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Nebraska Gets Commitment From Former Florida State Quarterback Chubba Purdy

January 17, 2022

Nebraska added another option to its quarterback room in Chubba Purdy.

Purdy, who spent almost two seasons at Florida State before entering his name in the transfer portal on Nov. 3, announced that he committed to the Huskers on Monday. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder from Queen Creek, Arizona, has four years to play four seasons.

Purdy, the younger brother of Brock Purdy, the four-year starting quarterback at Iowa State, is the second quarterback Nebraska has brought in this offseason, joining former Texas signal caller Casey Thompson. The Huskers now have five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in Purdy, Thompson, Logan Smothers, Heinrich Haarberg and Richard Torres, the lone quarterback in the 2022 class.

Purdy was a former four-star prospect in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports Composite. He committed to head coach Mike Norvell and Florida State over offers from Arizona State, Michigan State, Utah, Central Florida and others.

Purdy’s time in Tallahassee was plagued by a left collarbone injury that he suffered in his first fall camp, which slowed his development. After undergoing surgery for the injury, Purdy managed to still play in three games in the 2020 season with one start, against North Carolina State. In that game, a 38-22 loss, Purdy went 15-of-23 for 181 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 54 yards. In his two seasons, Purdy went a combined 27-of-53 for 219 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed for a combined 57 yards in those three games.

Purdy’s 2020 season ended following his start against NC State, however, as he needed to have a second surgery on the collarbone in order to have the hardware previously inserted removed after it began causing irritation and inflammation, according to the Orlando Sentinel. After missing all of the 2021 spring practice with the Seminoles while he rehabbed, Purdy returned for fall practice but played in just one game in 2021, against Massachusetts, and went 5-of-5 for 98 yards.

Nebraska’s new offensive coordinator, Mark Whipple, was recruiting Purdy to play for Pittsburgh when the coach was still there, and visited the quarterback at his home in Arizona on Dec. 6. During the head-spinning transfer quarterback carousel, Purdy was offered a scholarship from the Huskers, Oklahoma Sooners and Pitt Panthers.

Purdy and his family visited first-year Sooners coach Brent Venables and his staff in Norman, Oklahoma, this past Wednesday and Thursday before flying to Lincoln for a visit with the Huskers.

Whoever wins the starting quarterback job in the new Whipple-Scott Frost offense is going to need to process information quickly, which is the No. 1 trait Frost looks for in a quarterback.

“It doesn’t matter if you can throw and run as well as anybody in the country,” Frost said on ‘Sports Nightly’ on Dec. 16. “If you can’t see the game and be one step ahead and be making quick and correct decisions, then all the talent in the world doesn’t matter.”

During his first media appearance as a Husker assistant coach, Whipple has said he will gear his offense to the strengths of the quarterback. The 64-year-old has a big playbook and has experience calling different styles of offense.

“I don’t need yes men, I need you to tell me the truth—what do you like and don’t,” Whipple said. “I’ve got enough stuff, Scott’s got enough stuff.”

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