LINCOLN, Neb. - What a difference 15 practices can make.
Heading into the spring, redshirt freshman quarterback Zack Darlington was considered an afterthought by the Nebraska media and fans. A few weeks later, after a strong spring game performance, Darlington is considered a dark horse for the starting quarterback job in 2015.
In Saturday’s Red-White game, Darlington completed 7-of-11 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown – posting the best quarterback rating of the four quarterbacks who threw 10+ passes.
“I’m not saying that I did everything I needed to do, but my goal going into the spring was to work my way up. I think I worked my way up,” said Darlington. “I think that going into fall camp, I’m going to be put my name into consideration.”
Nebraska head coach Mike Riley was asked what he saw from the former Florida prep.
"I think Zack, it's been so long since he's been able to play in a game, I think as the game progressed he got more comfortable,” said Riley. “By the time he threw his touchdown pass I thought he was seeing things real well, playing confidently and he has a nice quick release and he's a good athlete. I think those are his main attributes.”
After signing autographs for Nebraska fans for nearly 20 minutes, Darlington talked with the Husker media.
So does Nebraska have a quarterback controversy on their hands? We tackle the situation in this update from earlier in the week.