Nebraska starts QB job Casey Thompson ‘loses’
The Nebraska Cornhuskers they have some new faces in the quarterback room, but Casey Thompson he has the upper hand under center to start 2022 college football time.
Nebraska coach Scott Frost said the team’s starting quarterback position is Thompson’s “job to lose,” explaining the positives in the veteran’s game, ON3.com reported.
“I don’t know if he’s divorced himself. He just played well,” Frost said. “Some other guys have played well, too. He’s obviously the guy with the most experience that we have. I want him to keep getting better. I want all the guys to keep getting better. We’ve got really good players around whoever wants to be a quarterback.
“But seeing a lot of consistency and you can tell he’s experienced because he does some things that young quarterbacks don’t do. He’s got a really good feel in the pocket, a really good command presence.”
Thompson transferred to Nebraska after three seasons at Texas, where he served as the starting quarterback in 2021. Meanwhile, quarterback Chubba Purdy transferred to Nebraska after two seasons at Florida State, where he received scattered playing time.
Thompson finished 2021 with 2,113 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, nine interceptions and a 154.7 quarterback rating, completing 63.2 percent of his passes. He also had 157 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.
Frost sees more “zipper” in Thompson’s passes than the thumb process in the offseason.
“I have to tell you, his game has really picked up since the spring, and I think that had something to do with it,” Frost said of Thompson’s process. “We have a lot of quarterbacks that are playing well right now, but I’m very happy with what I’ve seen from Casey and we’re going to let him continue to work. I just think he’s got a little more confidence, more But probably a little more zip on the ball and a little best grip in football, honestly.”
Adrian Martinez was Nebraska’s starting quarterback from 2018-21. Transferred to Kansas State after the 2021 season. The Cornhuskers finished the regular season 3-9 (1-8 in Big Ten play) with eight of their nine losses being one-score games.
Nebraska opens the 2022 season against Northwestern on Aug. 27 in Dublin, Ireland.
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