Sophomore quarterback Patrick O’Brien missed Thursday’s practice and has been granted a release from the Nebraska Football program, per multiple sources.
O’Brien was Nebraska’s only eligible quarterback on the roster with in-game experience. He appeared in three games during the 2017 season, completing 18-of-30 passes for 192 yards and one interception. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco didn’t offer much comment.
Verduzco said O’Brien had “not very many reps” in Tuesday’s practice, mentioning freshman Adrian Martinez, redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia and sophomore Andrew Bunch as the top three QBs in no particular order.
Elsewhere, Thursday was Nebraska’s first practice of the spring inside Memorial Stadium. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters liked the energy from himself and his team.
Walters said the entire offense has been installed, and he expects to see his unit grasp the system better going forward as they get more reps.
Senior Stanley Morgan and sophomores Tyjon Lindsey and J.D. Spielman are all expected to be leaders at their respective position this season. However, Walters is impressed with some up-and-comers behind them.
Keyan Williams, the son of former Nebraska receivers coach Keith Williams missed all of last season with a hamstring injury. Williams is now a senior, and seems to be adapting to the new offense well.
Running backs coach Ryan Held said sophomore Jaylin Bradley has picked up where left off since making several big plays his freshman year.
Offensive line coach Greg Austin mentioned senior left guard Jerald Foster as someone who’s taken a leadership role in his room.