Quarterback Zack Darlington redshirted during his first year at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Apopka HS)
Darlington was one of three players from Florida in the Nebraska signing class after an outstanding career at Apopka High School. 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 compiled huge numbers in his first two seasons as the starting quarterback, leading 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 (largest) state title in Florida. Darlington passed for 1,725 yards and 19 touchdowns, while also rushing for 708 yards and 10 touchdowns. In the state title game victory over Weston Cypress Bay, Darlington passed for 254 yards while rushing for 130 yards and three touchdowns. For his effort as a junior, 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 247 Sports, and the site also listed him among the top 50 players in Florida. Darlington also had offers from Arizona, Boston College, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia among others. Darlington committed to Nebraska in June of 2013 and did not take any other official visits.
Darlington was born on March 27, 1995, and is the son of Rick and Shelly Darlington. Darlington has not yet delcared a major. He volunteered his time with Husker Hotline and at the F-Street Rec Center. Zack’s older brother, Ty, is an offensive lineman at Oklahoma and has seen playing time in his first two seasons in Norman.