Pressure mounting for Nebraska quarterbacks as spring game looms

Patrick O'Brien (left) and Tanner Lee speak with Nebraska Huskers head football coach Mike Riley during practice on March 11, 2017 (NTV News)

There's a lot of interest to see the new look offense and, in turn, a new quarterback for basically the first time in five seasons after the graduation of Tommy Armstrong, Jr. who started almost the entirety of his four years at Nebraska.

Regardless of who looks best Saturday, it's not the deciding factor in the next quarterback at Nebraska.

"It's not a whole lot different than every other practice. It's going to be a deal where there will be a bunch of people in the stands and that will be different, making sure we have a lot of poise and don't get too caught up in all the hype of the day. So that will be different for them [Tanner Lee and Patrick O'Brien]," said Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf.

Handling the increased pressure with a packed Memorial Stadium could provide an extra hint of assurance for whomever handles it best, but it's not being viewed much differently than a day when there's no one watching.

"In terms of evaluation it will be heavily graded and looked at like all of our practices have been. It's an important practice but it's not anything way different in terms of the whole entire spring and how we've evaluated it," says Langsdorf.

As for this year's game, head coach Mike Riley is doing his best to protect those quarterbacks by instilling a no-hit rule on anyone under center.

Other differences include the first half being timed like a real game and a running clock in the second half.

Returns won't be happening on punts, and kickoffs are going to be bare bones with only the kicker and return men present. Riley wants his kickers to focus more on where they need to place the ball rather than going through the full routine of running, blocking and tackling on the kickoff with 22 men.

Kickoff is ready to go at 1:00 p.m. Click here for more on what to expect on game day at Nebraska.

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