Nebraska quarterback commit Patrick O'Brien is completing nearly 81 percent of his throws through five games, but the senior isn’t one that is worried about stats.
San Juan Hills (Cali.) is 5-0 and it’s the first thing O’Brien wants to talk about during interviews.
“I felt like we made a really jump last week. Los Alamitos is a really good team,” said O’Brien, who led his team to a 54-26 win over the Griffins. “For us to come out with a win, it was a booster. Once we get into league, it’s going to be tough. We need to just keep carrying that confidence into league play.”
O’Brien has thrown for nearly 1400 yards in five contests, finding the end zone 15 times through the air. He’s also added another 300 yards on the ground.
“I wasn’t really thinking about stats much,” said O’Brien. “I just wanted to perform well during the season. To have that feat is really nice. I just want to keep rolling because we are doing really well right now.”
The senior has made big strides from a season ago. O’Brien says the experience he had at the Opening and making the Elite 11 Finals gave him a different confidence heading into 2015.
“It was really nice to be recognized as one of the best quarterbacks in the country – it’s a great honor,” said O’Brien. “It definitely boosted the confidence. Taking it into the season, I went in thinking I was one of the best quarterbacks in the country, so I needed to have a strong work ethic.”
It also helps the California prospect is getting plenty of time in the pocket. Through five games, the Stallions’ offensive line has been solid. It wasn’t always the case in 2014.
“They have done a great job,” said O’Brien. “All those guys are doing a great job. I’m rarely on the ground. It’s nice when I can deliver the ball. They are a huge reason I have that 80 percent completion rate. They are moving the ball on the ground as well, which makes it easier on the passing game.”
O’Brien plans to visit Nebraska next week when the Huskers take on Wisconsin. He’s received multiple messages from Nebraska wide receiver commit Derrion Grim, also from California, talking up the atmosphere on game day.
“I have been talking with Coach Langsdorf weekly,” said O’Brien. “We don’t really talk about the game much. They message me and say they are watching, but most of the time it’s more getting to know each other. They are really excited for me.”
O'Brien and San Juan Hills plays Beckman in Irvine, California on Thursday night.