Nebraska football could be pulling next QB from unusual source

Nebraska football head Matt Rhule has filled the QB room up before with some rather interesting roster moves, this one would be the most eye-brow raising.
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When it comes to filling the seats in the Nebraska football quarterback room, Matt Rhule often takes some rather interesting approaches. The starters tend to be traditional, either recruits or transfers, but in order to carry a full depth chart, the second-year head coach has already established a tradition of being “out of left field.”

Even by those standards, whether it’s bringing in a walk-on no one knew about, or just bringing in a prospect that got some FCS offers but little else, the latest quarterback who could get a Huskers offer is the most “out of left field” of the Rhule era.

While Jalyn Gramstad doens’t technically have an offer from Nebraska fotoball yet, it seems as if everything is heading down that road. The most interesting tidbit about that is that he would easily be the most experienced and most successful of the black sheep quarterbacks Rhule has brought in.

Nebraska football could be bringing in a quarterback from an unusual source

Gramstad recently took in what the Huskers had to offer at a post-graduate camp. This is also something off the beaten path from what the program has done before and was started last summer by the new coach and his staff.

While he would almost certainly have to walk on should the Cornhuskers make an official offer, he’s someone who would come in with impressive stats. 

He’s the NAIA player of the year in 2023 and over the course of his career, he’s thrown for over 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns at NAIA power Northwestern in Iowa. He also ran 182 times for 772 yards, showing that he can be a dual-threat. Oh and he happens to have grown up a Nebraska Cornhuskers fan.

“I always dreamt of playing at Nebraska,” Gramstad told Steve Sipple after the camp. “ I wanted to out of high school. I never really had that opportunity. I never camped down there as a kid. This was something today where I wanted to take a risk and see if I could catch the coach’s eyes a little bit”

The next step is to see whether or not Nebraska football comes calling. Most reports said he had a mixed bag of a performance, showing off a strong arm but not running his best 40-yard-dash. It seems likely an offer will come if he’s willing to pay his own way. What happens after that will be interesting to watch.