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Drake’s Takes: Nebraska Women’s Basketball Gets Important Win and Thoughts on Football’s Quarterback Search

January 07, 2022

To start the new year off, this week’s Drake’s Takes covers Nebraska women’s basketball’s continued success and the football program’s quarterback search.

Women’s basketball gets big win

It wasn’t a surprise that Nebraska women’s basketball was able to compete with No. 8 Michigan this week. The Huskers pulling the upset wasn’t even out of the question. 

However, Nebraska stomping the Wolverines 79-58? That’s an impressive result for a team which continues to exceed expectations. 

The Huskers, coming off of a close loss on the road against an 8-6 Michigan State team, showed a great ability to bounce back. The Wolverines only other loss this year was a blowout against current No. 3 Louisville, and they have wins over other quality opponents, including No. 14 Baylor. 

What’s fun about this team is that there are a lot of players capable of starring on a given night. In 14 games, seven different players have led or tied for the team lead in scoring. Jaz Shelley, who averages 13.6 points per game on 49.2% shooting, is the star if you have to pick one, but the team is very balanced. 

As Nebraska inches closer to breaking into the top 25, it’ll have the chance to prove itself even more soon. The Huskers play No. 22 Iowa twice in the span of eight days, starting with a home matchup on Sunday. The 7-4 Hawkeyes have struggled quite a bit so far, but are still dangerous. Caitlin Clark’s numbers have declined from her stellar season last year, but she’s still averaging 24.7 points.

Nebraska at very least should be aiming to split the two games against Iowa, but there’s potential for a sweep here. I’m excited to watch. 

QB search 

By all accounts, it seems that Nebraska football is coming closer and closer to landing a transfer quarterback.

Recent reports have suggested that former Texas quarterback Casey Thompson could make the move to the Huskers, along with Florida State’s Chubba Purdy. Thompson could be the starter in 2022, although that’s not a guarantee.

Thompson had an up-and-down season for the Longhorns in 2021, with his best statistical performances coming in losses to Oklahoma and Kansas. He threw 24 touchdowns and just nine interceptions throughout the season, which is a ratio more impressive than any quarterback the Huskers have had in a while. 

Of course, that doesn’t account for rushing touchdowns, and Texas plays in a different conference. Just off numbers, we can’t say that Thompson would be a massive upgrade or even do well should he choose Nebraska. He struggled about as much as he shined this last season, and there’s plenty of reason to be skeptical.

Ideally, Mark Whipple will be able to bring the best out of whoever is in Nebraska’s quarterback room. Offensive line improvements and a few pass-catchers stepping up will be important to the success of whoever the signal-caller is next year as well.

For all the worries about if Nebraska would be able to get a high-profile transfer quarterback this offseason, landing Thompson would be a satisfactory outcome. With all the things still moving around in this program and recent history, improvement isn’t a sure thing for next season, but I’ve liked most of the moves Nebraska has made. 

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