BRR offseason outlook: Quarterback

Taylor Martinez is gone, meaning the quarterback position will see a different face to start the season in 2015. is going to take a position-by-position look of what we learned about the Huskers from spring practices heading into the bulk of the offseason.


For the first time in four years, Nebraska will open the fall with someone other than Taylor Martinez under center.

With eight starts and a Gator Bowl win to his name, Tommy Armstrong is the presumed starter after 15 practices this spring. The third-year quarterback predominantly worked with the first-team and despite a spring game that wasn't his best effort, looked improved the other fourteen practices. To be honest, Armstrong looked a couple notches above the rest of the quarterbacks on the roster when it came to his control of the offense.

"He doesn't compound errors like last year," offensive coordinator Tim Beck told reporters in early April. "I don't know that anyone has ever played a mistake-free ball game. The worst thing a guy can do is make two in a row."

The race to be Armstrong's backup could be the most interesting battle on offense this fall. Second year quarterback Johnny Stanton was thought to be a player who could potentially push for Armstrong's job, after a storied high school career in the California ranks. Instead, he found himself in a battle with former Nebraska prep Ryker Fyfe for second-team reps. Both bring different things to the field. Fyfe looked to be more comfortable with the offense and is probably the stronger runner, while Stanton's standout plays were eye popping. One of the biggest differences Big Red Report saw between the two was when Fyfe was having an inconsistent day, it was hard for him to get anything going.

True freshman Zack Darlington was present this spring for Nebraska, enrolling early and get getting a jump start on the offense. With that being said, Darlington mostly took fourth string reps and did not take a hit in the 15 practices after his senior year of high school was cut short with a nasty concussion. The former Florida prep's head was likely spinning, but showed he's got some wheels and moves when he gets to the second level.

Joining the mix this fall will be A.J. Bush – considered by some a project. The second quarterback taken in the 2015 class, Bush is a natural athlete who could potentially play another position down the road.


1.) Tommy Armstrong – redshirt sophomore
2.) Johnny Stanton – redshirt freshman
3.) Ryker Fyfe – redshirt sophomore
4.) Zack Darlington – true freshman

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