Huskers’ QB chaos: Thompson questionable, Purdy out for Wisconsin game

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Quarterback mania continues in the Husker football program.

Interim head coach Mickey Joseph said Tuesday that starting QB Casey Thompson practiced but would still be “day by day.”

“I expect him to be able to practice every day, but we do not know at what volume he will be able to throw it,” he said.

Thompson hasn’t taken a snap under center since being injured in the second quarter of the Illinois game.

That’s left Nebraska without much of an offense, as the Huskers have only scored 16 points in 2½ games.

But Joseph said he wouldn’t play Thompson if he is still in pain.

“I want to look at how the ball is coming out of his hand and make sure there is no nerve damage or any pain with the throwing,” he said. “We will figure it out from there.”

Now the Huskers are dealing with another quarterback injury. Joseph said Chubba Purdy would be getting surgery this week for a high ankle sprain.

If Thompson is not available for Saturday’s game against Wisconsin, Logan Smothers would be the one to start.

And his backup would be walk-on QB Jarrett Synek, a Hastings native.

“Synek repped today, so he will be the next guy up,” Joseph said.

Smothers has struggled during his time at quarterback, only completing 10 out of 19 passes for 96 yards.

Joseph said he thought Smothers was better during Tuesday’s practice.

“He has been a little beat up, but he was better today, and he threw the ball around a little bit and he ran pretty well today,” he said.

As to what could remedy Smothers’ struggles at QB, Joseph said he just needs more reps.

“He had a lot of reps last week, but I guess it was not enough,” he said. “Logan, when he comes in, he gives it his all.”

Nebraska only has two games left, with Saturday’s being the last at Memorial Stadium for the season.

Joseph will look to lead the Huskers to five wins, which Nebraska hasn’t done since Scott Frost’s second season as head coach.

If Nebraska loses the next two games, this will be its third straight season with only three wins.

The Huskers are set to face the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday at 11 a.m. It will be broadcast on ESPN.

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