Nebraska QB grew up a Husker fan

People were disappointed when they heard about the cuts in the walk-on program. For in-state players to have a chance to play in Lincoln they would crawl there. It's no different for this quarterback who has grown up a Husker fan his entire life. Can another good performance at the elite quarterback camp or trying another position get him that opportunity?

The name of Brian Gralheer hasn't popped up much for recruiting, but if you follow state track you have probably heard of him. He was over-shadowed this year by Husker commit, Robert Rands, who broke the triple jump record.

Gralheer performed well all year at long jump and triple jump to qualify for state. Only to get that chance to compete and suffer an injury that nagged him the entire meet.

"I was in state track to jump; long and triple. I pulled my hamstring on my first triple jump," Gralheer said. "My best was 42 feet this year. I hurt my hamstring again trying to the long jump."

While he was in Omaha, and when he was healthy, he was able to get in a combine to see how he fared against some of the other talent in the area. Gralheer may have been disappointed with his 40 time, but in comparison to everyone else's it was very good.

I was just at a College Sports of America combine this past weekend. They put on a combine for any player to get tested for college coaches can go on there and take a look at it. That was in Omaha and I was there for state track."

"Compared to everyone else there I was one of the top athletes. People were saying that the 40 times overall were a lot slower. I figured that I would run in the 4.8-4.8 electronic range, but I was a little disappointed with my 5.0 time. I did have the second fastest 40 time there."

Gralheer still came in at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, benched 185 pounds 15 times (roughly 270 pounds), ran a 4.5 second agility run and had a vertical of 29 inches. He also claims a 460 pound squat.

Gralheer is the quarterback for Wisner-Pilger (Nebr.) and had a very solid year last year despite missing the last few games with an injury. "I was just a shade under a 1,000 yards passing. I got hurt with two games to go in the season last year. I had 987 yards and 11 touchdowns. My completion percentage was around 52%. I had three touchdowns rushing."

Those stats for his junior year led him to receiving some big honors. "I was all-district and I was also honorable mention Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star for all-state."

When it comes to Gralheer's strengths it is his command on the field and the rifle for an arm that make him standout on the gridiron. "I'm intelligent. I can read pretty well and I have a strong arm. My accuracy is suspect at times, but my arm strength has always been my biggest strength."

Gralheer is still looking for that first offer and is getting a lot of smaller college attention until you see that he is getting mail from Nebraska. Gralheer was at the elite quarterback camp last year in Lincoln and performed well, flying under the Harrison Beck radar.

"I went to the Elite quarterback camp in Lincoln last year and I am going back this year too," Gralheer said. "I thought I had a pretty good showing. There were people like Harrison Beck that were there and he kind of over-shadowed everybody. There were a couple of other hot-shots that were pretty good. I was pretty proud of how I performed there."

"The coaches said that I was one of the strongest arms there and that if I were a little bit bigger I could probably get a little more attention. I did well in the long toss and the speed contest. I threw the ball 59 yards in the long test and threw the ball somewhere in the 60's (M.P.H.) range on the speed contest. They broke it down by classes and I was probably fourth in both of those tests and there were about 30 juniors there or so."

While Gralheer is a quarterback today, to make the college field tomorrow he may have to be willing to make a change in position. While he is open to making the move, he is a bit unsure about his abilities at other positions. "Sure, if they think that I could play another position I would try."

Gralheer has taken an unofficial to Dana College already and beyond the elite camp again this summer he has a team camp and may try to make it to Lincoln for an individual session. "I have a lot of baseball set up for this summer. I love baseball as much as I love football. I'd like to get some attention there. I have spoke to a couple of college coaches about baseball because I called them." "We have our team football camp. I think that we are going to Dakota State this year. I am going to do the elite quarterback camp again this year and would like to do an individual session too, but it might be a little too late for that. I could probably call them and get in though."

Gralheer has some goals set for this summer that will require some very hard work for him to achieve them by this fall. "I want to get to 300 on my bench press and lower my 40 time by two-tenths."

Gralheer is a born and raised Nebraskan, which almost by birthright has made him a Husker fan. While he would definitely be interested in becoming a Husker he wasn't sure what to say about Nebraska's season last year.

"I grew up a Husker fan. Last year was a really off-year for them. I would really still love to go to Lincoln. I have been watching them since I was little."

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