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Frost Talks O-Line and the Punters Ahead of Northwestern

September 30, 2021

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost said he liked the competition and pad level that the offensive line practiced with this week ahead of Saturday night’s home game with Northwestern.

The Husker o-line has struggled for the most part moving defensive lines and keeping them from getting to quarterback Adrian Martinez. Frost, who said there will be more open competitions this week, said he’ll have a lot of options come Saturday.

“I like the competition and really like the pad level the guys played with, they really paid attention to that and seeing them come off the ball with low pads seemed to make a pretty big difference,” Frost said.

One of the o-lineman that could potentially help is Broc Bando, who hasn’t been able to play due to illness the past few weeks. Frost said he’s getting close to returning to full strength after battling two or three different illnesses all stacked on top of another.

“It’s a shame because he was probably going to play the week he got sick,” Frost said of Bando.

Along with the o-line, special teams have been a talking point following the errant punt that led to a game-tying 62-yard touchdown return late in the fourth quarter at MSU. Frost said that both Will Przystup and Daniel Cerni have been punting well at practice this week, but he wants to see them do it in games, too.

“We need it when the game is happening,” Frost said. “They’re going to be under more of a microscope now because of what’s happened. When you get put in those situations, some guys rise to the occasion and others don’t do well and falter. I just want to see somebody punt the ball that, when the chips are down, they’ll do what they’re supposed to do.”

More news and notes:

>> Frost said the running back rotation has been a bit of a musical chairs act every week based on who plays well at practice and is available. “Hopefully we can get some continuity and consistency there but we have a lot of guys who are capable,” he said.

>> With the threat of rain during the game on Saturday, Frost said the quarterbacks have been the ones working with intentionally wet balls at practice. “Most of it is making sure your quarterback is capable of handling a wet ball and throwing a wet ball. Both our guys have big hands and I haven’t really noticed any problem with a little bit of moisture on the ball. We’ll get them ready but I don’t think it’ll be an issue.”

>> Following Adrian Martinez’s big hit he took in the first quarter at East Lansing, Frost shot down any rumors there may have been that Martinez is injured and won’t play. “I’ve heard some of the rumors, and if anyone knows about rumors around here, it’s probably me. Ridiculous rumors,” Frost said. “He (Martinez) probably has lupus and leprosy and smallpox and all these other things. But he’s fine, he’ll play.”

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