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A Forgotten Critical Piece – Andrew Bunch

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Perhaps the most overlooked, under discussed, forgotten Husker over the off-season was Andrew Bunch. Easy to understand. Tristan Gebbia and Adrian Martinez, both ahead of Bunch on the depth chart, were record setting high school quarterbacks from California, each boasting high four star Rivals rankings and having offers from…well everyone. Andrew Bunch is a walk on quarterback from Tennessee having transferred to Nebraska last year from Scottsdale Community College. Bunch has barely been mentioned in any publication or interview over the last year. He has been a forgotten commodity for Nebraska, at least to the media. Gebbia and Martinez have stolen the spot light over the last year in terms of who will be the Husker’s next quarterback in the Scott Frost era. And for good reason. But if you have ever watched film of Andrew Bunch or reviewed his resume you’d be more than comfortable knowing he will be a dependable option at quarterback this year.

Bunch has legitimate size at 6’2” 205 pounds. And he has as good of straight line speed as any quarterback on the roster – legitimate 4.51. It truly is puzzling why his scholarship offer list out of high school was what it was – a handful of small school options. No power five schools came calling. But all you have to do is watch the film on YouTube to be convinced that Bunch has all the tools to excel in Frost’s up tempo, run-oriented, spread style offense.

Bunch is an excellent second string quarterback for the Huskers this year and here is why. He looks the part. He has the ideal height, weight and speed to both run Scott Frost’s offense and survive, physically, in the Big Ten as a running quarterback. He isn’t bulky or lengthy. He simply has good muscle mass and is built well. He’s sneaky athletic. The film shows a fluid, natural, athletic runner, capable of making quick cuts, making defenders miss, and out running would be tacklers. His speed, vision and elusiveness are clearly evident. He accelerates very, very well from a stopped position. He moves and jukes like a quick third down scatback. He just might be more elusive than the quarterbacks above him on the depth chart.

I think Bunch’s best quality as a quarterback under Frost is his feet. However, he is a good passer with above average arm strength and accuracy. He is a very polished deep ball passer. Although he will need to improve his ability to quickly assess defensive schemes and coverages and go through his progressions, Bunch can throw the ball well and it looks natural and has good zip. For Bunch it comes down to decision making, reading and understanding schemes, and making the right calls. But to think Bunch does not possess the physical and athletic qualities you are looking for in a Scott Frost offense would be a mistake. Andrew Bunch has been a forgotten and under discussed Nebraska asset for too long. That is about to change. And he will be a huge asset this year for the Huskers.

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