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Frost: Thompson Is The Huskers’ Starting Quarterback

August 18, 2022

Hours after Nebraska offensive coordinator Mark Whipple deferred the starting quarterback decision to the head coach, Scott Frost made the announcement.

Texas transfer Casey Thompson is Nebraska’s starting quarterback. He is “going to be that guy” to “take the first rep,” Frost told Greg Sharpe on the Husker Sports Network Radio Show on Thursday night. This decision came a week after Frost said the job was Thompson’s to lose.

Frost mentioned experience as a factor in the decision. Thompson played in 19 games, starting 10, over four years at Texas before arriving at Nebraska ahead of this season. Frost said the junior’s experience playing college football at the highest level played a big role. He also said Thompson has developed since the Spring, saying Thompson’s linger thumb injury may have been more of a factor than Thompson led on. Progression in fall camp from Spring, with that thumb treated, impressed coaches.

While Thompson received the starting job, Frost was also complimentary of Florida State transfer Chubba Purdy and sophomore Logan Smothers.

>> Frost said team captains have been voted on and those will be announced to the team and at the Boneyard Bash on Saturday.

>> Coaches are still considering Blackshirt selections. Frost said he’ll meet with defensive coordinator Erik Chinander before they announce the first group of blackshirt recipients. Blackshirts will be handed out before the team leaves for Ireland, although it likely won’t be the full 11, Frost said.

>> Frost is pleased with how the schedule unfolded. He said the team was tight against Illinois last year and wants them to play more freely.

>> Frost said the team’s second scrimmage was improved from the first. Coaches lowered intensity later in the scrimmage to ensure player safety. Frost said the defense has been ready to play a game since then. He also said the addition of TCU transfer Ochaun Mathis has helped turn edge rusher from a position of concern to one of the team’s deeper positions. Mathis’ arrival, while fitting in with the defense, has elevated his teammates, Frost said. The head coach said he’s comfortable and feels good about the current linebacker group.

>> Marcus Washington is “better than I was hoping for,” Frost said. There’s a swath of capable receivers and running backs so far. Frost is also encouraged by the development of Thomas Fidone, Nate Boerkircher and Chancellor Brewington at tight end. They’ll all play along with Travis Vokolek, who Frost said has a chance to be the best tight end he’s had at Nebraska.

>> Frost smiled when asked about special teams. He said he likes where the team’s at in special teams and the unit makes him feel good. “We need to win games on special teams,” he said. There are several players who could be potential difference-makers on that side of the ball. Frost admitted special teams involvement could play a role in cutting the squad down to the 74-man limit against Northwestern.

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