Nebraska Football: 5 takeaways from spring ball for Huskers

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Nebraska football completed its spring practices on Saturday with its spring game and here are five key takeaways.

As far as hot seats go in the Big Ten, Scott Frost, the head coach of Nebraska football, has a seat as hot as anyone.

There is plenty of talk about Jim Harbaugh, who just got an extension of sorts, but if Frost doesn’t deliver next season and by deliver, I mean at least getting Nebraska football back to a bowl game, it’s hard to see how he keeps his job going forward.

The man who was supposed to save Nebraska football has a record of 12-20 in three seasons and the patience of the Husker faithful is starting to wear.

One positive though for all Nebraska football fans was the fact that they were able to attend and watch the spring game this year. It was an exciting affair, one that ended on a game-winning touchdown pass by freshman Heinrich Haarberg that led the White team to a 21-20 victory.

Haarberg’s touchdown pass certainly ended the spring game on a high note, but here’s a deeper look at five takeaways from Nebraska football’s spring.

A veteran QB?

One of the questions going into spring ball for Nebraska football was about depth at the quarterback position. Adrian Martinez is obviously proven and expected to be the starter. However, his injury issues have hurt Nebraska before and back in 2018, lack of QB depth cost the Huskers a trip to a bowl game.

Frost can’t afford to let that happen again, which is why the evaluation of Haarberg and Logan Smothers was critical. Haarberg is a three-star athlete out of Kearney, Nebraska and some wondered about taking him.

But during the spring, he stood out and his magic at the end of the spring game could be a sign of things to come. Smothers also had his moments, engineering a 70-yard drive, before Haarberg marched his team down to win the game.

Overall though, it was a solid spring for the quarterbacks and the young guys probably showed enough that Nebraska football isn’t desperate to add a QB in the portal.