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
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
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
That's the bottom line for Beck,
the wins. And, it's something that
With the struggles that
"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."