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Looking ahead to the 2022 Nebraska football season, we’re rounding up all of the departures, newcomers, and the returners in a summer position-by-position breakdown series.

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  • Adrian Martinez (transfer, Kansas State)


  • Casey Thompson (Jr, transfer, Texas)
  • Chubba Purdy (RS Fr, transfer, Florida State)
  • Richard Torres (2022 HS Sr)


  • Logan Smothers (So)
  • Heinrich Haarberg (RS Fr)
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Replacing a four-year starter and captain at the most important position on the field is never easy, but that’s only one element of the changes you’ll see when the Husker offense takes the field in Ireland this August.

Offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, wide receivers coach, offensive line coach and running backs coach all turned over after a 3-9 record in 2021. Mark Whipple brings four decades of coaching experience to the staff, including development of a Heisman finalist and NFL first-round draft pick at Pitt in Kenny Pickett.

Head coach Scott Frost has ceded some control to Whipple, who has blended different passing concepts with Frost’s power run game. All of that makes for a steep learning curve for any quarterback.

How about NU’s signal callers? The odds-on favorite to win the job is Texas transfer Casey Thompson. The former Longhorn threw 24 TDs and just nine INTs, six of which came after he suffered a thumb injury against Oklahoma. Thompson threw just four passes in Nebraska's spring game, having worked through the previous 14 practices to try and sew up the starting job in the fall.

While he could have left an uncertain future behind, Logan Smothers decided to stay and compete. Smothers got valuable experience in 2021, and he’ll figure into the battle.

Florida State transfer Chubba Purdy missed a majority of the spring with an injury but was able to showcase his skills in the Red-White game. He had the prettiest pass of the afternoon, but he may face an uphill climb compared to Thompson & Smothers having had all of spring ball to learn Whipple’s scheme.

Torres enrolled early but could not participate in spring practice due to a knee injury he suffered duringhis high school senior season. He is a likely redshirt.