Redshirt freshman quarterback Zack Darlington was one of several young players to show great promise during spring practice. The 6-2, 205-pound Darlington showed the ability to grasp Coach Riley’s offense during the 15-practice session and will look to compete for playing time this fall.
Darlington will enter fall camp as a contender to earn the backup quarterback job behind Tommy Armstrong Jr., who is expected to lead the Nebraska offense for the third consecutive season.
Darlington joined the Nebraska program in January, then redshirted and worked on the scout team offense in the fall.
Before Nebraska (Apopka HS)
A preseason All-Florida selection in 2013, Darlington’s senior season at Apopka High was cut short after just one game because of injury.
Darlington was a two-year starting quarterback for one of the dominant prep programs in Florida. Playing for his father, Rick, the younger Darlington used his strong arm and great speed to lead Apopka to a 13-2 record in 2012, and the Class 8A state title. Darlington passed for 1,725 yards and 19 touchdowns, while also rushing for 708 yards and 10 touchdowns. In the state title game against Weston Cypress Bay, Darlington passed for 254 yards while rushing for 130 yards and three touchdowns. Darlington was named a Class 8A second-team all-state selection. As a sophomore, Darlington led Apopka to a 6-5 record.
Darlington was ranked among the top 15 dual-threat quarterbacks by 24/7 Sports. Darlington also had offers from Arizona, Boston College, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia among others, but only visited Nebraska.
The son of Rick and Shelly Darlington, Zack was born on March 27, 1995. He is majoring in communication studies. He volunteered his time with Husker Hotline and at the F-Street Rec Center. Zack’s older brother, Ty, is a senior center at Oklahoma, and started all 13 games for the Sooners in 2014.