Nebraska Football: Former QB Luke McCaffrey should thrive at Rice

Former Nebraska football quarterback Luke McCaffrey has found his next home — Rice. McCaffrey entered the transfer portal earlier this offseason due to never sticking as the Huskers’ quarterback and originally landed with Louisville.

After some issues, however, McCaffrey transferred once again and now has a good shot to be a starter at Rice and make some noise for a non-Power-5 program. Rice does not have any quarterbacks returning from a season ago and his main competition a former two-star recruit who didn’t have any other offers from Division I programs.

Nebraska fans were excited about McCaffrey when he committed to the Huskers but his production was never good enough to merit keeping him as the starting quarterback. Even though Adrian Martinez had his fair share of struggles, the fact that McCaffrey couldn’t put him in the rearview mirror and take off with the job said a lot about what to expect from him.

Former Nebraska football quarterback Luke McCaffrey should do well at Rice.

The Huskers probably weren’t going to give McCaffrey many more opportunities to start moving forward so no one was surprised when he decided to enter the transfer portal earlier in the year.

As Brett McMurphy mentioned in the tweet above, McCaffrey started two games in 2020 and played in seven games total. His production left a lot to be desired, as he tossed for just 466 yards, one touchdown, and six interceptions. Passing is a huge part of being a quarterback, even at the college level, and McCaffrey struggled to do so accurately.

Running-wise, he was good, dashing for 364 yards and three touchdowns but that can’t be the end all be all for a quarterback. When the Huskers were trailing, McCaffrey wasn’t the kind of quarterback who could dig them out of a hole because he wanted to run with the ball and not throw it. That just won’t cut it.

Nebraska fans hope the best for McCaffrey and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of damage he can do for the Owls.