As decision looms, Nebraska’s quarterbacks still have moments of inconsistency

As decision looms, Nebraska’s quarterbacks still have moments of inconsistency
Tristan Gebbia took the first-team reps during the portion of Wednesday's practice open to reporters. (World-Herald News Service)

LINCOLN — There are days Mario Verduzco grades film of Nebraska quarterbacks and likes what he sees. Good ball placement. Strong body language. Quick tempo.

Then there are workouts like last Thursday and Friday, which the Husker QB coach labeled “kind of interesting.”

“Let’s just say they probably weren’t processing information as fast as they had been in previous days,” Verduzco said Wednesday. “It was one of those couple days. They know as well as anybody on our football team we can’t have those days. But it happened and away we go.”

More positive performances came out of the weekend from contending starters Adrian Martinez, Tristan Gebbia and Andrew Bunch, Verduzco said.

That included good running and crisp passing — to the right places on the field — in the Sunday scrimmage.

“As their quarterback coach,” Verduzco said, “I was pretty pleased with how they did.”

A decision on the starter is coming soon. Scott Frost said last month he wants to give whoever it is a week of preparation before the Sept. 1 opener against Akron. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters confirmed that Wednesday, saying the evaluation would continue this week before coaches picked someone “going into next week.”

Verduzco said he’s tasked with keeping the QBs calm even when they make mistakes. Meetings should be fun, not drudgery, even within a competition that has raged with little separation since spring. Part of what keeps things fresh is facing the NU defense, which presents a wide variety of looks that the assistant said can be “maddening.”

If the race remains in a dead heat, would Nebraska deploy a two-quarterback attack this season?

“If you have two, you don’t have one,” Verduzco said. “But ultimately Coach Frost will make that decision. If that’s the direction he wants to go, then that’s the direction we’ll go and I’ll coach the hell out of those guys and away we go. But I don’t know that that’s in Coach Frost’s DNA or something he wants to do.”

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