Thursday Practice Report

Nebraska went half-pads in their final practice before this weekend's game against Utah State. Going into this game, the question behind who would be the number two QB behind Lord loomed. Not anymore.

Following today's half-padded practice, Frank Solich stated that true freshman, Joe Dailey would be the number two QB for this weekend's game against the Utah State Aggies. Solich stated that the decision was after much evaluation. "Just from what transpired through the course of not only this last week, but the Fall, the potential Joe has shown, when we added it all up, we felt that he needs to get some reps."

"We are committed to getting our second team some reps in this thing."

Solich continued to state that the competition for the spot this weekend between Mike Stuntz and Dailey was one that resulted in a decision based on just a few bits of criteria. "Coming through the camp, both of them showed signs of doing some very good things." he said. "But, Joe's arm is stronger at this point, he's getting a pretty good command of the offense, so the decision was to move forward with him at number two on Saturday."

While Dailey is expected to get at least some time in this game, it's not certain as to whether Stuntz will, that being dictated by how the game goes. "I can't say that we'll go three-deep at quarterback for sure, but we'll do what we can to try and figure that thing out with some competition if possible in games." Solich stated.

"Hopefully, it will work out that way, but if it doesn't, we'll just have to go with what we think is best."

Joe's ascension to the second spot was also stated as a temporary slot, the competition for being the solid number two not finished just yet according to the head coach. "He's not out of this thing." Solich said of Mike Stuntz. "Joe is just going in second tomorrow, but in terms of earning that spot, that has to be earned between those two guys yet."

Solich couldn't say obviously as to when Joe would enter the game, the game itself having to dictate when that occurred.

In other news, the Special Teams' captain this week as selected by the coaches was Philip Bland and Jason Lohr participated in a limited practice today. Lohr was also in half-pads, but is not expected back this weekend.

The game between the Huskers and the Aggies kicks off early, it slated to start at 11:40 a.m. and will be aired on the Fox Sports Network.

Nebraska is currently favored by 32 points.

Steve Ryan can be reached at or 402-730-5619

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