Huskers in hot pursuit of QB

It seems that the quarterback position has evolved, once again, in just the short time that the west coast offense has been installed there. While the emphasis in the first year or so was for a passing quarterback, Zac Taylor, the search has evolved to get the passing quarterback that is just a shade more athletic. Nebraska has their sites set on one in Missouri.

At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Blaine Gabbert has deceptive speed. He has 4.65/40 speed and isn't afraid to run the football to go along with being a very good, passing quarterback.

Gabbert was supposed to take in a junior day in Lincoln this past weekend, but didn't make it. He is looking to re-schedule the visit very soon.

"Nope," Gabbert said. "I was going to go to Nebraska, but due to the weather we didn't go. I am going either this Wednesday or Thursday to Lincoln."

"I just want to learn more about the school at Nebraska. I also want to see the updates that they have made to the facilities."

Gabbert saw the facilities in their infancy stages. The construction was just beginning and now is just about a finished product.

"I was there for their quarterback camp two summers ago. That was when I was a freshman. They were just building the facilities."

"I just want a chance to see those improvements, hang out with the coaches and see what Nebraska is all about."

It's now time for the juniors to shine with the LOI day coming and going for seniors. Gabbert has seen a spike in interest from colleges recently.

"After LOI day things really picked up. There was Missouri, Kansas State, Nebraska a lot more, LSU, Iowa and a bunch more schools around the country have been texting me when they were just sending mail."

Gabbert has a handful of offers, but more should be expected. One of the offers Gabbert knows is a little special because of the circumstances by which it was extended.

"Right now I have five offers. I have offers from Missouri, Kansas State, Miami-Ohio, Clemson and Iowa. Iowa said that they were the first quarterback they have offered without seeing me in person in the last decade."

Gabbert led his team into the playoffs, but they exited early. It was a bit of a heart breaker because of how they lost and who they lost to.

"We went 8-3. We lost in the state-quarterfinals to the number one team in the state by a missed extra point. It wasn't fun."

On the season, Gabbert had a solid year with nearly a three to one touchdown to interception ratio. He also stated that he ran for another eight scores.

"I think that I threw for around 1,600 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. I also ran for around 490 yards and eight touchdowns. I ended up getting all-conference and all-metro honors as a junior."

Gabbert has a lot of success in the offense at Ballwin (Mo.) Parkway West. He gets a chance to do a little bit of both running and passing, plus he gets a chance to operate out of the gun and under center.

"We run a modified-spread offense. We do a lot of two-by-two, shot gun sets, but we do some under-center stuff. We are a little more balanced than a true spread offense."

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