Despite playing USC’s Cody Kessler and Michigan State’s Connor Cook in 2014, two of the better quarterbacks in the country, Nebraska finished No. 4 in the nation last year in passing efficiency defense.
Big Red Report previews a look at some of the better quarterbacks on this fall’s schedule for Nebraska.
Taysom Hill, Sr – BYU – Sept. 5: While not an elite passer in the sense, Hill returns to the Cougars after breaking his leg five games into 2014. BYU was 4-0 and ranked No. 18 in the country when Hill went down. The quarterback was also showing major signs of improvement in the passing game – completing 66 percent of his throws for 975 yards and seven touchdowns in just 4.5 games. Hill stresses defenses with his feet. Through 4.5 games, the junior had run for about 100 yards a contest. In 2013, he ran for 1,344 yards. The Nebraska linebackers, who are excited about swarm to the football scheme, will need to be ready. Hill was a CFN (Scout.com) All-Sophomore Honorable Mention in 2013.
Brad Kaaya, So. – Miami – Sept. 20: The sophomore had a nice outing in Lincoln early in his career last season, throwing for 359 yards at a 66 percent completion rate. Miami struggled down the stretch, dropping their last four games – it was hardly Kaaya’s fault. The California native finished the season with 26 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions, throwing for nearly 3,200 yards. He was named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2014.
Connor Cook, Sr. – Michigan State – Nov. 7: Some Nebraska fans might not appreciate Cook’s talents, after the junior had his worst game of 2014 against the Huskers last fall. Don’t be fooled, Cook can sling it and makes solid decisions. The former four-star prospect threw for 24 touchdowns to just eight interceptions – racking up 3,214 yards in the process last year. More importantly he led his team to their second straight January bowl win. Cook was a Maxwell/Davey O'Brien award semi-finalist in 2014 and is thought to be a potential first-round NFL draft pick in 2016.
Next up on the list: Illinois’ Wes Lunt.