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Nebraska Football Practice at Hawks Championship Center, 8.7.14

Nebraska quarterbacks Johnny Stanton (left) and Ryker Fyfe walk off the field following stretching during practice for the University of Nebraska football team on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Hawks Championship Center.

This quietly has been a key month for Johnny Stanton.

Nebraska quarterbacks soon – starting in January -- will be learning a new offense under Mike Riley. But in recent weeks, Husker coaches increased Stanton’s workload.

It could help his development.

“At the end of the regular season, we started giving him more reps with the twos,” Nebraska interim head coach Barney Cotton said Friday.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Stanton, a redshirt freshman scholarship QB, has been sharing time with sophomore walk-on Ryker Fyfe behind starter Tommy Armstrong, also a sophomore scholarship player.

“As a guy starts to get more reps, you start to see improvement, and he starts to get more comfortable,” Cotton said.

Stanton is intriguing in the upcoming quarterback competition in part because Riley recruited him when Stanton was at Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic High School.

Nebraska’s focus obviously is Saturday’s bowl game. But once January hits, coaches are permitted two hours a week to watch film with players.

It’ll be a key time for all the Husker quarterbacks. But many folks seem especially interested in Stanton.

“He’s a good young man, a quality young man,” Cotton said. “He’s invested. He’s all-in. I think he’ll be a great competitor at Nebraska when they get that quarterback competition going.”

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