Nebraska HS: Top QBs

Big Red Report examines the four best quarterbacks in the state of Nebraska for the 2012 class. Out of Tay Bender, Derek McGinnis, Ryker Fyfe, and Brandon Stuart, who would take our top spot? Come inside to find out.

1.) Tay Bender – (6-2, 205) – Lincoln Southwest – Not only is Bender the state's top signal-caller, but he could be the best athlete in the 2012 class for the state of Nebraska. The Huskers wanted to recruit and offer (some debate if he actually got one) as an athlete, but Bender was pretty clear he wanted a chance to play quarterback at the next level. That option was just something Nebraska wasn't ready to commit to, so Bender decided to commit to Kansas State. In his first year under center last season, the soon to be senior threw for nearly 1,000 yards and ran for another 800 – earning All-State honorable mention. His stats aren't as impressive as some, but Bender definitely has upside and will greatly benefit from a year under his belt.

2.) Ryker Fyfe – (6-4, 190) – Grand Island – Fyfe impressed the Nebraska coaching staff at the Nebraska Elite Quarterback camp in June, telling him they will be watching very closely this fall. As a junior, he threw for almost 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns, allowing only three interceptions for the 6-4 Islanders. A talented player on the court and diamond as well, Fyfe is anxious to start his senior season after the way 2010 ended. Grand Island lost in the first round of the state playoffs, falling to Millard West 24-8. Fyfe just managed 111 yards through the air, while the whole team struggled to get 150 yards total.

3.) Derek McGinnis – (6-3, 190) – Crete – At times last season, McGinnis was shadowed by a great running attack, but the junior still threw for 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Cardinals - who won the Class B State Championship going 13-0. McGinnis has had a summer full of one-day camps, trying to impress coaching staffs around the Midwest. With star running back Brock Sherman gone, more of the offense will be put on the senior's shoulders in 2011. McGinnis would be another get walk-on candidate for Nebraska, but is more of a pro-style quarterback.

4.) Brandon Stuart – (6-1, 180) – Bayard – After putting up five Nebraska All-Class passing records last year, it's hard to imagine Stuart going unnoticed, but it's the problem playing in west Nebraska and in C-2. Stuart's highlight tape is dominated by long passes early, but after watching a few minutes, it becomes evident he can really run the ball. In 2010, Stuart threw for over 2,400 yards and 28 touchdowns. Don't be surprised to hear of Stuart in a couple years at a D-1AA or D-2 school putting up major yards.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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