The plan is for Casey Thompson to return to the Huskers in 2023

Casey Thompson He plans to return to football at Nebraska in 2023, his father, Charles Thompson, confirmed to Husker247 Monday Night.

While Nebraska’s starting quarterback in 2022 will need some time to heal from the various injuries he suffered last fall (a throwing shoulder, ulnar nerve damage in his right arm, and a bruised elbow), his experience and toughness make him the most valuable player. Matt Rowley He could remain on the roster for his first season as a NU coach.

Thompson will be in his sixth year of life in 2023, having left the year he fought through injuries to C.omplete 63 percent of his passes (173 of 274) for 2,407 yards and 17 touchdowns, while adding five rushing touchdowns.

The quarterback threw for over 300 yards three times on the season, becoming just the fifth player in Husker history to do so. He finished in style in Nebraska’s 24-17 win against Iowa, throwing for 278 yards on 20 of 30 passes.

“We made it closer than it needed to be,” Thompson said after the win. “I think we could have thrown it 400, 500 yards.”

After that game, he told reporters that he needed some time to heal his body and process a few things before deciding on his next move for 2023. Just as important as anything in December was getting his master’s degree in applied science.

“The demands of playing quarterback at that level, here at the University of Nebraska, it’s a blessing, but sometimes a curse because you have to deal with so much,” Thompson said after the Iowa game about his upcoming decision.

The midfielder then knew he would need some time to recover. Among the injuries he said he had, he tore his right labrum around the Oklahoma game in September.

“There is a lot to consider in the equation. Who stays? Who comes back?” He said then. “Meet the new coach. There are a lot of things I have to do, but the first thing I have to do is get healthy, and I have to make a decision about what I want to do with my right shoulder.”

Even while playing runner for much of the year behind an O line that frankly struggled, Thompson’s 2,407 passing yards ranked seventh in school history while his 17 passing touchdowns tied for tenth on Nebraska’s season chart. At the conclusion of the regular season, Thompson ranked 10th nationally in passing yards per completion (13.9) and 14th in passing yards per attempt (8.8).

The Huskers just added another QB commitment to the fold last week, with a Georgia Tech transfer Jeff Sims He announces his plans to come to Lincoln.

That would give Nebraska six scholarship quarterbacks right now: Thompson, Sims, Chupa PurdyAnd the Logan chokesAnd the Heinrich Harberg And the Richard Torres. Easy going Jarrett Sink He also impressed the last coaching staff enough to include him on the travel list, and even took a few snaps at the end of the Michigan game.

While Husker fans wait to see what Sims can bring to the table, there was certainly a wide gap between Thompson and the other Husker QBs last year, as shown when Nebraska’s offense was essentially stalled in games he was out with injury.

Even before hiring Rhule, Thompson had expressed an open mind and eagerness to know who the Huskers had chosen to lead the program.

“Obviously from the grand scheme of things, we’ve been a little bit this year I know in the last few years,” he said in November. “Whatever the reason is, I’m excited to see who takes over as head coach. They’re obviously paid a lot to know these things. But just being inside the program in the first year I would say we need to improve our discipline, improve performance under pressure and improve as players across the board, An improvement might have everyone pulling the same rope in the locker room.

“Lots of different little things and they all add up to be big things.”


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