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Synek has ‘surreal’ experience repping Hastings in Husker spring game

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Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 10:52 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) - In two short years, Jarrett Synek went from quarterbacking the Hastings High football team to throwing touchdowns at Memorial Stadium as a redshirt freshman at Nebraska.

“It wasn’t that long ago, but it seems like it was a long time ago,” Hastings football coach Charlie Shoemaker said.

Synek’s path to the Huskers was a bit unconventional. He played on the “B” team in middle school and was a junior varsity player as a sophomore in high school.

“Starting for two years (in high school) and still getting this opportunity is surreal,” Synek said. “I think most of me and my high school teammates all kind of pictured being able to do that, but never thought it was possible.”

In his final two years with the Tigers, Synek exploded onto the prep scene. He threw for over 5,600 yards and 65 touchdowns, while rushing over 200 times for 900-plus yards.

“When he was a sophomore, he was probably talented enough to start,” Shoemaker said. “It was a surprise to everybody else, but we knew what we had when he was a sophomore, even a freshman, so it’s been real neat to see him develop over the years.”

At the Huskers’ Red and White spring scrimmage on April 9, Synek put his talent on full display. The redshirt freshman completed 3 of 5 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown on a 42-yard pass. He also rushed for 24 yards and a score on two attempts, with a long of 16 yards.

“It was a very surreal feeling because just playing in the spring game in front of all the fans, I mean the best fans in the country, it’s just an awesome feeling to finally be able to do that when that’s all I’ve dreamed of since I was a little kid,” Synek said. “It was crazy because I’ve dreamed of scoring touchdowns on that field. Hearing the screaming fans and all my teammates running up and giving me a hug and whatever, it was awesome.”

And with his family and friends from his hometown watching every play, it was even more meaningful.

“I just love being able to represent Hastings and especially at the level I am,” Synek said.

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