Nebraska spring game 2017: 5 things we learned
LINCOLN, Neb. ― Nebraska scrimmaged in front of a little more than 78,000 people on Saturday afternoon.
The Huskers were split into two teams: the Red team filled to the brim with returning starters and the White team with mostly second- and third-team players.
Since the score (55-7, Red team) didn’t really tell us anything, here’s what we learned beyond the numbers.
The recruiting hype is real
More than 40 recruits from around the country came to watch the spring game on Saturday.
Here’s what that looked like before the game on the sidelines.
Tristan Gebbia has an arm
A true freshman, early enrollee and youngest player on the team, Tristan Gebbia threw for more than 200 yards against mostly first-team defenders in his debut in a Huskers uniform. Gebbia played for the White team for most of the game, but then switched to the Red team for one final drive, where he threw an 11-yard touchdown pass on fourth down.
In a lot of ways, Gebbia was the most impressive quarterback of the day.
He went up against the best defense and came away with tremendous numbers. It will be a while before Nebraska needs Gebbia at quarterback, but it was a small glimpse into the future. Which wasn’t too bad for a kid who should be going to prom soon.
Tanner Lee might’ve won the starting job
Redshirt junior Tanner Lee looked like he was the starter on Saturday. He led the Red team on its first touchdown of the day, which included this beautiful ball.
— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) April 15, 2017
Lee finished the day 13-for-19 for 190 yards and 3 touchdowns. He had a handful of throws that Nebraska fans probably haven’t seen in a decade. It’s safe to say that we’ll likely hear he’s the starter in a few days.
The 3-4 defense?
Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco was right. We didn’t see much of it. Nebraska even came out on the first series in a 4-3 defense. So in Diaco’s words, if you were looking to see what the Huskers defense would look like in 2017, it wasn’t what we saw on Saturday.
Tight ends everywhere
Nebraska’s quarterbacks threw a ton of passes to tight ends on Saturday, something that also hasn’t been seen in a long time.
Tyler Hoppes had 3 catches for 55 yards, which was the second-most receptions on the Red team. And David Engelhaupt had 3 catches for 49 yards, which also was good for the second-most receptions on the White team.