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Patrick O’Brien to transfer

Patrick O'Brien

Huskers lose quarterback Patrick O’Brien

Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco hinted after practice today that  Patrick O’Brien wasn’t at practice and what that could mean for the program. Shortly thereafter, we learned that Patrick O’Brien had decided to transfer from the program after requesting his release from the University.

“He wasn’t at practice so you guys can get the low down on that,” Verduzco said.  On Twitter, O’Brien released a full statement citing “fit” as the primary reason he was leaving the program:

“I would like to announce that I have been granted my release from the University of Nebraska. I am so incredibly blessed with being able to spend the past two and a half years at this university. I have created amazing relationships with people that will last a lifetime and I’m so appreciative of all the support I have received during my time here. I want to thank Coach Frost and all of his staff the short time I spent with them was great and I learned a lot but it just wasn’t the right fit. I want to also thank Coach Riley and Coach Langsdorf as they were the first ones to offer me a scholarship and to allow me to come to such a special school. I will always be a supporter of Nebraska football and that will last a lifetime. I want to thank the fans for making my experience here so awesome, you have been so supportive and words can’t describe how thankful I am. I loved every moment I spent at this school and will cherish it for a lifetime. I now will move on to a new school as I look to continue my football career.” – Patrick O’Brien

O’Brien was the only quarterback on the Huskers active roster with game experience having completed 60% of his passes last year backing up of starter Tanner Lee.  Patrick was 18-for-30 with 192 yards and an interception in his career as a Cornhusker.

Considered one of the top quarterbacks heading into spring practice, Patrick declined interview requests earlier this week after the quarterbacks were split into tiers for the first time and likely received reduced repetitions with the top practice units.  His strong arm, seniority, 6’4 220lb build, and quick feet led some Husker fans to believe that O’Brien would be the good fit for coach Frost’s new up-tempo offense and gave him an edge over the other quarterbacks on the roster.

 

Patrick O'Brien, Huskers

Patrick O’Brien throws the ball during the Huskers Spring Practice, Photo courtesy of HuskerFBNation on twitter

As a high school senior, O’Brien led San Janun Hills High School to a berth in the CIF Southern Section playoffs throwing for 2,895 yards and 32 touchdowns.  He completed 74.3% of his passing attempts and picked up an additional 626 yards and 8 touchdowns rushing the ball. He was named to the California second-team all-state team by USA Today that year as well. O’Brien was a highly coveted recruit for former head coach Mike Riley and his pro-style offense.  He was ranked as a top-10 quarterback by both 247sports and Rivals.com and was a finalist in the Elite 11 quarterback competition in the summer of 2015.

 

With his departure, the Huskers will rely on an inexperienced group of quarterbacks this fall to lead the team. Redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia is the likely the leader to take the job at this point with freshman Adrian Martinez and walk-on Andrew Bunch also competing hard for the position.

The Big Red also have sophomore Noah Vedral on the roster although he is ineligible to play for the Cornhuskers this fall. He transferred in from UCF this spring and due to NCAA transfer rules he is ineligible to play this season.

 

 

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