One week down. The Huskers have completed seven practices in fall camp, and for the most part, things are going as planned for Scott Frost.
“I see so much improvement from spring until now,” Nebraska’s head football coach said. “It’s amazing how far the guys have come. We still have a lot to improve on and a lot to get better at, but overall, I think camp has been really, really good and the players are giving us a lot of effort.”
There won’t be word on who the starting quarterback will be for about two weeks yet, and Frost will be looking for improvement out of that entire unit until then.
“(The quarterbacks) didn’t quite pick up where left off from spring,” Frost said. “I think the last few days, I’ve seen a big improvement, but everything just has to operate faster for them, and that’ll come when they’re familiar enough with the offense that it clicks in their mind faster.”
When asked about true freshman Adrian Martinez in particular, Frost said much the same.
“Adrian is great at times, and other times he looks like it’s moving a little too fast for him,” Frost said. “He’s got to pick up his pace both physically and mentally. At times, it’s tremendous. At other times, when he’s not quite sure, he’s a little tentative.”
Elsewhere on offense, the running back battle made a lot of news this week, particularly with sophomore Tre Bryant and true freshman Maurice Washington putting themselves squarely in the mix for playing time. Senior Devine Ozigbo is also progressing positively.
“Tre has done a great job,” Frost said. “Obviously (junior) Greg Bell had a good spring, and is doing a good job. Maurice has come in and shown some things. I think Devine is looking quicker and faster than I’ve ever seen him.”
- Frost hadn’t gotten to see senior linebacker Luke Gifford in action until this past week. By all accounts, Gifford made a strong first impression.
“I’d say he’s exceeded my expectations. He was still getting his sea legs under him a little bit at the beginning of camp, but he’s athletic, he’s big, he has pass rush skill, he plays hard. He’s what you’re looking for.”
- Frost stressed the importance of keeping his players active during the warm-up and stretch period of practice, saying that some players are even tired after warm-ups.
“Scientifically, the best way to get your body ready is active preparation,” he said. “It’s kind of a right of passage, too. To be able to not only go through stretch, but to really dominate stretch. It’s a mentality for us.”
- Frost named Gifford, senior receiver Stanley Morgan, junior linebackers Mohamed Barry and Will Honas, senior linebacker Dedrick Young as players who are embodying the type of toughness and physicality the coaching staff wants to see.
- There’s still no update on freshman receiver Dominick Watt’s arrival. Frost remains optimistic, but can’t estimate exactly when he’ll arrive.
- Frost also updated the situation regarding sophomore linebacker Quayshon Alexander and senior linebacker Sedrick King. Alexander is out for the season with an undisclosed injury, while King is currently dealing with personal issues in his home state of Florida. Frost expects King to return to Lincoln soon, and make a decision on whether or not he wants to be a member of the team in 2018.
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