Top-10 Nebraska Quarterbacks (1962-present)

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Big Sky Husker:
Quote from: "Omaha_Phil"

Quote from: "scarymonster"

6. Steve Taylor (1985-1988).   Nebraska’s fastest quarterback ever, with an electronically timed 4.54 in the 40-yard dash.  All Conference selection in 1987 and 1988 and an All-American selection in 1987.

Not that it matters much but I think Crouch had 4.47 time in the 40. But good top ten.


Beat me to it.  I'm not sure Taylor makes my top 10.  The crazy way he held that ball out still scares me (and I refer to it as the Steve Taylor, whenever I see someone doing it).


Taylor started in 86, 87, and 88.  His record as a starter was 31 - 6.  With him at the helm... we played in the Sugar Bowl 87, Fiesta Bowl 88, and Orange Bowl 89.

Big Sky Husker:
Quote from: "Wingback Reverse"

As a long-time Nebraska fan (longer than I want to admit), I thought it might be fun (and probably a lot more positive than a lot of other Husker discussions going on right now) if we discussed who the top-10 Nebraska quarterbacks, Bob Devaney and forward, are.

My list, with accompanying information, is listed below.  Obviously, any discussion of this nature is very subjective, but here was the criteria I used:

1.  Gut feeling.  Having been a fan of Nebraska football since the late 1950s, I have had the privilege of seeing all of these guys, either in person, on television, or in the good old days, watching those "around the country" Sunday morning highlights (how many remember those?).  Obviously, that gives you a gut feeling of who were the better quarterbacks.

2.  Big games.  With the quarterback being seen as the offensive leader, how did he perform in big games.  Did he lead his team to conference championships, wins over other major programs, wins over big rivals, etc.

3.  Statistics.  This was my final criteria, al beit, of much less importance (in my estimation) than the previous two criteria.

Here's my list:

1. Tommie Frazier (1992-1995).  33-3 (91.7%) as a four year starter. 49% passer (250 of 509) (with 4,003 career passing yards, 47 touchdown passes and only 18 interceptions.  Also rushed for 2,263 yards and 36 touchdowns.  Led Nebraska to two national championships (1994, 1995), four conference titles, and four consecutive New Year’s Day bowl games.  Named Most Valuable Player in three consecutive bowl games that decided the national championship (1993, 1994, and 1995).  Three-time All Conference selection.  Runner-up in 1995 Heisman Trophy balloting.  1995 first-team consensus All-American selection and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award winner.  Member of Sports Illustrated’s All-Century (1900-1999) team.

2. Turner Gill (1981-1983).  28-2 (93.3%) as a three-year starter (20-0 in conference).  54% passer (231 of 428) with 3,317 career passing yards, 34 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. Rushed for 1,593 yards and 18 touchdowns.  Led Nebraska to three conference championships and three consecutive New Year’s Day bowl games.  Three-time All Conference selection and former Orange Bowl MVP.  Named starting quarterback on All-Decade Big-8 Conference team (1980-1989).  Heisman Trophy finalist in 1983 (finished fourth).

3. Jerry Tagge (1969-1971).  22-1-1 (91.7%) as a three-year starter.  59.2% passer (377 of 637) with 5,071 career passing yards, 32 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions.  Led Nebraska to two national championships (1970, 1971), three conference titles, and three consecutive bowl game appearances.  Named Most Valuable Player in 1971 and 1972 Orange Bowls.  Holds Nebraska single-season passing percentage record of 63.03% (104 of 165 in 1970).  1971 first-team All American selection.  All Conference selection in 1971.  First-round draft choice of Green Bay Packers in 1972.

4. Eric Crouch (1998-2001). 37-7 (84.1%) as a 3 ½-year starter.  51.5% passer (312 of 606) with 4,481 career passing yards, 29 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. Led Nebraska to a conference championship in 1999 and four consecutive bowl appearances, including the 2002 National Championship game.  Rushed for 3,950 yards (Big-12 quarterback record) and 59 touchdowns (NCAA quarterback record).  Nebraska career record holder in total offense (7,915) and offensive touchdowns (88).  2001 Heisman Trophy Award winner, Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year award winner, and Davey O'Brien Award winner.  2001 first-team All-American selection.

5. Scott Frost (1996-1997).  24-2 (92.3%) as a two-year starter.  53.5% passer (192 of 359) with 2,677 career passing yards, 18 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.  Rushed for 1,533 yards and 28 touchdowns.  Led Nebraska to national championship in 1997, a conference title in 1997 and two consecutive New Year’s Day bowl appearances.  Holds Nebraska record for 155 consecutive passes without an interception.  Nebraska single-season record holder for lowest interception percentage at .015 (3 interceptions in 200 attempts, 1996).

6. Steve Taylor (1985-1988). 31-6 (83.7%) as a three-year starter.  45.5% passer (184 of 404) with 2,815 career passing yards and 30 touchdowns.  Also rushed for 2,125 yards (averaging 4.9 yards per carry) and 32 touchdowns.  4,940 yards in total offense.  Led Nebraska to a conference championship in 1988 and four consecutive New Year’s Day Bowl appearances (was named Most Valuable Player in 1987 Sugar Bowl).  Nebraska’s fastest quarterback ever, with an electronically timed 4.54 in the 40-yard dash.  All Conference selection in 1987 and 1988 and an All-American selection in 1987.

7. Dennis Claridge (1961-1963). 22-8-2 (68.8%) as a three-year starter.  41.9% passer (125 of 298) with 1,733 career passing yards (most in Nebraska history at the time) and 8 touchdowns.  Had 9 career rushing touchdowns.  Led Nebraska to a conference championship in 1963 and its first two bowl game victories (1962 Gotham Bowl, 1964 Orange Bowl). Also was team’s punter and played as a defensive back and linebacker.  Two-time All Conference selection (1962-1963).  Engineered Nebraska’s first win over a major program in the Bob Devaney era, against Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1962.  Holds Orange Bowl record for longest touchdown run by a quarterback (68 yards).  1963 Academic All-American.

8. Vince Ferragamo (1975-1976).    14-5-1 (70.0%) as a starter.  57.5% passer (237 of 412) with 3,435 career passing yards and 34 touchdowns, with only 14 interceptions.  Led Nebraska for a tie for the conference championship in 1975 and two consecutive bowl game appearances (winning the Astro Blue Bonnet Bowl over Texas Tech in 1976).  Holds Nebraska career record for Passer Rating at 147.7.  Held Nebraska record of 20 touchdown passes in a season for 30 years.  All Conference and All-American selection in 1976.

9. David Humm (1972-1974).  27-7-2 (75.0%) as a three-year starter.  55.1% passer (368 of 668) with 5,236 career passing yards and 42 touchdowns.  Led Nebraska to a tie for the conference championship in 1972 and three consecutive New Year’s Day bowl game victories (Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl, Texas in the Cotton Bowl, and Florida in the Sugar Bowl).  Led conference in passing as a senior (1974), with 1,435 yards, a 59.4% completion rate, and 12 touchdowns.  Holds Nebraska record with 15 straight completions (versus Kansas in 1974).  All Conference and All-American selection in 1974.

10. Zac Taylor (2005-2006). 17-9 (65.4%) as a two-year starter.  57.2% passer (470 of 821) with 5,850 career passing yards and 45 touchdowns with just 20 interceptions.  Although he never led Nebraska to a conference championship, he led the Huskers to two consecutive bowl appearances. Holds the Nebraska school record in career passing yards (5,850), single-season passing yards (3,197 in 2006), single-season total offense (3,165 in 2006), single season touchdown passes (26 in 2006).  Threw for 200 yards or more in 10 different games at Nebraska.  All Conference selection in 2006.  Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year in 2006.


Good list.  My list.

1.  Tommie Frazier
2.  Turner Gill
3.  Jerry Tagge
4.  Scott Frost
5.  Steve Taylor
6.  Eric Crouch
7.  Dave Humm
8.  Jeff Quinn
9.  Vince Ferragamo
10.  Dennis Claridge

DieHard:
Quote from: "lpbaby"

Taylor was a choker in big games- see 1987 Oklahoma. Nat. Champ QB's should not be left off this list see Berringer 1994.


perhaps our defense giving up over 400 yards rushing to OU had something to do with it ....

FSU, ASU, LSU, OU, UCLA to name a few teams Taylor beat ....

but if choking against OU makes him less than, you need to take a couple other of those guys off the list

Humm and Ferragamo .... what slugs, choked against OU !!!!!

SCVHusker:
Quote from: "Red Ghost"

Very nice list.

My only quibble is a small one - - I would put Tagge at #2 over Gill because of the two national titles.  Tagge was a great leader.


Ditto.

DieHard:
Quote from: "SCVHusker"

Quote from: "Red Ghost"

Very nice list.

My only quibble is a small one - - I would put Tagge at #2 over Gill because of the two national titles.  Tagge was a great leader.


Ditto.


tagge had perhaps the greatest husker defense of all time to play with ....

if TG had even had a top 10 husker defense in 83, this would all be a silly question ...

TG, hands down ... IMO ...

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