On his Carriker Chronicles podcast Wednesday, Adam Carriker posed the question of whether Nebraska football should give second-string quarterback Logan Smothers a chance. In my opinion, yes they should.
I don’t think Nebraska football needs to put him in the starting role right away. However, they need to give him meaningful snaps in order to see what the kid has. Right now, Adrian Martinez is not playing his best football. That much is clear. It is for that reason that Nebraska should at least try to see what Smothers can bring to the table.
Smothers does have a little bit of action this season. The freshman has appeared in four games this season. His most impactful game came in the season opener against Fordham. In that contest, he went four-of-seven, throwing for 50 yards. He also managed to carry the ball four times for 36 yards. Smothers is a dual-threat quarterback in every sense of the word.
It seems like he is going to fit the Nebraska football offense nicely. Nebraska football needs to give him a chance to show what he can do. This is all part of developing a quarterback, something the program has not been that good at in recent seasons. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to get Smothers additional reps, as he figures to be a bigger part of the quarterback conversation next year.
At this point, it would not hurt to see what he can do. Will the results are always be pretty? No, probably not. It is part of the learning process. If things get out of hand against Ohio State on Saturday, Nebraska should at least bring in Smothers to give him meaningful action. They owe it to him, as meaningful snaps could help in his development moving forward. This isn’t necessarily about what he will be able to do this year, but more so preparing him for next year.
It will be intriguing to see who is on the field for Nebraska football Saturday. This could be opportunity to test out the depth of the program. If the Huskers want to continue to get better, getting depth players snaps is a necessary step. The coaching staff should not be so stubborn and let it happen.