Since the portal opened on Monday we’ve seen a flurry of updates on the hunt for Nebraska’s new quarterback, including offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield logging plenty of miles through the air. Here’s the latest update to the Power Rankings.
Brock Vandagriff, Georgia to Kentucky
Tyler Shough, Texas Tech to Louisville
Max Brosmer, New Hampshire to Minnesota
1. Cam Ward, Washington State, Previously 2
Initially it looked like Ward was going to be a long shot but then betting odds came out with Nebraska right in the mix. Now it’s been reported that Nebraska is meeting with Ward. Easily the best quarterback in the portal Nebraska may be a long shot, but they seem to be in the mix.
2. Kyle McCord, Ohio State, Previously NR
Nebraska has officially met with McCord and all reports indicate that the Huskers are squarely in the mix. McCord isn’t going to go out and wow you with his physical tools. However he was the 4th rated quarterback in his recruiting class and helped Ohio State win 11 games with a 4:1 touchdown to interception ratio. McCord would allow Satterfeild to run the offense he had at South Carolina.
3. Will Howard, Kansas State, Previously 1
Howard dropping from one to three is no slight to him. I think everybody would be happy to have Howard is Scarlett and Cream. However I just think that Ward and McCord are just a little better options. Nebraska seems to still be in the mix, but I have a feeling Howard is looking for somewhere bigger.
4. Blake Shapen, Baylor, Previously 11
Shapen shot up the rankings coming from 11 as I just was connecting the dots with him playing for Baylor. However the Huskers seemed to be pretty interested in him since Satterfield made a trip down to Waco to see him. Shapen was up and down for the Bears but did lead them to a victory over Oklahoma State in the 2021. He may not be their top target, but a solid fall back option.
5. Sam Leavitt, Michigan State, Previously 3
Leavitt has been a popular name so far in the Huskers search for their next quarterback. It seems like Leavitt is the most eager to join the Huskers and thus could be a good fall back option. In watching Leavitt’s tape I like his athletic ability and can be an accurate passer. He reminds me of an upgraded Chubba Purdy.
6. MJ Morris, NC State, Previously 4
In four games played last year, Morris threw for 719 yards and 7 touchdowns in three wins. But what could alarm Husker fans is that Morris also threw 5 interceptions in those four games. Morris has three years of eligibility, does Nebraska want a long term solution or a quick one year rental? Something to consider is that Nebraska was in Morris’ top 3 when he committed to NC State.
7. AJ Swann, Vanderbilt, Previously 5
You might not know much about AJ Swann, but that’s because he played at Vanderbilt. Not only does Swann have good size at 6’3 230 pounds but also has a strong arm and is a solid athlete. Could he thrive in a program that isn’t overmatched every single game?
8. Tyler Van Dyke, Miami, Previously 6
As redshirt freshman Van Dyke won ACC Rookie of the Year throwing for 2,931 yards, 25 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. Since then Van Dyke has had to learn two new systems and while struggling in 2022 before having a solid season this past year throwing for 2703 yards and 19 touchdowns. But what is concerning is that Van Dyke threw 15 interceptions this past year.
9. Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Previously 8
A dual threat quarterback, Sluka led the FCS in rushing yards as a quarterback and nearly led an upset over Boston College. Sluka is more of a runner but has a decent enough arm. If Nebraska wants to continue to have a dual threat option, Sluka could very well be a great fit.
10. Will Rogers, Mississippi State, Previously 8
Thriving in the Air Raid, Rogers struggled in a more pro style scheme this past year. You have to think that he’ll end up at another Air Raid team and Wisconsin seems like a strong bet.
11. Gerry Bohanon, South Florida, Previously 10
Bohanon started his career at Baylor under Matt Rhule. Need some more bodies could Rhule look to bring back a quarterback he has some familiarity with?
We’ll Take, but They’re Headed to a Championship Contender
DJ Uiagalelei, Oregon State
Recent rumors don’t have DJU following his Oregon State coaches to Michigan State. Will Uiagalelei stay on the West Coast? His younger brother plays for Oregon and the Ducks could use someone to replace Bo Nix.
Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina
As perfect for Nebraska as Grayson McCall would be, he’s likely looking to go to a school that he can win big at. But man I’d love to see him running the option in Lincoln.
Riley Leonard, Duke
Before an injury, Leonard was looking like one of the best quarterbacks in college football. But now with Mike Elko gone and at Texas A&M, Leonard is also looking to move on. Leonard could follow Elko to Aggieland but The Athletic has reported that industry insiders are saying Notre Dame is the favorite.
Dante Moore, UCLA
A former 5 Star prospect looked the part at times for UCLA but was eventually benched. Oregon could be a possibility because he was once verbally committed before flipping to UCLA before signing day. Moore is from Detroit and could look to return home to either Michigan State or even Michigan.
Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma
After a two year stint at Oklahoma where he threw for 6,828 yards and 55 touchdowns, Gabriel is leaving the Sooners and deciding if he’ll join another school or declare for the NFL. Look for Mississippi State to be the front runner as Gabriel has been coached by new Bulldogs coach Jeff Lebby at both Central Florida and Oklahoma.