Nebraska LB Luke Gifford Highlights October Issue of Hail Varsity
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Nebraska LB Luke Gifford Highlights October Issue of Hail Varsity

October 15, 2018

The October 2018 issue of Hail Varsity went to print this morning and will be arriving on newsstands and in mailboxes shortly. As a preview of the issue, here is the Letter from the Editor by Mike Babcock from Volume 7 Issue 8.

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Set aside the losses. Scott Frost has seen a change, starting after the Purdue game, he said at his weekly news conference on the Monday before the Northwestern game. “The whole attitude of everybody around here, I feel like we finally turned the corner,” he said.

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Luke Gifford was among those, along with Stanley Morgan Jr. and Mohamed Barry, who already had adopted the attitude to which Frost referred, guys “that are tough and love football,” Frost has said. “Luke Gifford goes out and battles. We have a bunch of those guys.

“If you love football, you’re going to come to work and do the best you can because you love the game and you want to be great at it.”

Gifford is definitely such a guy, who also has earned the respect of his teammates, as reflected by his being a co-captain, a role he filled at Lincoln Southeast High School as well, and something that has become a family affair. Jacob Padilla writes about that in detail in this issue.

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Derek Peterson writes about Frost’s connection to Oregon, where he was an assistant to Chip Kelly for four years. Kelly’s influence on Frost’s approach is unmistakable, as you’ll see.

A reflection of Frost’s connection to Kelly was a question near the end of that news conference on the Monday before the Northwestern game: Had he talked with Kelly, who’s in his first season at UCLA? Like the Huskers, Kelly’s Bruins were 0-5 at that point. They defeated Cal in their sixth game.

“Chip is kind of like JD (Spielman),” Frost said. “I don’t talk to him much.”

Spielman, another of those who had already adopted the attitude for which Frost was looking, has been reluctant to speak with reporters. 

But then, “JD doesn’t talk to us a whole lot either,” Frost had said.

Padilla’s basketball notebook provides insight into Coach Tim Miles’ approach to this season, one with high expectations, expectations that are such that Miles took four players instead of the more-typical two to Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago.

Miles’ team will be playing at a soldout Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Despite a loss at Penn State, the Husker volleyball team remains in the hunt for Big Ten and national honors. Check out what Coach John Cook says in Hot Reads about Frost.

Also in Hot Reads, Brandon Vogel writes about roster turnover as Frost works to turn around the program. By the way, Noah Vedral, who transferred from UCF, was cleared and made immediately eligible this season. So he was included on the travel roster to Northwestern.

It was a frustrating day in Evanston, perhaps the most frustrating yet.

But “just wait and see,” Frost said on his post-game radio show, “we’ll get there.”

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