As Harvey Sees It: Spring game observations

A few early observations from Nebraska on Scout's Josh Harvey regarding the spring game.

The teams were extremely uneven, but I still took things away from Nebraska’s Red-White game on Saturday.

THE QUARTERBACKS….

With a quarterback rating above 200, former Tulane starter Tanner Lee looks like the favorite to win the job. The most important thing? The quarterback spot is in a lot better position than it was a year ago.

Whoever wins the starting spot will be in a better situation to run offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf’s offense based on their traits.

And the depth? 

Ryker Fyfe did an admirable job when called upon the last few years, but Nebraska fans can’t say they weren’t nervous coming into the game he was slated to start. 

I thought the Red-White game showed Nebraska has three – yes THREE, quarterbacks I would be okay with starting a game. While Gebbia poised for a redshirt year, he did a nice job against the first-defense, being patient. When flushed out of the pocket, he didn’t stop looking for receivers. When things got hairy, instead of throwing downfield on a prayer, he found his check-down. He needs to redshirt, but if the future had to start next season for some reason, I think Nebraska would be okay to weather the storm. 

TIGHT ENDS…..

After sometimes disappearing the last two years in the offense, Nebraska tight ends had 10 catches in Red-White, including a 9-year old touchdown by Jack Stoll.

It drew the attention of recent Nebraska tight end Cethan Carter, who is prepping for the NFL.

https://twitter.com/ccarter_11/status/853322607336271872

Without watching the game, it would be easy to think the tight ends were the quarterbacks safety nets – simply catching balls on the flats in check-down situations. It wasn’t the case.

PLAYER STANDOUTS:

Luke Gifford, LB – Former Husker Damon Benning described it best on the telecast, as far as outside linebackers Gifford looks different than anyone at the position. He had a heck of a day, with a one-handed interception and a fumble strip. Gifford really came on in the spring. He’s gained nearly 40 pounds since his freshman year. It will be interesting to see how they use him in the fall. The former safety could really help on passing downs.

Wyatt Mazour, ATH – Playing on the white and red team, Mazour was lined up against the first and second-team defense often with the White group. He didn’t disappoint, building on the buzz he created this spring. Get Mazour the ball in space and good things could happen. He obviously draws comparisons to Danny Woodhead. Mazour is elusive. He’s not going to be a weapon you give the ball to ten times a game, but don’t be surprised this fall if they pick their spots with the sophomore. Mazour nearly had 100 total yards and a touchdown.


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