Nebraska's quarterback situation for Iowa is murky, to say the least
There’s been a big question in Lincoln the last few weeks.
“Who’s the starting quarterback going to be on Saturday?”
Tommy Armstrong Jr. dealt with hamstring and ankle issues that finally sidelined him on Saturday. That meant that Ryker Fyfe got his second career start. And while Fyfe led the Huskers to a win, he also got banged up in the process.
Mike Riley announced on Monday that Fyfe broke a bone in his left wrist in Saturday’s game and he had surgery. That means he’s questionable for Saturday’s game against Iowa.
Add to the equation that Armstrong still isn’t a full participant at practice, and Nebraska is suddenly scraping the bottom of the barrel at quarterback. Riley said that he wouldn’t know until about Armstrong’s status until after Tuesday’s practice.
Riley said "we have a good feeling that Tommy is going to be able to do something." Same with Fyfe. No set rotation at this moment.
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Keep in mind that the Huskers are in a short week ahead of Friday’s game in Iowa City. On top of that, the Huskers are facing an Iowa defense that allowed an average of 6.5 points in its last two games.
What would Nebraska do if both Armstrong and Fyfe were sidelined? Zack Darlington, a converted receiver and former highly-touted quarterback recruit, will be the No. 3 QB on the depth chart. True freshman Lamar Jackson — different one — would be the emergency quarterback. Jackson played quarterback out of the wildcat formation in high school.
Nebraska obviously hopes that it doesn’t come to that. Whoever starts under center, the Huskers will either lack full health or experience at the most important position.