Luke McCaffrey is a ‘ball of energy.’ Now, can he put a charge into the Huskers’ offense?

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Nebraska’s Luke McCaffrey rushes with the ball during the game against Northwestern on Nov. 7 in Evanston, Illinois.

JOHN KONSTANTARAS, POOL VIA NORTHWESTERN ATHLETICS

Parker Gabriel


The scene Saturday in a mostly empty Memorial Stadium was one that’s becoming more and more familiar to Nebraska fans.As the halftime clock ticked toward the second half and players and coaches from both teams filtered back onto the field, Luke McCaffrey emerged from the northwest tunnel on, if not a dead sprint, then pretty close. Moments later, playing catch with teammates on the west sideline, he was jumping and spinning between tosses.Thirty game minutes into his first collegiate start at quarterback, McCaffrey and the Huskers led Penn State 27-6. Thirty minutes later, they had hung on for a 30-23 victory.



In between, McCaffrey never seemed to stop moving. He took all 60 offensive snaps for Nebraska. He hopped up on a bench on the home sideline and grabbed Zavier Betts’ shoulder pads and yelled in celebration after the freshman wide receiver scored on a 45-yard fly sweep. He would pause momentarily after each drive to talk on the phone with quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco from the coaches box, but …

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