Nebraska Football: Why Ron Kellogg III Needs to Start the Bowl Game

Erin SorensenContributor IDecember 2, 2013

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Ron Kellogg III #12 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers looks down field during their game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial stadium on November 29, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Ron Kellogg III has been on quite the roller coaster this season.

Had you told him prior to the season that he could be starting, he wouldn't have believed you. “I would have told you that you were a liar,” Kellogg told Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal Star.

From a last-second Hail Mary pass to beat Northwestern to a calm and collected presence in an overtime win at Penn State, Kellogg has been exactly what the Huskers needed.

However, many have already brushed him off after Nebraska's loss to Iowa.

Regardless, Nebraska needs Kellogg to start in its upcoming bowl game.

The Huskers don't know where they're going to yet. The destination means little to who should start at quarterback, though. That honor should once again be given to Kellogg.

Against Iowa, Kellogg had his struggles. Two interceptions didn't leave fans with the best impression. Despite the turnovers, Kellogg still played with composure. In fact, he completed 19 of 37 passes for 199 yards. He finished with a 51.4 completion percentage.

Prior to the Iowa game, Kellogg boasted a 72.7 completion percentage versus Michigan State and a rate of 58.8 percent against Penn State.

Tommy Armstrong, the other option at starting quarterback, completed 51.7 percent of his passes against Northwestern, 57.9 percent against Michigan and 42.9 percent against Michigan State.

While Kellogg struggled with interceptions versus the Hawkeyes, Armstrong faced the same issue against the Wildcats and Spartans.

While the two appear similar on paper, Kellogg should get the start in the bowl game.

Armstrong is a young player that is still learning. While Kellogg is also learning, he has maturity on his side.

As a senior, Kellogg has spent enough time with the team to lead the group. He has shown he can lead it too. The Iowa game was not a pretty matchup for the Huskers. However, Kellogg managed to stay in the game regardless.

After two picks, it would have been easy to give up. It would have also been easy to give up after taking a huge hit from the Iowa linebackers.

Kellogg did not.

In fact, Kellogg even showcased his ability to scramble if absolutely necessary. He wasn't quick like former quarterback Taylor Martinez, but it got the job done.

That's why the senior deserves the start in Nebraska's bowl game. That isn't to say that Armstrong can't help out, but Kellogg should carry most of the workload.

The offseason will be an opportunity to grow for Armstrong. Allowing him to take a smaller role in the bowl game will prevent any more possible turnover meltdowns from the redshirt freshman.

Nebraska has Kellogg on the squad for a reason. If he can't step in to support Armstrong and the team, then what's the point?

Kellogg deserves to start in the bowl game.

The Iowa matchup may have provided some uncomfortable moments. It may have also provided a loss. However, it ultimately highlighted one of the Huskers' best leaders.

That leader should get one final chance to start.