Former Texas starting quarterback Casey Thompson will transfer to Nebraska after starting one season for the Longhorns, the veteran signal-caller announced in an Instagram post.
The Oklahoma City native accumulated 2,113 yards passing, 157 yards rushing and 28 total touchdowns in 12 appearances after wresting the job from opening-day starter Hudson Card. Thompson cleared 300 yards passing in games against Texas Tech and No. 16 Oklahoma in his first four starts, but struggled later in the year after suffering a hand injury.
Thompson heads to a Nebraska squad that finished 3-9 in coach Scott Frost’s fourth season at his alma mater. Painfully, the Huskers achieved the feat despite posting a positive point differential against their 11 FBS opponents, going 0-for-8 in one-score games.
The Cornhuskers landed Thompson over Oklahoma, Auburn, Indiana and Missouri. Here are key takeaways from Thompson’s transfer decision.
Major QB room addition
Nebraska has two returning scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, but rising sophomore Logan Smothers is the only one who has thrown a pass. After losing longtime starter Adrian Martinez to Kansas State, bringing in some experience was a must for Frost in yet another critical year.
Thompson wasn’t perfect with the Longhorns, but his numbers were solid for a quarterback thrust into so much chaos. Since Nebraska lost so many games due to poor management and mental errors, Thompson should add stability and professionalism to a quarterback room that hasn’t produced a 3,000-yard passer since 2017.
Nebraska lost just one game by more than seven points in 2021 — a 26-17 home defeat to Ohio State — so the Cornhuskers aren’t far off. If Thompson can be a strong and productive addition, he can help…