July 10, 2006

Fall camp preview: Leading the way

No player will be asked to do more this season for the Nebraska football team than senior quarterback Zac Taylor.

The 6-foot-2, 210 pound Taylor will enter his second season as the Husker starter after throwing for a school record 2,653 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior.

The thing you have to like about Taylor heading into 2006 is the knowledge he now has of this offense and the way he finished the 2005 season by leading Nebraska to three straight victories.

"Zac's ability to manage the game and manage the offense and the system, it gives us a great deal of confidence," head coach Bill Callahan said during spring ball. "To have a guy like Zac Taylor come back and lead this offense, we're very, very excited about what he's capable of doing. Now we just have to improve everybody else around him."

Taylor's make-up is exactly what head coach Callahan needed to jump start this offense. If you were to compare Taylor, he's almost a version of former Texas QB Major Applewhite and former Oklahoma signal caller Josh Heupel.

Both Applewhite and Heupel didn't necessarily have great physical tools, but they had the intangibles to lead their teams to a Big 12 Championship and in Heupel's case, a national championship.

The intangibles I'm referring to is management and leadership. All of these quarterbacks had the ability to rally their teammates and raise their play to another level.

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