LINCOLN — A pregame depth chart lying innocuously on the media information kiosk in Memorial Stadium’s press box told the story of what fans saw with their own eyes by the third quarter.
Logan Smothers won the backup quarterback job over Matt Masker and Heinrich Haarberg.
Smothers, a second-year freshman, completed 4 of 7 passes for 50 yards and ran four times for 36 yards in mop-up duty behind Adrian Martinez. Smothers led NU to its final two touchdowns of the day but also fumbled on an option run.
“I thought Logan did well, and that’s kind of what I’ve seen from him,” coach Scott Frost said. “That was a tough fight. I trust the other two kids — Matt got a snap there at the end — and I thought Logan played really well, other than putting the ball on the deck.
“He felt bad about that, but it’s good to see him out there.”
Smothers appeared decisive with his passing selections, even if, on a long post pattern to Zavier Betts, he underthrew the pass a bit.
“He thinks through the game really well,” Frost said.
Asked a third question about the backup quarterback battle, Frost smiled and said reporters had to focus on the things that were more important than mop-up duty. Still, Smothers’ progress in the spring — which reporters did not see — was one reason NU chose not to pursue a transfer quarterback in the offseason.
“Logan won the No. 2 spot through his body of work,” Frost said.