With a road trip to Minnesota coming up, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost said the energy level of his team has been good when he met with the media Thursday at Memorial Stadium. The team has come to work the same way every week.
“They know they basically have three days left, then they get a break. So everything we have will be poured into this one,” Frost said.
Minnesota’s offense ranks second in the Big Ten in average rushing attempts per game with 45.6, right behind Wisconsin. The Gophers, who are averaging 4.21 yards per carry, eighth in the conference, don’t have a diverse attack, but are good at what they do.
“They have some really big guys up front and they’ve had some great backs and answers off the run,” Frost said. “So our defense has to be ready to do the best they can against the run and make sure not to get hit with anything tricky or new.”
Minnesota’s defense will try to make life difficult for Frost’s offense. The Gophers are only allowing 77 rushing yards per game this season. It’s a sound defense that knows what it wants to do against the Huskers, Frost said.
“Last couple years, they’ve really packed the box and made it really tough on us to run it,” he said. “So we have to do a good job coming off the ball and creating things and trying to get things on their secondary.”
With the loss of Teddy Prochazka for the season due to injury, Bryce Benhart will be making his return to the starting lineup at right tackle.
More news and notes:
>> Frost said his team has the best leadership it’s had since he’s been in Lincoln. That helps when you come up short in multiple one-score losses in a season. “Damion (Daniels) is doing a great job, Austin (Allen) is doing a great job, Adrian (Martinez) is doing a great job, Deontre (Thomas), all the guys who you’d expect are doing a great job and keeping everybody in line,” Frost said.
>> Corner Cam Taylor-Britt racked up 11 tackles and three pass breakups against Michigan. It was one of his best games as a Husker. “Football comes to you, you don’t go make things happen. Doesn’t work that way,” Frost said. “You have to be where you’re supposed to be, doing what you’re supposed to do. And if you’re a good player, the plays happen. I thought he did a better job of that last week.”
>> Quinton Newsome is another Husker corner who has played well this season. So well, in fact, that he was awarded a coveted Blackshirt after beginning the season without one. Newsome is fifth on the defense in tackles with 35 and has shown exactly what the coaching staff hoped it would see from him—physicality in run support. “Q’s been playing well,” Frost said of Newsome. “He is doing what he’s supposed to do. People challenged him a lot early on, and he’s been playing tough and coming up and hitting. He wasn’t given a Blackshirt, he earned it.”
>> Saturday’s game at Minnesota will mark the fourth road game of Nebraska’s season, and it’s only mid-October. The Huskers are winless in all those contests away from Lincoln. “We’ve had a lot of away games, haven’t been here (home) much and look to being here more with the fans that we have and the environment now,” Frost said. “The guys are used to being on the road and we’ve played some good teams on the road. This is another one and another big challenge.”