The Top Husker QBs of All-Time

The Top Husker QBs of All-Time

Big Red Report looks at the top players by position in Nebraska football history. This week we list the top Husker quarterbacks of all-time.

#1 Tommie Frazier


Tommie Frazier
(Getty Images)

(1992-95)
6-foot-2 / 205 pounds
Bradenton, FL

The first four-year starter at quarterback in NU history, Frazier helped transform the Nebraska football program into a national powerhouse in the 1990s. Displaying a physical and mental toughness, Frazier led the Huskers to three-straight National Championship game appearances, winning two in 1994 and ‘95. Frazier was a Consensus First-Team All-American as a senior and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting.



#2 Turner Gill


Turner Gill
(NU Media Relations)

(1981-1983)
6-foot / 190 pounds
Fort Worth, TX

Gill was the model Nebraska quarterback future Husker signal callers looked to become. Possessing a perfect combination of running and throwing ability, Gill guided the Huskers to a 28-2 mark, including a perfect 20-0 record in the Big Eight conference. Even more importantly to Big Red fans, Gill was undefeated against Oklahoma. Both his 1982 and 83 squads finished 12-1, but some considered were the best teams in those two years. Gill finished fourth in the 1983 Heisman Trophy voting.



#3 Eric Crouch


Eric Crouch
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(1998-2001)
6-foot-1 / 200 pounds
Omaha, NE

Crouch is Nebraska's only quarterback to ever win the Heisman Trophy. The option wizard ended his NU career holding 32 school records and was only one of three quarterbacks in NCAA history to rush for 3,000 yards and pass for 4,000 in a career. Considered the fastest QB in school history, Crouch was probably the best running threat ever to wear a Husker jersey. In addition of winning the Heisman Trophy in 2001, he also added the Davey O'Brien, Walter Camp, and Big 12 Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year award.



#4 Jerry Tagge


Jerry Tagge
(NU Media Relations)

(1969-1971)
6-foot-2 / 215 pounds
Green Bay, WI

Tagge rivals Frazier as the only other Husker quarterback to have won two National Championships. That accomplishment alone elevates him into the top 5. But he also won his share of individual honors, being named First-Team All-American and All-Big Eight in 1971. Tagge is ranked fourth on the Nebraska career passing chart with 4,704 yards, and is still in the top 10 of the all-time season passers in NU history.



#5 Steve Taylor


Steve Taylor
(NU Media Relations)

(1985-1988)
6-foot / 205 pounds
Fresno, CA

Taylor was the second coming of Turner Gill. He had the same physical qualities as Gill with his ability to run and throw effectively. A great athlete, Taylor was 31-6 as a starter from 1986 through the 1988 seasons. In his junior year, he was a First-Team All-American, guiding the Huskers to a No. 1 ranking before losing to Oklahoma and with it a chance to go to the Orange Bowl and play for the National Championship. While he did not earn All-American honors his senior year, he did improve in every statistical category.



#6 Scott Frost


Scott Frost
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(1996-1997)
6-foot-3 / 220 pounds
Wood River, NE

A transfer from Stanford, Frost never made First-Team All-Conference or the All-American teams, but he guided Nebraska to its fifth National Championship in school history in 1997. One of the more physical and durable quarterbacks, Frost was the first one in NU history to rush and pass for more than 1,000 yards in a season. In 1997, he was a finalist for the Jonny Unitas award and a semi-finalist for the Davey O'Brien, capturing Second-Teal All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press.



#7 Dave Humm


Dave Humm
(NU Media Relations)

(1972-1974)
6-foot-2 / 186 pounds
Las Vegas, NV

Humm had the tough task of taking over for Jerry Tagge as the Nebraska starting quarterback and trying to lead the Huskers to an unprecedented third-straight national title in 1972. Even though he didn't win a National Championship, Humm helped Johnny Rodgers win the Heisman Trophy and set one national record, four Big Eight records and 12 Nebraska records. One of the best passers in NU history, Humm was a First-Team All-American and All-Big Eight performer as a senior. Over his three years as a starter, Humm went 27-7-2.



#8 Dennis Claridge


Dennis Claridge
(Nebraska/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)

(1961-1963)
6-foot-3 / 210 pounds
Robbinsdale, MN

Claridge was a physical, athletic-type of quarterback who helped new coach Bob Devaney lay the foundation of Nebraska football. A First-Team All-Big Eight selection in 1962 and '63, Claridge guided NU to their first-ever bowl game victory in '62 and followed that up with another one the next year. In his final season, Claridge helped the Huskers to its first-ever Big Eight title and Orange Bowl win along with the highest ranking in school history, finishing 5th (AP) and 6th (UPI) nationally.



#9 Vince Ferragamo


Vince Ferragamo
(NU Media Relations)

(1975-1976)
6-foot-3 / 208 pounds
Carson, CA

Like Frost, Ferragamo transferred from a PAC-10 school, starting at Nebraska in his only two years of eligibility. Known for more of a passer like his predecessor was (Dave Humm) than a runner, Ferragamo threw for a season record 22 touchdown passes in 1976, which held-up until 2006. In his final season, Ferragamo was a First-Team All-American and the Huskers were tabbed as the preseason No. 1 team. Like Taylor, he was one win away from playing for a National Championship as a junior, but Oklahoma derailed that chance at the end of the season.



#10 Gerry Gdowski


Gerry Gdowski
(NU Media Relations)

(1987-1989)
6-foot / 190 pounds
Fremont, NE

Gdowski only started one season for the Huskers, but it was one of the best. He broke or tied 11 school records in 1989 and was the Big Eight Co-Offensive Player-of-the-year. Gdowski was the offensive spark for a Husker team that was one win away from playing in the Orange Bowl for the National Championship. He threw for over 1,300 yards, rushing for 925. He still holds the NU touchdown percentage record with 19 TDs on 136 passing attempts and NCAA Rating with 71 completions and only 2 interceptions.


Next Week: The top Husker running backs of all-time.

*** Josh Harvey contributed to this report ***

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