LINCOLN, Neb. - According to Nebraska head coach Mike Riley, through six Nebraska practices the Husker back-ups quarterbacks have gotten their fair share of reps during practices. The list includes Ryker Fyfe, A.J. Bush and Zack Darlington.
“We have really tried to be fair with the quarterback rotation after Tommy’s first-team reps. I think all of them have taken second team snaps—what we are trying to do is give them all reps with other units, so they get a chance to play with the second string linemen, receivers and so on.”
The Nebraska backup quarterback spot was expected to be one of the more high-profile position battles in fall camp.
On Tuesday night, when the local media was allowed to watch practice, Fyfe dominated the second-team reps, connecting on a solid thrown down the sidelines to freshman receiver Stanley Morgan for a touchdown.
Fyfe's amount of reps as the backup quarterback has been a surprise to some, after reports he was not with the team for much of the summer.
A junior, Fyfe has appeared in eight contests in 2014, connecting on 5-of-11 throws over the past two seasons.
"I kind of like the way he plays," said Riley at Big Ten Media Days. "He's a natural player. A litlte unorthodoxed, but a natural player. He's productive in general."
Fyfe, who was given a scholarship last summer, might be on a renewable scholarship.
"As we go forward, there are some scholarship decisions yet to be made. Some guys have been on a one-year deal, where it has the ability to be renewed...so those decisions will be made before or during fall camp."