Casey Thompson and Nebraska quarterbacks take center stage Wednesday | Soccer
Nebraska’s quarterback competition took center stage after Wednesday’s practice.
One by one, the most prominent members of football’s most important position answered questions from members of the media after the Huskers completed the first third of their 15 spring training sessions.
Casey Thompson – in his first general interview since joining NU from the transfer portal in January – explained his decision and his first impressions of the new teammates. Logan Smothers noted some changes within the offense, including more five-step drops and watching offensive coordinator Mark Whipple “do his thing” with coach Scott Frost less intimately involved. Chubba Purdy and Heinrich Haarberg discussed their prospects as young men in the room.
“The most important thing is that we get such good leadership from the quarterback position,” Frost said. “These guys lead the caucus, they push the team, they lead by example. We need them as a football team.
Thompson – who Frost said picked up on the new offense adjustments the quickest – said the spring ball has gone better than he could have hoped so far. The receivers are talented – he mentioned seven that have impressed him – and his relationship with his teammates is growing stronger. Nebraska’s ability to help him financially with name-image-likeness opportunities has to be one of the “best,” he said, and certainly better than his old program in Texas.
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Thompson said he spent two weeks researching a potential new landing spot before entering the portal in December. Nebraska stood out for their winning potential and offense, he said. He even called former QB Adrian Martinez for comment, with the four-year-old NU starter having nothing but good things to say about the Huskers.
Although Nebraska has five stock quarterbacks on the roster, Frost said there are effectively three right now when it comes to allocating snaps. Purdy has been limited by a foot injury, Whipple said, although the QB added that he expects to be full after spring break next week. Also out is first-year freshman registrant Richard Torres recovering from a knee injury last fall.
>> Whipple said catcher Omar Manning worked in the slot this spring. This would be a change from using it outdoors before.
>> Ball safety remains a priority for the offense, Whipple said.
>> The new assistants made their mark in early spring, Frost said. Mickey Joseph (receivers), Bryan Applewhite (running backs) and Donovan Raiola (offensive line) notably brought new energy to training.
Stay tuned to Omaha.com for updates from Wednesday’s Husker press conference.