Nebraska football names Casey Thompson starting QB against Northwestern Wildcats

Nebraska have named Casey Thompson, a transfer from Texas, as the starting quarterback for next week’s season opener against Northwestern in Dublin, Ireland.

Coach Scott Frost said on his radio show Thursday night that Thompson would “take the first replay” against Northwestern. Thompson, who joined Nebraska in January, started 10 games for Texas last season and led the Big 12 in 24 touchdown passes while rushing for 2,113 yards and completing 63.2% of his attempts.

He had competed for the top job with Chubba Purdy, a Florida State transfer, and Logan Smothers. Frost said he “won’t be surprised” if more than one quarterback played for Nebraska this season. Thompson underwent surgery on his pitching thumb this summer after playing with ligament injuries for much of last season.

“There’s no substitute for having played a lot of college football and he’s made fewer mistakes,” Frost said of Thompson. “It was also really a big jump from Spring Ball to Fall. That thumb probably bothered him more than he cared to admit. He throws it much better now.”

Thompson will lead an offense under new coordinator Mark Whipple, who worked at Pitt last year with Heisman Trophy finalist Kenny Pickett, the only quarterback selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft.

“He’s got a really good feel for the bag, throws well, he does a really good job with our running gear, and that was a bit new to him,” Frost said. “He’s a football-loving boy.”

Frost also spoke about the impact of new offensive line coach Donovan Raiola, a former NFL lineman who has spent the past four seasons on the Chicago Bears staff.

“He trains them hard,” Frost said. “I laugh with the guys because there’s like 15-20 offensive linemen vomit every day, and it’s not because they’re out of shape. He just works hard on them. I think they love it. He kind of freed them to be aggressive and I love how they come off the ball.” Nebraska football names Casey Thompson starting QB against Northwestern Wildcats

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