Carnes still at No. 2

There is no doubt that Taylor Martinez has the starting quarterback spot locked up, but who will be his top back-up?

Lincoln, NE - Not always the case, but more times than not a fan favorite on every football team is the back-up quarterback.

Brion Carnes is currently No. 2 on the Nebraska quarterback depth chart - for now.

Carnes, a red-shirt freshman, still sounds like he has a ways to go before battling Taylor Martinez for the top spot at the position. He's also contending with true freshman Jamal Turner for snaps in practice, as Turner is still working at the position even with his move in the spring to wide receiver. It's many experts beliefs if Martinez would miss significant time, Turner might get the nod over Carnes for the start.

"He shows flashes of good and he shows flashes of not so good. He's playing like a young quarterback, he just needs to keep working on his consistency," said Bo Pelini. "It comes down to, at the quarterback position, just decision making and being able to be real comfortable in the role and handling the offense and handling the huddle and all those things."

Carnes excited Husker fans earlier this spring, when the 6-foot-1, 200 pound Florida native threw 11-15 passing for 173 yards and two scores in the Red-White Spring Game. A cousin to former Husker Tommie Frazier, Pelini warned then Carnes had a ways to go.

Rated the No. 47 quarterback nationally in the 2010 recruiting class by coming out of high school, Carnes threw for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns to just two interceptions. He also ran for over 300 yards on the ground.

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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