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Nebraska football could get its next QB from an unusual source

When it comes to filling the seats in Nebraska football’s quarterback room, Matt Rhule often takes some rather interesting approaches. The starters tend to be traditional, whether recruits or transfers, but to get the full picture, the second-year head coach has already established a tradition of being “out of left field.”

Even by those standards, whether it’s a walk-on that no one knew aboutor simply bring in a prospect I have received a number of FCS offers but beyond that, the latest quarterback who could get a Huskers offer is the most “out of left field” of the Rhule era.

While Jalyn Gramstad doesn’t technically have an offer from Nebraska photoball yet, it seems like everything is moving that way. The most interesting tidbit about that is that he would easily be the most experienced and most successful black sheep quarterback Rhule has brought in.

Gramstad recently took in what the Huskers had to offer at a postgraduate camp. This is also a bit outside the box of what the program has done before and was started last summer by the new coach and his staff.

While he would almost certainly have to walk on if the Cornhuskers were to make an official offer, he is someone who would come in with impressive stats.

He is the 2023 NAIA Player of the Year and over the course of his career has thrown for over 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns at NAIA Power Northwestern in Iowa. He also ran 182 times for 772 yards, showing he can be a dual threat. Oh, and he just happens to have grown up as a Nebraska Cornhuskers fan.

“I always dreamed of playing at Nebraska,” Gramstad told Steve Sipple after camp. “I wanted to leave high school. I never actually had that opportunity. I never camped there as a child. This was something today where I wanted to take a risk and see if I could catch the coach’s eye a little.”

The next step is to see whether or not Nebraska football comes. Most reports said he had a mixed bag of performances, showing off a strong arm but not running his best 40-yard dash. It seems likely an offer will come if he’s willing to pay his own way. What happens next will be interesting to see.

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