Nebraska Football: Luke McCaffrey is certainly in backup QB conversation

DENVER, CO - December 14: Valor Christian QB/DB Luke McCaffrey December 15, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - December 14: Valor Christian QB/DB Luke McCaffrey December 15, 2016. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images) /

Nebraska Football has a lot of talent in the quarterback  room.

We have spent the majority of the off-season talking about not if, but when Nebraska Football newcomer Luke McCaffrey will get playing time. He showed glimpses of potential during the Spring Game, but now he will have to show more than just potential. McCaffrey will be joining a crowded quarterback room as the Nebraska Football program begins preseason camp.

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There is no doubt that McCaffrey has skill and that he can compete. The real question is, how will he stack up against the rest of the quarterback room? Personally, I see him fitting in well with the rest of the room. Back in April, I said it was too early to make a judgment. Now, as training camp approaches, it’s becoming more apparent that McCaffrey will at least put the rest of the quarterbacks on their toes.

This is a very good thing for McCaffrey and an ideal situation for Nebraska Football, as he has nothing to lose here and everything to gain. As a freshman, the coaches probably aren’t expecting a ton out of him as it relates to the 2019 season. In the future, he should be able to be a staple of the offense. Right now, he is going to be getting used to big-time college football. I would expect growing pains and mistakes along the way, but that is half the fun of the process.

The Lincoln Journal Star is beginning a series that counts down the most intriguing Nebraska Football players. With McCaffrey being the subject on Wednesday,   their breakdown was interesting. For starters, let me say I agree with their thoughts.

"His intrigue, at least as it pertains to 2019, is not about a starting job, but rather how far he can push the envelope. Nebraska believes it can win a game with either sophomore Noah Vedral — whom Frost said in spring would be the No. 2 at that moment — or junior walk-on Andrew Bunch. Verduzco and Frost will want to get both at least some game action."

It sounds like he is going to give the quarterback room some competition. That is kind of what I expected, but I never really thought about it in terms of him leapfrogging over the current quarterbacks. It sounds like he has a chance to at least surpass Andrew Bunch on the depth chart. If anything, I see Noah Vedral being the biggest roadblock to McCaffrey. I think Bunch will certainly be a challenge, and it will be interesting to see the dynamic there.

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I am not saying anything is set in stone yet. Rather, I am saying that we are getting an idea of what the backup quarterback competition is going to be like. Right now, it is undoubtedly Bunch and Vedral battling it out, but from the sounds of it, McCaffrey is going to give them a run for their money.