Many times in sports, players don't know when they'll be called upon to perform. Such is the life of a backup quarterback — a role that Brook Berringer performed until starter Tommie Frazier had to miss time during the 1994 season because of blood clots.
After sitting No. 2 on the depth chart for the season's first three games, Berringer made his first career start against Wyoming. He went 7-0 as the Huskers' starter, though he also missed time due to a partially collapsed lung — even ceding the starting role to walk-on Matt Turman against Kansas State.
Frazier returned to start the 1995 Orange Bowl against Miami, though Berringer also saw significant playing time and threw for 81 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown, as the Huskers prevailed 24-17 for their third national title. The championship was NU's first since 1971 and the first for coach Tom Osborne.
Berringer returned to a backup role behind Frazier in the 1995 season, when both players were seniors and the Huskers again won a national title.
Widely expected to be selected in the 1996 NFL draft, Berringer never got that chance. On April 18, two days prior to the event, Berringer died in a plane crash in Raymond, Nebraska.
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