2015 Husker profile: Johnny Stanton

Nebraska sophomore quarterback Johnny Stanton will have a tight window in the fall to try to move up the depth chart.

Johnny Stanton

Position: QB

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2/230-pounds

High School: Santa Margarita Catholic HS (CA)

Year: Sophomore

2014 review:
Stanton saw mop-up action against Florida Atlantic and Fresno State, but never really contended for meaningful playing time after being passed up by Ryker Fyfe during fall camp.

2015 preview:
On offense, there wasn’t a guy probably happier for the hiring of Mike Riley than Stanton – who was offered by the coaching staff when they were at Oregon State.

The spring was a clean slate. Unfortunately it likely didn’t go quite as planned.

As the spring game got closer and closer, it appeared the sophomore’s key reps in practices diminished.

A guy can have all the talent in the world, but at the end of the day there is only one starting quarterback and it’s not a position that you see much rotation.

BRR projection: The California prep looks like he slid down the depth chart, after many initially thought he might contend for the job with Mike Riley and staff at the helm. Stanton was the fifth quarterback to enter the spring game. While Riley said after to not make much of it, it appears a couple underclassmen are ahead of him on the depth chart – that is never good.

While it appears Stanton will be staying in Lincoln, can he make up ground in the fall when actual game prep starts to happen. He’s going to have a short window during fall camp to move up the chart.

At one point we really thought Stanton might make a move for the job when Riley was hired. Now we are projecting him to be fighting for the backup pecking order.

How he ended up in Lincoln:

There might not have been a more interesting quarterback prospect in the nation for the 2013 class than Stanton. A four-star prospect and rated No. 27 at his position, Stanton led the Eagles to the CIF-SS Pac-5 title and the CIF State D-I title in 2011 during his junior year, throwing for 2,439 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 1,528 yards and 25 scores. But, his impressive leadership and big time stats weren't enough for many teams to offer on the spot – most told him they needed to see him camp.

The Elite 11 quarterback made summer trips to multiple places -impressing almost everyone who got to lay eyes on him. Nebraska offered less than 48 hours after Stanton left campus. Two weeks later, he was a Husker.

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