Scott Frost was the third coach to speak at the podium for Big Ten Media Days on Thursday. He didn’t have much of an opening statement, leaving plenty of room for questions.
The first asked of Frost was if this 2021 Nebraska football team is one of the best he’s had on paper.
“Without a doubt this is the most excited I’ve been about our team and the most confident,” Frost said, adding that he’s excited about the talent, character and culture of this team. Despite that, he said that Nebraska will have to “earn whatever respect we get.”
Frost also mentioned that Nebraska has had too many self-inflicted wounds in years past. Some of those are turnovers, penalties and special teams that Frost felt prevented the Huskers from winning close games.
If you were hoping for a catchy slogan from Frost for the 2021 season, Frost said he’s not much for sloganeering.
“If we need slogans to get players to play harder, I don’t have the right players,” he said.
Other news and notes:
>> Nebraska has been excited about name, image and likeness for some time, and that hasn’t changed for Frost. He said it would change the college football landscape—and college athletics in general—but said he’s happy about anything that makes things better for student-athletes.
As for Nebraska in this space? “I think Nebraska’s uniquely positioned to take advantage of it,” Frost said.
>> Nebraska has a new athletic director, of course, and Frost is “really excited” about the hiring of Trev Alberts. While he didn’t have much to do with the process of hiring Alberts, Frost said he thinks coaches appreciate having someone who understands Nebraska “and could come alongside the coaches already in place and help us succeed to the highest level possible.”
>> What does Frost think about quarterback Adrian Martinez right now?
“This is the most comfortable I’ve seen him in who he is, the most confident in his talent,” he said.
As for why Martinez isn’t at media days, Frost said Martinez wanted to take the off week to go home and Frost allowed that.
>> Frost was asked if any one position stood out to him on the team. He didn’t want to dive too far into it, but did offer up one.
“It’s hard for me to pick one position but Nebraska has always been known for ‘Husker Power’ and the offensive line,” he said.
>> Any concern about missing out on recruiting targets from Omaha?
“We are focused on winning,” Frost said. “Winning will cure a lot of things.”
>> The Big Ten doesn’t yet have formal COVID protocols for 2021, but commissioner Kevin Warren said it would be a “decentralized decision-making process.” He said that Big Ten schools would send proposals, and they’d expect to finalize plans in August.
As for Frost, he was asked if he thought games should be forfeits or not based on COVID.
“I don’t have an opinion on that and I won’t,” Frost said.
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.