|Hometown:||San Juan Capistrano, Calif.|
|High School:||San Juan Hills|
Honors & Awards
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
Redshirt freshman Patrick O'Brien heads into 2017 with hopes of earning the starting quarterback job that is open following the graduation of four-year starter Tommy Armstrong Jr. O'Brien was a highly recruited prospected from California, and was regarded as one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the 2016 recruiting class.
The 6-4, 230-pound O'Brien possesses good size and outstanding arm strength. He joined the Huskers in January of 2016 after graduating early from high school. He sat out the season as a redshirt, but made several road trips.
O'Brien was a regular member of the Huskers' travel roster, but redshirted in his first year in the program.
Before Nebraska (San Juan Hills HS)
O’Brien led San Juan Hills High School to an 8-3 record and a berth in the 2015 CIF Southern Section playoffs. O’Brien threw for 2,895 yards and 32 touchdowns for Coach Aaron Flowers’ team, while also completing an impressive 74.3 percent of his attempts. O’Brien also showed outstanding ability as a runner, picking up 626 yards on 110 carries, with eight rushing touchdowns.
O’Brien threw for better than 300 yards four times as a senior and had a pair of games with five touchdown passes. He topped 70 rushing yards four times, with a single-game high of 118 rushing yards. O’Brien engineered a Stallion offense that posted 50 or more points five times in the 2015 season. O’Brien was rewarded for his outstanding senior season, being chosen as a first-team All-South Coast league quarterback. He was also named to the second-team all-state team in California by USA Today.
A finalist at the Elite 11 quarterback competition in the summer of 2015, O’Brien also competed in Nike’s The Opening football showcase. O’Brien had a strong junior season at San Juan Hills. In his first year as a starter, O’Brien completed nearly 66 percent of his passes for 2,093 yards and 12 touchdowns, while throwing for at least 200 yards six times. He also ran for 640 yards and 13 touchdowns.
O’Brien was ranked among the nation’s top 10 quarterbacks by both 247Sports and Rivals.com. He is also listed among the top 300 overall prospects in the country by 247Sports, Rivals.com and Scout.com, while ranking among the top 35 overall players in California.
O’Brien committed to Nebraska in the summer of 2015 and did not take any other visits. He had numerous offers including Colorado, Colorado State, Texas Tech and UNLV.
O'Brien was born on July 18, 1997, and he is the son of Paul and Anna O’Brien. Patrick is majoring in business administration. He volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes and the Be the Match Avery Strong Bone Marrow Drive. He was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2017.