QB debate: The battle for No. 2

There wasn't supposed to be a QB debate this summer. Taylor Martinez would be the Huskers starter, with Tommy Armstrong backing him up. While the starter position might be decided, the backup position still might be something to watch.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Who is Nebraska's backup quarterback?

It might be a fair question after the Huskers' Red-White game, a game featuring solid performances from both senior walk-on Ron Kellogg III and redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong.

Kellogg, the Huskers listed No. 2 last season, was thought to be taking a back seat to the former four-star Texas product in Armstrong. But, the Omaha native didn't do anything to hurt himself on Saturday, throwing 11-for-12, with 148 yards and one touchdown. The senior looked comfortable in an offense he's been around for three seasons.

Armstrong, who's 2012 season was shut down early with a knee surgery, looked to be completely healthy, throwing 5-for-7, for 102 yards and a score – rushing ten times for 39 yards as well.


Ron Kellogg commanded the offense on Saturday

"I think Ron had a good day. I think coming out of the spring I would probably say Tommy was a little bit ahead," said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini during his spring game press conference. "I'll have to take a look at the spring game and see, but at the end of the day, what we're doing is taking all of those kids from where they were and trying to make them better.

"I thought Tommy made big strides throughout the spring...We have some talent at the quarterback position and some guys that made a lot of progress this spring."

Pelini was asked to elaborate on the strides Armstrong made in the spring.

"He's a tremendous leader. He was a little bit rusty when the spring started, especially with his footwork coming off of the surgery," said Pelini. "His understanding of the offense is very good. He's obviously a very talented young man. He has to continue to work on his technique, especially his footwork. Success as a quarterback comes from footwork. He has to work to do in that area as most young guys do, but I saw him get better as the spring went on. He was a lot better quarterback and had a lot better technique and fundamentals after practice 14 than he was when we started."

Kellogg III saw action in Nebraska's wins over Southern Miss, Arkansas State, Idaho State and Minnesota in 2012. He finished the year with 22 passing yards, connecting on 4-of-9 attempts, including a touchdown.

Armstrong hasn't played in a game that's counted since 2011, when he led his Cibolo Steele Knights to a Texas 5A state championship game. The Knights would lose in the state championship, but on the year Armstrong ran for 1,281 yards and 16 touchdowns, while passing for 1,945 yards and 29 touchdowns against just two interceptions.

BRR Projection: As Pelini hinted, we think the job belongs to Armstrong. At the end of the day, he's the more talented of the two and as everyday passes, will become more and more comfortable in the offense.

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