Crete QB in Lincoln last weekend

The 2011 class was a very good class for Nebraska for a number of reasons. One of the biggest reasons was the improvements that could be made on the offensive side of the ball, particularly under center. Nebraska signed two of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation. So what did an in-state quarterback here at junior day this past weekend in Lincoln?

Derek McGinnis was the one under center guiding Crete (Nebr.) to a state title this past year. McGinnis, a 6-foot-3 and 195-pound quarterback, was up in Lincoln this past weekend for junior day and got to meet the new offensive coordinator at Nebraska.

"I was at the junior day in Lincoln," McGinnis said. "It was a good time. I haven't had a chance to meet Coach Tim Beck before. He's a really cool guy and down to Earth."

There is no question about the position that Nebraska likes McGinnis at, but no questions were answered about the offense that Tim Beck will bring to Nebraska. All that is known is that the two incoming quarterbacks will greatly influence it.

"Nebraska likes me as a quarterback for sure. Coach Beck wouldn't give away anything that he was going to do with the offense. He said he wasn't going to say anything. He did tell me that quarterback isn't a huge priority for the 2012 class.

"He did say right now that the quarterback situation with the two guys they have coming in, Jamal Turner and Bubba Starling, that depending on what they can do will be a lot of the direction where they go with the offense for 2012."

Some people have tagged McGinnis with the "athlete" tab. McGinnis says he doesn't know where that has come from. "I don't know how my name got linked to being an athlete. I have always played quarterback, so I don't know. No one has spoken to me about moving positions at all."

McGinnis' role in the Crete offense this past year was to be able to cleanly get the snap and hand off the ball. It's not glamorous, but sometimes it's what a quarterback must do. McGinnis knows he can do a lot more too.

"This year we had a stud running back that ran for over 2,000 yards so I didn't have to throw the ball very much, which was fine. I think that I ended up with 1,400 yards passing and 16 touchdowns. We ran the ball quite a bit.

"I am definitely comfortable throwing the football around, for sure. I think that is the best part of my game. My ideal offense is probably under center and more pro set. My favorite route to throw is the corner route."

McGinnis is just getting done with basketball so no other plans have been officially set for the spring and summer. He does know about two or three camps that he plans on making.

"I just got done with basketball so I haven't taken any other trips. I am going to some camps for sure. I know that I am going to Iowa, Nebraska and then maybe Iowa State or Northwest Missouri State."

McGinnis also said that there are four schools that seem be sending him the most mail at the moment. "The schools that are sending the most letters are Nebraska, Iowa, UCLA has sent me some things and North Dakota is also sending me mail."

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