Nebraska Spring Questions: QB

A look at the quarterback spot heading into Nebraska spring football.

What will the offense look like? 

Heading into last year’s spring football, Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf was stressing he needed a quarterback that was accurate.

This year he’s likely pushing for a quarterback that avoids trying to do too much. 

If the Huskers’ bowl win against UCLA showed anyone anything, Armstrong is most effective when he is running an offense with a strong rushing focus. 

Armstrong chucking the ball around 35+ times a game on most Saturdays won’t give Nebraska the best chance to win. When throwing 31 times or more a game in 2015 – Armstrong hit on 53 percent. When throwing 30 times or less, the junior hit on 61 percent of his throws.

Last spring and fall camp Nebraska definitely spent more time focusing on getting the passing game up to par – at a level Riley and Langsdorf saw at previous stops.

Will the offense be more 50-50 this spring?

How ready will Patrick O’Brien be?

One of the biggest things Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins liked about Patrick O’Brien in 2015 is he looked “college ready.” The Nebraska signee was running a college style offense and had college arm strength.

A month and a half into his college career, things are about to get real for the four-star product when he hits the field. During the first couple of practices, more eyes will likely be on O’Brien than any other player. It will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure – even if it’s just 40 media medias and friends of the program looking on.

“This guy has been productive,” said head coach Mike Riley regarding O’Brien. “The best predictor of production is past production…That’s what we saw in Patrick.”

While most will likely be watching to see if O’Brien can push Armstrong for a starting job, the more interesting matchup could be O’Brien and Ryker Fyfe battling for the backup job.

Can Bush or Darlington make a push?

The pair of sophomores were big storylines at certain points in the last year, but never were able to push Armstrong for his starting job.

Does Bush have the arm to fit into a Mike Riley’s offense? Does Zack Darlington have the physical skills to be a D-1 quarterback? Both are questions at the moment for the pair of sophomores.

This question is really an extension of the next…

Does someone leave after the spring? 

Nebraska will enter the spring with five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster (assuming a one-year walk-on scholarship for Ryker Fyfe is being renewed).  With the addition of former Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee this summer, it’s very unlikely Nebraska will carry six quarterbacks this fall – even if two of them are seniors.

So what gives?

It’s our prediction the writing will be on the wall for at least one player that he will never be the guy in Lincoln.

In addition, besides Bush, who would be a stretch as well, nobody looks like a candidate to change positions.


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