Big 12 Media Days Preview: Nebraska

SAN ANTONIO – Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan and his players were all good, entertaining interviews on the first day of the Big 12 Media Days in San Antonio. I wouldn't call the Husker contingent cocky, but to say they were confident would be right on the mark. Like with all four of the schools on Monday, the quarterback and who will start was a primary topic of conversation.

Husker media in town said don't buy into the mystery and say that the Arizona State senior transfer Sam Keller is the guy. Callahan was still selling the mystery in his answers and even adding a candidate to the mix.

"We have a number of quarterbacks who are going to be competing for the starting role -- Sam Keller, Joe Ganz," started Callahan. "Another third young man that we didn't have a chance to evaluate, or he didn't have the opportunity to play because of injury this spring, his name is Zac Lee, who is a junior college transfer out of San Francisco Community College.

"We have good experience. We've got guys that love to compete, love football, and then love being in the film rooms. It's going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out. But we will name that starter the week prior to the Nevada game."

Now for the good stuff. Nebraska is a solid team, defending Big 12 North Division champions, but you could tell in a politically correct way that Callahan was a little perturbed at the snub by the Big 12 media in picking Missouri in the pre-season poll released last week.

"Well, my understanding is that the Big 12 writers essentially pick the team to win the division predicated on a number of factors," said Callahan when asked about the poll. "And the first factor is the quarterback. And since they have a starting quarterback that's established in their program that's been productive, I can see where that's going.

"Personally, no, I don't agree with it. But I love our football team and I think they're capable of doing some great things. And I understand how it all works and why people make the decisions and do the things that they do. And motivation -- we've got plenty of motivation with Nevada, you know, in the opening game. There's a lot of different variables this season that are different on our schedule. First off being the fact that we play SC and Missouri, both teams, they have two-week byes before we play them. I think that's a little bit unusual. We never encounter that early in the season.

"And, of course, we go out and play the ACC champion in Wake Forest," he continued. "So there's a lot of different dynamics that are happening in the non-conference schedule, one that we look to as a great challenge. So I don't want to take anything away from Missouri, and I certainly wouldn't want to take anything away from any of the competitors in the Big 12 North, as I was telling the writers out there earlier, hope springs eternal for everybody at this time of year. And it's going to be competitive. It's going to be exciting. It's going to be fun and it's going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out."

Yes, and circle that Oklahoma State trip to Lincoln as we found out Monday it is circled by the Huskers just like USC, Wake Forest and Missouri .

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