Schedule Scouting: QB

An in-depth look at the top quarterbacks the Huskers will face this season.

September 1st – Southern Mississippi
Player: Chris Campbell

Southern Mississippi will have the tough job of replacing their school's all-time passing leader Austin Davis (surpassed Brett Favre last year). The back up for Davis was originally Arsenio Favor, but he will be out until September because he had knee surgery in March. That leaves the starting quarterback spot up for grabs between Chris Campbell (junior), Ricky Lloyd (redshirt freshman) and two true freshmen. Campbell is a pocket passer, and is the front-runner right now.

September 8th- UCLA
Player: Kevin Prince

After starting as a redshirt freshman in 2009, Kevin Prince has had many ups and downs. He has had moments where he looked spectacular, and was the clear-cut starter and leader for the team. But there have also been moments where he would struggle so much the coaching staff would pull him for games at a time and let his back ups take his place. One reason for his struggles was because he has been plagued by injuries throughout his entire career. Suffering two concussions, a broken jaw, a separated shoulder, and had knee surgery. Last year Prince threw 126-224 (56.2%) for 1,828 yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions. In 2012 Prince is expected to be healthy and have a strong senior season.

September 15th- Arkansas State
Player: Ryan Aplin

In his collegiate career, Ryan Aplin has set the single game school record for passing yards (438), the single game school record for completions (33-44), the single season record for passing yards (3,588), and the single season record for passing touchdowns (21). Last year Aplin was 304-476 (63.9%) for 3,588 yards, 19 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Not only is Aplin a good passer, but he is also a solid runner. He led the team in 2011 with 588 yards and 10 touchdowns on 161 attempts. Look for Aplin to come out for a couple plays during games to help keep him healthy because of the punishment he takes while running.

September 22nd- Idaho State
Player: Kevin Yost

On a pass happy team, Kevin Yost is the primary player on the field. Yost is the definition of a pocket passer, rushing for a total of -56 yards in 2011. He did, however, set the single season pass completion record (300), set the record for pass completions in a game (47). He finished the 2011 season throwing 300-493 (60.8%) for 2,973 yards, with 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

September 29th- Wisconsin
Player: Danny O'Brien

Like last years starter Russell Wilson, Danny O'Brien is also an ACC transfer. Last year O'Brien played at Maryland where he threw 150-266 (56.4%) for 1,648 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Now O'Brien is no Wilson, but being a pocket passer, only rushing for 57 yards last year, will help him fit into this offense. Plus having one of the best offensive lines in the nation, number two to be exact, should give him plenty of time in the pocket to make good passes.

October 6th- Ohio State
Player: Braxton Miller

Last year Braxton Miller was named the starting quarterback, after poor performances by Joe Bauserman. Last year the coaches seemed to be a little reluctant to take the reins off of Miller, even though they claimed that he was a better passer than Terrell Pryor as a freshman. However, towards the end of the year the coaches took the reins off and let Miller truly played, against Michigan he completed 14-25 for 235 yards, and rushed for 100 yards. Miller ended up earning the Big Ten freshman of the year award. Completing 85-157 (54.1%) for 1,159 yards, 13 touchdowns, and four interceptions. This year, with Urban Meyer's ability to coach quarterbacks, Miller has the chance to be the Big Ten's player of the year.

October 20th- Northwestern
Player: Kain Colter

In 2010 Kain Colter had his redshirt burned at the end of the season do to injury and poor performances. He played in four games, including one bowl game. He was a little rusty in the games he played because of an injury he suffered his senior year in high school. Last year Colter started the first three games while Dan Persa recovered from an injury he suffered the previous year. When Persa returned he was strictly a pocket passer, so Colter got some playing time as a change of tempo, and ended up being the team rushing leader (654 yards nine touchdowns). Last year Colter also threw for 673 yards, six touchdowns, and one interception. This year it looks like the starting job is Colter's to lose, but sophomore Trevor Siemian has a good chance to challenge him for the spot.

October 27th- Michigan
Player: Denard Robinson

Denard Robinson has established himself as one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous, dual threat quarterbacks in the nation. In 2010 he broke the single season rushing record by a quarterback with 1,702 yards. Last year he cut down on his rushing attempts due to the beating he took in 2010, but he was still able to rush for 1,176 yards. He also threw 142- 258 (55.0%) for 2,173 yards, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Robinson is one of the leading candidates to win the Heisman this year.

November 3rd- Michigan State
Player: Andrew Maxwell

Andrew Maxwell has the difficult task of replacing one of the best Spartan quarterbacks Michigan State has ever seen in Kirk Cousins. Cousins was a three-year captain, and threw for over 2,000 yards every year. Maxwell has seen some action behind Cousins and played one year on the scout team. Michigan State has really been grooming Maxwell to come in as the starter once Cousins left, so expect for him to come in fairly easily. It will also help out that Maxwell will have a solid running game behind him.

November 10th- Penn State
Player: Paul Jones

Paul Jones should have no trouble at all surpassing the numbers that Penn State's quarterbacks put up last year. Last year the Lion's quarterbacks threw for a total of 10 touchdowns (worst among bowl teams), 12 interceptions, and only had a 48.1 completion percentage (worst among bowl teams). Last year Jones was in the competition to be the starting quarterback, but missed the entire season. This year he returns as a sophomore after being able to study the offense for another year, so look for him to greatly improve the passing game.

November 17th- Minnesota
Player: MarQueis Grey

MarQueis Grey will be entering his senior season, and the second season in the offensive system. There was a lot of hype surrounding Grey when he came in, but has not lived up to expectations throwing 108-213 (50.7%) for 1,495 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions (966 yards rushing with six touchdowns). One reason he may not have performed as well as fans would have liked is because he has been plagued with injuries through his college career. Look for Grey to have a good year if he can stay healthy, but if he starts struggling look for the coach to put in sophomore Max Shortell, who played multiple times last year.

November 23rd- Iowa
Player: James Vandenberg

James Vandenberg made a couple appearances in a back up role in 2009 and struggled during them. Last year he came in as the clear cut starter and it was a different story as he went 237-404 (58.7 %) for 3,022 yards, 25 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Be became only the fourth Iowa quarterback to throw for over 3,000 yards, and can only be looking to improve in 2012. Look for Vandenberg to be one of the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten in 2012.

- Josh Harvey -
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