Nicknamed Johnny "Tebow", the four-star prospect was leading Santa Margarita Catholic (CA) to a possible National Championship last season before tearing his ACL in September.
While some programs across the country might have backed off the signal-caller, Nebraska stuck by him during his time of rehab and will likely benefit from it down the road.
"He's doing fine, he's doing great," said Pelini when asked by Big Red Report how the freshman's knee was doing heading into camp.
"That would make sense," Pelini said when asked if the true freshman would redshirt if he didn't land the No. 2 spot. "We will see how that plays out. He hasn't played football in a year or so. It will be interesting. He's a really smart kid, very heady, I think he gets football. It will be interesting to see him develop early on, but he's going to be a good football player no question."
Stanton went 59-of-88, for 949 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, while rushing for 386 yards and 10 scores on just 47 carries.