Two weeks after earning a Blackshirt, safety Deontai Williams is officially “out for the forseeable future.” During his Monday press conference, Coach Scott Frost confirmed Williams had shoulder surgery.
Williams was hurt in the first quarter against South Alabama and was seen favoring his left shoulder before leaving the game. Cam Taylor-Britt has stepped in for Williams and was even at the top of the depth chart at safety on Monday.
Frost also commented on kicker Barret Pickering, who was absent from the depth chart as well. In this case, Frost was clear that he’s “not trying to make any statements with this depth chart.” He even said the Huskers could have Pickering back by Northern Illinois, but that is to be determined.
Other news and notes from Frost’s time at the podium:
>> Speaking of injuries, wide receiver Kade Warner made the trip to Colorado after sitting out against South Alabama. What’s the likelihood of him playing soon?
“We expect Kade Warner back pretty quickly,” Frost said.
>> Having now watched the film since he last met with the media, Frost said “a lot of things stuck out” about Saturday.
One of those things was that he thought the Huskers “were a little tired.” In review, the team wasn’t playing as fast on tape in the second half. He also noted that Nebraska needs to have the right mentality coming out of halftime going forward.
As for the altitude, Frost doesn’t think it played that big of a role in the team’s performance.
>> The offense was better, which Frost attributed to practice last week.
“We’re getting there,” he said.
With that said, Frost felt the offense and defense only played well for three full quarters and that they need to make it four. He also said the Huskers’ margin of error is small.
>> For those asking about wide receiver Kanawai Noa and why he hasn’t gotten the ball more, Frost is in full agreement.
“I’m surprised the ball hasn’t found Kanawai yet,” Frost said.
He also noted that Noa has done some good things, which included route-running and blocking against Colorado.
>> As for how the team has responded, Frost said the Huskers had a really good Monday. That was echoed by the players who spoke prior to Frost.
>> When asked about that penalty on the Nebraska sideline on the fumbled Colorado kickoff return, Frost said it was not called on him but another staff member who bumped into an official near the pile.
>> Frost said Adrian Martinez played better on Saturday than he did the week before, and even said he played “courageously.”
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