The future closer for Beck

He's been a commit for months now. Even amidst rumors that he was being lured to this school or that, he's been a Husker one hundred percent since the first day he said he was going to NU. And, he visited NU once again this last weekend for Colorado. For Harrison Beck, what are his impressions now?

Does familiarity breed fondness? Does seeing a team once, twice and more make one more eager to get in there themselves and see what they can do?

 

For one of the top quarterbacks in the country and a commit to the Huskers since June, Harrison Beck watches Nebraska play and thinks of what it will be like when he's taking his shot at leading the Huskers down the field. "You watch it and think of what you could do." Beck said after seeing Joe Dailey throw the ball for a school record 55 times against Colorado. "You watch the offense and because it's a lot like what I ran, it's easy to put yourself in the quarterback's shoes."

 

While it may be easy to put himself in the shoes of Joe Dailey as far as imagining what he could do in this new offense of Bill Callahan's, it's not quite as easy to relate.

 

You see, Joe managed to do something this year that Beck hasn't done in his entire prep-career. Dailey's 19 interceptions on the season makes him one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the country in giving the ball to the other team. Beck stated that during his entire career, he thought that he had around 15.

 

That's part of the reason why Beck sees this offense as a much different animal than what everyone else has seen of it this year, because while he certainly agrees that Dailey has tried his best, the interesting part about his performance is that his actual best didn't progress as the season went along.

 

"What any coach is going to look for in their quarterback is that they just get better." Beck said. "One game to the next, do they make the same mistakes, do they perform better next week and the week after that?"

 

You won't have to ask a Husker fan twice what the answer to that question is. You simply have to look at the statistics of the year's last contest. Just over 50 percent passing, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

 

That pretty much summarizes the year.

 

Beck is a quarterback, however, so don't be too hard on him if he's not too hard on Dailey, because while he can't empathize so much with the stats, Beck knows what it's like when things just don't go your way. "Everyone struggles." He said. "You fight through it and just try and do better the next time around."

 

Beck has fought through it, but for his own trials and tribulations, they have been fewer and far between. Beck's own completion percentage his final year with Countryside high school was approaching the mid-60s, while the touchdown to interception ratio was nearly three to one.

 

Beck attributes that success to two things – good judgement and a little common sense. "I like to wing that thing in there for a touchdown or whatever." He said. "But, you have to be smart about it. You just don't look at where you are throwing the ball, but who's around it, is there anyone close in coverage that could break on it, stuff like that."

 

The breaks are many for this Nebraska team and the offense considered to be the one unit that would struggle for awhile has done just that, but was unexpectedly joined at times by a defense that performed well below expectations.

 

Beck doesn't see that offense though, for what's not working, but how he sees it as an offense when it is working like it's meant to. "There's so many ways to hurt a defense with an offense like this." He said. "You just have to get used to where people are supposed to be, make your reads and you can see it, almost always there's someone open for you to get the ball to."

 

"It's a really exciting offense. Everything just has to be in place."

 

Most of what "in place" means to everyone on the outside looking in is the players taught from the prep-level on to make it happen and in a system similar to this. To that end, Nebraska has the QB they wanted of course, but they have also added players like Brodrick Hunter, Zack Bowman and Wallace Franklin, all of them very used to the demands a wide open offense like this makes.

 

NU had a chance at another one this weekend, wideout – Brandon La Fell visiting along with Beck. Beck did say that he talked to Brandon briefly, but hopes that he'll get an opportunity to have more discourse with him, but as teammates instead of recruits. "The guy has the numbers and he makes plays." Beck said. "It's not brain surgery. That's what it takes to win."

 

That's the bottom line for Beck, the wins. And, it's something that Harrison has maintained and will continue to about his intent once arriving on campus. While Beck wouldn't put himself at the end of the inevitable QB battle between himself, Joe Dailey, Jordan Adams and others, he said that his plan is the same now as it has ever been. "I want to play." He said. "I'm going in there to work my butt off and try for the starting job. I know it's hard and I know it's probably going to be rough at times, but that's with anything, so you just get out there and go for it."

 

With the struggles that Nebraska has had recently, one has to wonder about the goals of Harrison Beck after he committed to NU, curious as to whether those title-hopes had diminished at all. His response is simple.

 

"Are you kidding me? Heck no. I have never stepped on that field thinking about anything other than winning. That's what it's all about. You don't think about winning a few or just winning some big ones. I want to win them all."

 

"And, that's what I'm out to do."


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