Nebraska Football: 3 biggest questions heading into spring

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Nebraska football opens spring practices in less than 10 days and here are the three biggest questions facing the Huskers. 

There is a ton of excitement and energy surrounding the Nebraska football program and that’s thanks to new head coach Matt Rhule.

Rhule has been a breath of fresh air for Nebraska football fans. He’s recruiting the state extremely hard and it’s clear he’s a relentless recruiter. All of the signs are pointing toward this being a perfect hire.

Yet, March 20th is when the Huskers will hit the practice field for the first time this spring and for the first time under Rhule. With a total of 39 new scholarship players coming in, things are going to look different, and here are the three biggest questions facing Nebraska football head of spring practices.

Who is going to play quarterback?

Casey Thompson is coming back for Nebraska football, but the Huskers also added former Georgia Tech starter Jeff Sims from the transfer portal.

Rhule has close ties to Geoff Collins, who was the former Georgia Tech head coach. That’s who Sims played for, so Rhule knows what he’s getting. He’s also talked really highly of Sims.

Yet, Thompson has thrown 41 touchdown passes the past two seasons and is a much more accurate passer, let alone his deep ball, which is among the best in college football. At least it was last season.

Rhule said he wants a quarterback who can take care of the football and both have had issues with that. Sims has 23 career interceptions; Thompson has 19. I believe Thompson is the better passer. He’s not a dual threat but I think when it comes to game one in the fall, Thompson will be the starter.

However, with Thompson dealing with an injury this spring, Sims will get the majority of the snaps and he’s got a chance to establish himself as the starter too and that’s another thing to watch for Nebraska football this spring.