Nebraska football is reeling a bit from the departure of Casey Thompson, but former South Carolina quarterback Braden Davis could ease concerns.
Casey Thompson isn’t going to be easy to replace this year, especially with the Nebraska football team already over the 85-man roster limit. However, if there’s one player out there worth adding to the roster crunch, it might be Braden Davis.
Like Thompson, Davis is a relatively new entry into the portal out of South Carolina. Unlike Thompson, he certainly wasn’t the starter for the Gamecocks, but he does have the kind of resume that Nebraska football might be looking for in order to add some depth to the quarterback room.
There’s also the fact that Davis has already worked with Huskers offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield. That might be the leg up that allows the Cornhuskers to give him a real look even as they try to figure out who to cut to get down to 85 scholarships on the roster.
Is Nebraska football looking at Braden Davis?
For now, bringing in the former South Carolina signal caller is little more than a pipe dream. But what a dream it would be.
The 6-foot-5 passer has talent, according to 247Sports, though he has some growing to do as well.
"“Excellent frame with length. Athletic with escapability. Does not panic under pressure. Good pocket awareness. Good arm strength that will improve with maturity. Shows very good touch on intermediate and deep balls. Throws catchable ball. Gets through progressions. Extends plays. Strong work ethic. Good foot speed and feet work in unison with arm. Has to tighten lengthy delivery. Drops elbow at times. Must continue to get stronger and add weight. Added strength will increase arm strength. Multi-year starter at high-major program with long-term NFL Draft potential.”"
That scouting report sounds quite a bit like what someone might have said about Casey Thompson a few years back.
Of course, the question is whether Braden Davis is looking to transfer to a program like Nebraska football, where he would likely sit in 2023.
If he did see some interest in reuniting with his former offensive coordinator, it would be hard to see Satterfield and Rhule turning him down, especially with the quarterback room down to three scholarship players.