Quarterback Bronson Marsh has transferred from Nebraska — where he was buried on a growing depth chart — to Division II Nebraska-Kearney, Husker and Loper officials confirmed Monday.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Millard South graduate — who broke the state high school record for passing yards — should get an immediate shot to start at UNK, which played seven quarterbacks last year because of injuries and lack of production. Marsh will be one of the few scholarship quarterbacks on the Lopers’ roster.
“Does he have a chance to start? You do the math,” UNK offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Andy Siegal quipped Monday. “He’s got a chance to compete right away.”
Siegal — who worked as an assistant offensive line coach at Southern Mississippi under then-coach Larry Fedora — said that Marsh’s experience in Millard South’s spread offense should provide a “good skill set” for the Lopers to use.
It’s an interesting switcheroo, if you recall that, just before Signing Day 2012, Grand Island quarterback Ryker Fyfe spurned UNK to walk-on at Nebraska. Now the Lopers get NU’s 2011 Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year.
Marsh was a grayshirt recruit in 2011 who initially competed at safety. Nebraska Bo Pelini gave Marsh a shot at quarterback in spring 2012. He appeared in two games as the Huskers’ No. 3 quarterback behind Taylor Martinez and Ron Kellogg III. But redshirting freshman Tommy Armstrong worked ahead of Marsh in practice, and incoming recruit Johnny Stanton is expected to compete with Armstrong once Martinez graduates after the 2013 season. Fyfe also drew praise for his work on the scout team as a passer.