After Nebraska's loss to Troy on Sept. 15, Scott Frost had a simple message for his team.
"I told them if anybody doesn't want to stay on board with this ride with us, let me know now and get off," Frost said. "Because I know where this is going."
Two weeks later after the Huskers’ loss to Purdue, Frost shared a similar message. He had a sense about why Nebraska was 0-4 at that point, and it went back to the dynamic and work ethic of the team.
“In order to have a disciplined team, you have to have guys that really care, and guys that are accountable and you have to have an environment where they’re held accountable," Frost said. "It’s all of the little things that they do, on and off the field. We’re doing that, I don’t know if it’s taken root with people. I don’t know how many habits people have. We’re trying to break a lot of habits. We’re trying to teach them how we want things done, because I know when things are done that way you win championships.
"As hard as this team has played and a lot of guys on this team have played well enough to win, we’re not going to win as long as those things are happening.”
Nebraska has seen attrition over the last several weeks. The Huskers have also seen changes to the depth chart. Compounded with the 0-6 start, it would make sense if this Nebraska team folded. Instead, they did the opposite.
Senior wide recever Stanley Morgan Jr., for example, embraced his role as a captain. He put a priority on leading those around him.
"Each week, it [doesn't] matter win or lose," Morgan said. "I've got to come ready to go. Come ready to go on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. I've got to be that leader.
"These guys feed off me and that's the role I've got right now and that's the role I love."
The team has a whole stayed "immensely positive" too, as senior running back Devine Ozigbo put it, "especially with the things that we’ve gone through."
Morgan and Ozigbo were were two players Frost noted for stepping up despite the record. He also mentioned freshman running back Maurice Washigton, but Frost's list didn't end there.
“Jerald [Foster] and Tanner [Farmer] do a good job leading the line up front," Frost said. "Matt Farniok is playing like a warrior. [Brenden] Jaimes keeps getting better every week. He had a really good one today. Boe Wilson is giving us a spark. I love [Jack] Stoll’s mentality right now. JD [Spielman] shows up every weekend.
"There are some guys on offense that instead of 'oh no,' it’s 'let’s go!' and that’s how you have to play.”
There are guys like that on defense, too. And it was all of those players that came together despite an 0-6 start and never quit.
There's still plenty ahead for Nebraska. The team sees this as the beginning after a bumpy start though. They've developed a strong chemistry between coaches and players and that's what gives them hope for the future.
"We’ve got the guys that didn’t want to be here that were hurting this team [out]," junior defensive lineman Carlos Davis said. "And this is just one big group all with the same goal.
"One team, one heartbeat and we’re getting this thing going.”
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.