Nebraska names Texas transfer Casey Thompson as starting QB


Nebraska head coach Scott Frost announced that Casey Thompson will be the team’s starting quarterback to start the 2022 season college football season.

Frost said Thompson was going to be “the guyduring an appearance on the Husker Sports Nightly radio show. The Cornhuskers open the 2022 season against Northwestern in Dublin, Ireland on August 27.

“Talking to the offensive staff about it, Casey will be the guy,” Frost said. “But we’ve had a lot of guys who play well in that position.

“Chubba [Purdy] keeps getting better. Logan [Smothers] is clearly better than last year. We have seen many good things from [Heinrich] Haarberg and Richie [Torres] is a super talented young man. I really like what we have in this position. I wouldn’t be surprised if more than one plays. But Casey will take the first rep.”

Thompson transferred to Nebraska after three seasons at Texas, where he was the primary starter in 2021. He finished with 2,113 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, nine interceptions and a 154 quarterback rating, 7 while completing 63.2% of his passes. He also recorded 157 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.

“There’s no substitute for playing a lot of college football,” Frost said of Thompson. “There were fewer mistakes on his part.”

Purdy, who was also up for departure, was transferred to Nebraska after two seasons of scattered playing time at Florida State.

Frost, entering his fifth season as Nebraska head coach, has previously called the team’s starting QB position Thompson “a job to lose.” Adrian Martinez served as Nebraska’s lead quarterback from 2018-21. He was traded to Kansas State last December.

Nebraska went 3-9 (1-8 in Big Ten play) in 2021.

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