The Nebraska Football program may lose a quarterback.
Andrew Bunch’s time in Nebraska could be short-lived. With the talent coming in at the quarterback position, the signal-caller may be looking to transfer from the Nebraska football program according to multiple media reports.
Originally a walk-on from Thompson Station, Tennessee, Bunch started in one game for Nebraska which ended up being a 24-19 loss to Troy. In 2018, the quarterback recorded 320 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions on the season. He completed 31-of-47 passes for a 66% completion percentage.
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I don’t blame him at all for wanting to explore the option of transferring. Nebraska has several signal-callers that can do the job of backing up Adrian Martinez. Noah Vedral can get the job done as well as Luke McCaffrey. McCaffrey will sign with Nebraska on December 19 per a report from Omaha.com.
Despite the reports of him wanting to transfer, he has made it clear to the Nebraska coaching staff that he would like to stay. A statement released by the program on Friday makes this clear.
"“Andrew met with Coach Frost recently and felt it was necessary to explore his options,” the statement read. “Playing time is important to him, and we support his decision to see what other opportunities may be out there.“He relayed to us that his heart is with this team, and that he would like to stay. We want him to be confident that Nebraska is the best place for him, so we will continue to support him as he works through this process. He plans to update everyone once he has evaluated his options.”"
I personally think he should explore his options. He did a nice job filling in for Nebraska when needed. However, the quarterback talent coming down the road is a higher quality than Bunch can necessarily provide. With that being said, I certainly respect him for still wanting to be a member of the team and I also respect his desire to look elsewhere. After all, he just wants to play football. Nebraska has enough talent at the position that they do not necessarily need him to stay in order to be successful. They have other options at their disposal.
If Bunch decides to stay with Nebraska I certainly respect that decision as well. Either way, he will have to battle it out for the job of backup quarterback. It should be exciting to see how that position battle plays out over the course of the off-season.