With a lopsided Nebraska football victory over Fordham on Saturday, we got a chance to see some of the quarterback depth that the Huskers have at their disposal. One of the players who came into the game was Logan Smothers.
Nebraska football fans have been hearing about Smothers ever since his days as recruit. His dual-threat ability made him an intriguing commitment of the 2020 class. We saw it on full display Saturday.
Smothers has impressive effort
He finished the game going four-of-seven through the air, throwing for 50 yards. He also made his presence felt on the ground, rushing the ball four times for 36 yards. I liked what I saw from him on Saturday. He was able to get the ball quickly out of his hands, and seemed to have decent arm strength. He looked comfortable under center, and that allowed him to take command of the offense while he was out there. He looked like an upperclassman, as he remained calm, cool, and collected during his time on the field.
Perhaps what I was most impressed by was his running talents. Although the running statistics may not exactly jump off of the stat sheet, his speed certainly made its presence felt on the television. He was extremely good running the football . He was able to get to the edge, and that allowed him to turn on the jets and make plays happen with his feet. It was fascinating to see, as his speed reminded me of a running back.
He did have a fumble in the game, but I’m not going to hold that against him. That was a tough play that saw him run in the middle of the field. As he tried to get down, he was swallowed up by Fordham defenders. There was not much he could do except to hope for the best. As he continues to learn the ropes of college football, mistakes like that are going to happen. It’s all part of the learning process.
I really enjoyed watching him play, and I certainly think that Nebraska football has something in Smothers. He certainly needs to develop a little bit more. However, we saw a solid baseline of talent on Saturday. Hopefully, there will be several other situations where he can get into a game. The more times he can get into a game, the better. Something tells me this will not be his last time under center for Nebraska.