As the offseason progresses for Nebraska football, we are getting status updates about each of the quarterbacks in the positional room. On Tuesday, offensive coordinator Mark Whipple talked about where each of the quarterbacks stand at this point in the offseason. He had a status update about Chubba Purdy that was particularly intriguing.
Purdy transferred to the program in January, and was one of Whipple’s first recruits to come to the program. The former Florida State commit now enters an entirely remade quarterback room, with Casey Thompson the projected starter.
Despite all that, Purdy has put together strong showings throughout the course of spring practices. One example of this was during the spring game. He looked sharp and accurate, and also looked calm within the pocket.
Seeing his performance in the spring game was nice. I certainly enjoyed it. Following the conclusion of the game, I just wanted to see him be able to build off his performance. So far, it sounds like he has been able to at the midway point, as transcribed by Michael Bruntz of Husker247.
“He’s really grown,” Whipple said of Purdy. “He had a foot problem in the spring and we had to back him off. He got five practices at the end (of spring ball) and really has made a tremendous jump in understanding the offense, understanding defenses. He said it was his first spring game he ever played. He did alright there. I think this offseason has been really beneficial for him all the way through.”
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I like to hear this for a couple of reasons. For one, this means that he is in good shape in regards to his foot injury. If he wasn’t, Whipple probably would’ve said something about it.
Secondly, it sounds like he is figuring out the playbook pretty well. This will be good for not only right now but in the future. There is a possibility that Casey Thompson leaves the program should he have a productive 2022 season. If that’s the case, Nebraska will have another quarterback ready to go in Purdy.
This may seem like a novel concept, as quarterback troubles and depth at the position have plagued the program. For this season, growth will be important. and I’ll be interested to see how he develops as a player.
Right now, it seems like he is on the right track. It wouldn’t be a stretch for me to say that he will be a contributor in the near future.