A number of quarterback decisions have come down over the past few days, and Nebraska was among the schools to cast its lost with a true freshman. Scott Frost selected Fresno, Calif., native Adrian Martinez to lead the Huskers against Akron on Saturday — and, presumably, for the rest of his Big Red career.
“When I was evaluating quarterbacks a year ago around the country, he was my favorite one,” Frost said of Martinez in December. “His ability to run and throw, and his maturity as a kid are going to serve him really well. And for the offense that we run, I didn’t think there was a better fit in the country.”
But as Isaac Newton taught us, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Frost’s decision to elevate his youngest quarterback has pushed an older one off the roster.
According to Huskers Illustrated, redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia has informed Frost of his decision to transfer. Though he was listed as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart Nebraska distributed Monday, Huskers Illustrated reports Gebbia’s mind is so made up that he’s already informed Frost of his decision and asked for his release. Frost wasn’t ready to concede Gebbia’s departure.
“I think that’s to be determined,” Frost said Monday. “He took the news initially well, but we have to see how it plays out. Certainly every single guy on our team we’re going to care about and want what’s best for them. We want guys that want to be here. Hopefully everything lands in a good position, but I think that’s too be determined.”
A native of Calabasas, Calif., Gebbia, coached by Casey Clausen at Calabasas High School, signed with Nebraska in 2017 and redshirted his first — and perhaps only — year on campus.
If Gebbia does indeed leave, Nebraska would be down to just three total quarterbacks behind Martinez, the oldest of the bunch being sophomore Andrew Bunch, a transfer from Scottsdale Community College, and sophomore Noah Vedral, who followed Frost and his staff from Central Florida.