and spring football should help us get a better idea of who is rising to the top.
What happens with Ben miles
— Monte M McCoy (@MonteMMcCoy) March 27, 2018
Nebraska running backs coach Ryan Held broke Huskers fans’ hearts when he announced the news that Frost’s offense simply doesn’t use the fullback.
“The fullback is probably not a position — as long as they want us here at Nebraska — that will be a position,” Held said, per the Omaha World-Herald.
Ouch. Aside from the nostalgia for the fullback position on a Nebraska roster, what does it mean for the Huskers’ actual fullbacks? Redshirt freshman Ben Miles is still listed as a fullback on the roster, but that will probably change by the spring game.
Miles may be used as an H-back, but Frost and Held won’t pass him by. Miles has a lot of potential, so expect the coaches to find a way to make him successful in an offense built without a fullback.
If this isn’t the best first week of Spring Ball? Which first week was?
— Simba (@Simba_Simms) March 27, 2018
This is the most perfect first week of spring practice of all time. It will continue to be the most perfect first week of spring practice until next year.
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