Is Nebraska's Biggest Concern the Quarterback Position?
Ciante Evans, Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Andrew Green -- three quarters of the starting secondary -- are all gone. Add to that graduation of defensive linemen Jason Ankrah, Thad Randle, and the questions surrounding Avery Moss, and you can see why fans could be blue about the Blackshirts.
But one could make the argument the biggest question mark is on offense. Yes, you read that right. Despite a corps of talented running backs the likes of which we haven’t seen since the '90s (led by Heisman candidate Ameer Abdullah), and a group of wide receivers who blossomed into stars last year, there’s one glaring problem no many people seem too worried about: who’s going to get them the ball?
Yes, it’s the quarterback position that has my attention as we head into the 2014 season.
Wait, what, didn’t we take care of that problem when Taylor Martinez and his “lean back and heave it up” throwing style left Lincoln? Isn’t Tommy Armstrong Jr. supposed to be the savior?
He could be. "Tommy No. 2" seems to have most of the intangibles. He was second on the team in total yards last season despite playing in only nine games. But the turnovers. Oh, the turnovers. Nine interceptions, including three against Northwestern that should have led to meant another loss (thank you, Hail Mary).
And who among us isn’t still having nightmares about the first half against Michigan State? The ball hit the Memorial Stadium turf a total of six times that day.
The spring game didn’t exactly do much to boost confidence in young Armstrong. 4-of-8 throwing the ball (he hit on only 51 percent last season) and, what was that? Oh, yeah, an interception.
There seems to be some talent behind Armstrong that could push him for the starting job, but a lot of people are starting to ride the Ryker Fyfe bandwagon. And don’t forget about freshman phenoms Johnny Stanton IV and Zack Darlington.
Bo Pelini will tell you one of the main goals this season is a conference championship. Now take a look at some the favorites in the Big Ten Conference. They have quarterbacks with names like Braxton Miller, Devin Gardner, and Connor Cook.
With the talent surrounding him, Armstrong won’t have to be a superstar; but in order for the Huskers to have the kind of success everyone is clamoring for, he’ll have to clean up his game or it could be a long season in Lincoln.