Nebraska coach Scott Frost confirmed Tuesday that quarterback Tristan Gebbia, a redshirt freshman who lost the race for the starting job to true freshman Adrian Martinez this past weekend and did not practice Monday, has asked for and been granted a release from Nebraska.
As previously reported, Gebbia was no longer enrolled in classes according to the university registrar’s office. As of Monday afternoon, Frost still wanted Gebbia, a redshirt freshman, to stay. At the time, an NU official called the situation “fluid” amid reports of Gebbia asking for his scholarship release.
Gebbia did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The World-Herald. His father, Rich, declined to take a phone call initially then didn’t respond to requests for comment. Multiple assistant coaches from four-year schools and junior colleges started following Gebbia’s Twitter account.
Frost thought Gebbia took the news “really well” when he first learned he lost the starting quarterback job to Martinez, a true freshman. That was Saturday. By Monday, Frost was telling reporters that Gebbia didn’t practice with the team. NU began its game-week preparations with drama.
“We want guys who want to be here,” Frost said. “Hopefully everything lands in a good position. I think that’s to be determined. … Tristan’s a great kid. There have been several players who have chosen not to be a part of the program, and some of the decisions I agreed with, some of them I didn’t. No matter what, these are good kids, and we want what’s best for them.”
Frost said Nebraska preaches “team before me.”
Nebraska’s new backup quarterback is sophomore walk-on Andrew Bunch, who originally joined the team under coach Mike Riley. Bunch played one year at Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College after starring at Thompson’s Station (Tennessee) High School.
The third-team quaterback is freshman Kearney Catholic walk-on Matt Masker. Another quarterback, Noah Vedral, is redshirting this season.
Akron at Nebraska
When: 7 p.m. Saturday (2 p.m. Pregame)
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln
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