Choosing to enroll early instead of hitting his senior prom, Nebraska true freshman quarterback Tristan Gebbia had an excellent spring game, completing 19-of-30 passes for 213 yards. Gebbia mostly faced the first and second-team defense, before working with the second-team offense in the fourth quarter.
“Right now, what he is headed for is what Patrick (O'Brien) headed for a year ago," said head coach Mike Riley. "We would like to redshirt Tristan, but we only have four quarterbacks right at this time, so at this time he would be that guy that would get some repetitions with our offense that’s going to play in the games, he would ready himself to be the third-string quarterback, and we would hope that he would not play."
The situation will be fluid according to Riley.
"When we reach some point in the season and that is all clean and looks like it did when it started then we say ‘OK, we’re going to find another angle here on how to do this.’ And that might be Zack Darlington like it was a year ago," said Riley. "We’re going to have a plan is what I’m telling you, but he is a heck of a young quarterback and has done a nice job this spring and made a whole bunch of plays today I thought.”
While it is obvious Gebbia needs to add weight to his frame, the former California prep showed nice zip on the ball, a coolness in the pocket, and the ability to go through his reads.