Taylor Martinez has been a decent but not great quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers since he came to Lincoln just over two years ago. He has had trouble staying healthy, with injuries ranging from ankles to his arm. Last season, Brion Carnes was the backup but hardly saw action.
This year, both Carnes and Ron Kellogg III are battling for the backup spot, but also have competition from true freshmen Tommy Armstrong. While offensive coordinator Tim Beck has stated that all three are still in competition, Beck should make the competition between just Carnes and Kellogg.
Kellogg has never played in a single game for the Cornhuskers, but he should get an opportunity to play. Though he does not have the best of arms, he can make most of the throws that will be required of him throughout the season.
Last year, Carnes attempted just two passes last year, but completed them both for twenty-six yards. Beck never opened up the offense with Carnes at the helm, but Carnes made some nice pitches. Carnes ran the option in high school, and he does have a better arm than Kellogg.
So why should Armstrong redshirt?
Martinez is graduation after next year, unless he receives a medical redshirt, though I am hoping that is not the case. Kellogg is a junior this year, and Carnes is a sophomore.
If Armstrong redshirts, not only does that give him another year to bulk up and learn the offense. Once Martinez and Kellogg graduates, then it comes down to a stiff competition between Armstrong and Carnes, with a few years ahead of them to run the offense.
That will give the Huskers offensive consistency and the ability to mesh with his receivers. A smart move, right?