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» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2019)
2019 Season Outlook
Freshman quarterback Luke McCaffrey joined the Husker program in January after graduating from high school at mid-year. The 6-2, 200-pound McCaffrey showcased his dual-threat skills during spring ball, making plays as both a runner and passer.
McCaffrey will be a candidate for playing time at quarterback this fall behind returning freshman All-American Adrian Martinez, but he could also consider a redshirt season. McCaffrey came to Nebraska after leading Colorado’s Valor Christian High School to a state title in 2018. He had a successful first semester in the classroom, posting a 3.780 grade-point average to earn a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
Luke comes from a long line of successful athletes in his family. His father, Ed, played in the NFL for more than a decade, and his three older brothers have experienced high level success in college football.
Before Nebraska (Valor Christian HS)
McCaffrey led his team to a Colorado state championship in 2018. McCaffrey was an offensive standout at Valor Christian (Colo.) High School from 2016 to 2018 and produced big numbers through the air and on the ground as a senior.
McCaffrey was coached by his father, Ed, and guided Valor Christian to a perfect 14-0 record and a Class 5A state championship in 2018. McCaffrey threw for 2,202 yards as a senior, with 21 touchdowns and only four interceptions. On the ground he ran for 526 yards and eight touchdowns and averaged nearly 6.5 yards per carry. In the state title victory over Cherry Creek, McCaffrey passed for 169 yards, while picking up 72 yards on the ground.
As a junior, McCaffrey was a versatile offensive performer, while splitting time at quarterback with Colorado signee Blake Stenstrom. McCaffrey helped Valor Christian to an 11-1 record by rushing for 548 yards and passing for 878 yards with a 78 percent completion rate. He also had 147 receiving yards. McCaffrey was a first-team All-Colorado choice as a quarterback by the coaches association, and was a first-team all-state pick by the Denver Post as an athlete.
McCaffrey saw limited time as a quarterback as a sophomore in 2016, but provided Valor Christian with an explosive running and receiving option. He ran 23 times for 245 yards and two touchdowns, while catching 47 passes for 717 yards and nine touchdowns. As a defensive back, he made 42 tackles and had two interceptions, helping the team to an 11-3 record and a state title.
McCaffrey was ranked as the nation’s No. 142 overall prospect by ESPN.com, which listed him as the top prospect in Colorado and the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the country. He was also the top player in Colorado, the No. 11 athlete prospect in the nation and among the top 300 players in the nation in the 247Sports Composite rankings.
McCaffrey had offers from numerous schools including Colorado, Michigan, Ohio State, Washington and UCLA to name a few.
Luke is the son of Ed and Lisa McCaffrey and he was born on April 2, 2001. McCaffrey has not declared a major. Luke’s father, Ed, played 13 seasons in the National Football League and was part of three Super Bowl champion teams. His older brothers, Max (Duke/San Francisco 49ers) and Christian (Stanford/Carolina Panthers) have both played professionally, and older brother Dylan, is a member of the Michigan football team. His mother, Lisa, was a three-year starter in soccer at Stanford.