Catching Up with Johnny Stanton, Nebraska's QB of the Future

Erin Sorensen@erinsorensenContributor IDecember 19, 2013

Nebraska fans have a lot to look forward to in 2014.

One of those things is redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Stanton.

A native of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Stanton is poised to give the current starter Tommy Armstrong a run for his money.

It will be the first time since 2010 that Nebraska will have a true contest at the quarterback position.

While Armstrong will have experience under his belt, he can't call the job his just yet. Stanton will likely make a strong case to surpass him.

When Nebraska recruited Stanton, he was one of the top quarterback recruits in his class. He competed well in the Elite 11 competition against Penn State's Christian Hackenberg, Florida State's Jameis Winston and plenty others.

It doesn't hurt that Stanton is a true dual-threat quarterback, either.

Some expected Stanton to win the Scout Team Offensive MVP award at Nebraska's recent football banquet. Instead, the honor went to I-back Adam Taylor, as reported by the Lincoln Journal Star.

However, that should not discourage fans from what Stanton is capable of.

He was compared to Tim Tebow, after all.

In his junior year of high school, Stanton threw for an impressive 2,439 yards and 13 TDs.

His senior year was plagued by a torn ACL, as reported by, but Stanton has made a full recovery.

In an interview with the Omaha World Herald from Feb. 6, 2013, Stanton discussed the status of his knee:

My knee is doing really well. I’m now 4 months out of surgery and a regular ACL rehab takes 6 months to get to 100%. I’m working hard in physical therapy and as long as I do that for the next couple months I'll be at full speed well before June.

True to his statement, Stanton recovered on schedule. With it, plenty of fans have become increasingly excited about his future at Nebraska.

It's hard to predict what will happen between Stanton and Armstrong.

Spring ball will answer a lot of those questions, though.

Armstrong may have gained valuable experience when veteran quarterback Taylor Martinez was injured, but it may not have been enough.

As of now, both Stanton and Armstrong are likely on the same playing field.

Until spring ball rolls around, fans can stay updated with Stanton on Twitter. The young quarterback is very active with his social media account.

He may not be able to answer who will start in 2014, but fans will likely enjoy his banter.

Stanton brings a lot to the table for the Huskers. Whether or not that talent translates on the field has yet to be seen.

It seems unlikely that Stanton won't do well for Nebraska. If anything, the competition with Armstrong will only push him to become the best he can be.

Fans will likely take sides as time progresses. Regardless of what happens, it will be fun to watch.