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Nebraska Quarterbacks 'All Right Even' in Battle for Starting Spot

August 8, 2018
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Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco was not yet ready to announce Nebraska's starting quarterback after only five practices of fall camp. Instead, Verduzco painted a picture of a very even competition to the gaggle of reporters that surrounded him Wednesday.

Sophomore Andrew Bunch, redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia and freshman Adrian Martinez are all vying to be the signal-caller in 2018. Verduzco said the group has picked up where it left off in spring without any drop off. With that said, some of the fine details of what the quarterbacks are doing from snap-to-snap are still coming into focus.

Overall, the quarterbacks are progressing well as a group.

"They’re all right there, all right even you know?" Verduzco said. "They’re battling. They’re battling in 7-on7, they’re battle in the team periods, they battle in the mixed periods, you see what they do on tape and you know, it’s going good right now."

When it comes to dividing reps, Verduzco admitted they are as evenly divided as possible among the three potential quarterbacks. Knowing that everyone is waiting for any hint of who might be getting a few more turns with the first team, Verduzco played it close to the vest.

“Last spring it was basically the same process," he said. "I think when it was all said and done, we may have been two or three reps off per period. Whether it was 7-on-7 or team periods. We keep track of that and I’m very mindful of that because it’s important to those guys that are competing for the job. It’s also important for [offensive coordinator] Coach Walters and Coach [Scott] Frost.“

When asked about a timeline for the decision, Verduzco didn’t bite on Wednesday. Frost, however, said he would like to have the battle decided by the time Nebraska starts preparing for Akron.

Verduzco would comment on his happiness with the tempo so far in fall camp, praising the quarterback group for having a better handle on that than they did in the spring.

Regardless, there is a very important decision looming for Verduzco and the rest of the Nebraska offensive staff. Verduzco understands the quarterback decision is coming but he's in no hurry. He's just happy to be back with his guys.

“It’s an extension from spring, so it is fun,” Verduzco said. “Obviously, the season is coming so we always have that in the back of our heads. We understand what we are getting prepared for. That is to prepare for our first game versus Akron and the rest of the season. Coach Duval’s offseason has an element of fun.”

As for the decision, it's being taken day-by-day.

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