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Logan Smothers Embracing Competition at Nebraska, Where ‘He Wants to Be’

March 10, 2022

There is a lot of fight in Nebraska quarterback Logan Smothers.

We saw that during the Black Friday matchup with Iowa to end the 2021 season. The quarterback completed 16-of-22 passes for 198 yards. He also led Nebraska with 24 carries for 64 yards and two rushing touchdowns. He waited a long time for those first touchdowns as a Husker. Smothers was Nebraska’s first commitment of the 2020 recruiting class cycle.

He got the ball rolling for that class back on July 26, 2018. He actually committed before Luke McCaffrey, the quarterback for the 2019 recruiting class. Coach Scott Frost—and then quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco—identified Smothers early. They were drawn to his skillset, toughness and mental makeup as a coach’s son. There were many schools that tried to recruit Smothers until he signed with the Huskers. Ohio State, Ole Miss and Florida State were a few of the schools jostling for an official visit from him. Smothers made good on his long-time verbal commitment and signed with the Huskers.

“That was a big thing for me, getting to take on that role as a leader,” Logan said after committing. “I want to win a national championship at Nebraska so I want to take on that role to help get guys here in order to do that. I’m going to do whatever it takes. I’m a winner.”

Smothers did a lot of winning in high school. He also put up great numbers. In his career he tallied 10,428 yards and 100 touchdowns. He racked up 3,013 yards and 41 total touchdowns during his senior season. He only played in 38 of 52 total quarters because his school did so well. The signal-caller is used to having success and leading a team. It’s not surprising that––in the face of intense competition at his position, a new quarterbacks coach and an evolving offense––he isn’t backing down. Smothers was adamant in his time with the press on Wednesday that Nebraska is where he wants to be.

“I came here from Alabama. This is where I want to be,” Smothers said. “So, I’m saying right here. It’s competition, you have to love it.”

Competition is something that Smothers embraces. He will get plenty this spring. That start he got against Iowa at the end the season last year provided good experience. Former Kearney Catholic standout Heinrich Haarberg returns. The team also actively pursued transfer options this offseason. Nebraska brought in not one but two quarterbacks to compete. Texas quarterback transfer Casey Thompson is vying for the job. Most feel Thompson is in the lead early on in the battle. Former Florida State quarterback Chubba Purdy came into the program in time for spring football. Purdy has missed the first two weeks of practice with injury but will return after spring break.

Smothers isn’t just going to give up the job easily. This is his third year in the program. He is feeling more comfortable than ever. His leadership style is to lead by example to rally the team. It’s rare for quarterbacks to make a statement that they intend to be in for the long-haul. Quarterbacks transferring are understandable because only one can play at a time. What makes Smothers want to stick it out in Nebraska?

“Just everything,” Smothers said. “The atmosphere and just the guys in the room. Those are my boys so I want to be here with them.”

Smothers said that it didn’t cross his mind to transfer. It wasn’t something he needed to discuss with his family because he arrived at that choice on his own. The Alabama native waited two years between committing and getting to campus. He worked behind the scenes behind Adrian Martinez for his shot to start. Now he finds himself in a fight to start that he doesn’t intend on walking away from.

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