Speaking with reporters at his weekly press conference, Nebraska head coach Mike Riley admitted the quarterback situation is somewhat murky heading into a short-week with Iowa.
Senior starter Tommy Armstrong missed last week against Maryland with a tight hamstring. His replacement Ryker Fyfe, who filled in admirably, had surgery on his non-throwing arm wrist Sunday morning. Now the status for both quarterbacks is questionable.
Converted wide receiver Zack Darlington will take first team snaps this week in preperation to play quarterback. Darlington was a three-star high school quarterback and initially played the spot at Nebraska before moving to receiver.
Fyfe threw for 220 yards and a touchdown in the Huskers 28-7 win over Maryland - connecting on 23-of-37 passes. Armstrong has thrown for 13 touchdowns and 2,055 yards in 9.5 games this season.
Looking to avoid burning freshman Patrick O'Brien's redshirt, freshman defensive back and junior wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El both had high school experience as a quarterback and could be used in an emergency "wildcat" situation.