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Huskers offseason notes: quarterbacks, skill positions, and more

Published: Feb. 4, 2021 at 1:56 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - As spring football inches closer, the Nebraska football program is excited to have a chance to develop and get extra reps for its young players that they didn’t get in 2020 because of the pandemic.

Wednesday was overall quiet on the signing front for the Huskers as most of the big names had already signed, and in most cases, are already on campus.

The top player in the state of Hawaii, linebacker Wynden Ho’ohuli, put pen to paper to make his commitment to the Huskers official, as did several walk-on players from the Omaha metro.

Still, the big question for the Cornhuskers is what they’ll do at the quarterback position after Luke McCaffrey’s departure.

Talking to the media Thursday, head coach Scott Frost said they will certainly look at the transfer portal to add another player to the QB room, but they didn’t want to make a quick decision before the spring semester started that would ultimately turn out to be a mistake.

“We’re intentionally keeping a couple spots in our pocket,” Frost said.

The head man added that he really wants to get a close look at what they already have at Nebraska, more specifically, Logan Smothers, who right now projects to be the backup to Adrian Martinez.

“[I’ve] Really been impressed with Logan since he’s been here,” Frost said. I’m excited about what I’ve seen so far. I think what I’ve really been impressed with so far is just his savvy”

According to Frost, Smothers has been excellent at taking in a lot of information, being able to process it and make good, quick decisions.

Smothers will get “his fair share of reps this spring,” Frost said.

As for who the quarterbacks will be throwing to, Frost is also very excited about what he has at the skill positions.

“This is the best depth we’ve had by far and the best overall talent we’ve had by far at the skill spots,” Frost said.

He noted experience is an issue in some cases, but overall he likes what he has.

One of the big recruit names coming into 2020 was Omar Manning, but he only played all but five snaps last season.

Frost said they’re working on getting him healthy, but he didn’t want to talk much about expectations and put to much pressure on the receiver.

“We’re excited about what he can do for us if we get him right and he’s a consistent part of the team,” Frost said.

Frost also noted that the running back room looks “the best since I’ve been here.”

One other Huskers note: Frost said they are close to making an announcement on the open Special Teams Coordinator position.

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