Change could be coming to Nebraska’s offensive line this week.
Coach Scott Frost said the “competition is always open” at Nebraska, and he wants to give others on the line “a real shot.” The two spots he’s particularly interested in looking at is left guard and right tackle.
Frost said that he had a long talk with the team Monday morning, which included a discussion about the expectations that are in place. He shared a little on his own benching as a senior against Central Florida, too.
“That happens,” he said. “That’s life.”
Frost also noted that he benched quarterback Adrian Martinez last season, pointing out that both situations turned out OK in the end. For Frost, he played “with a chip on his shoulder” following his benching.
Frost said he feels bad for the players that are “doing things right” on the team. He believes his team is tough physically, but that they need to be tougher mentally.
“We’re playing with a nasty attitude at a lot of positions,” he said. “We need to play with a nastier attitude at a few others.”
The offensive line is one of those positions, with Frost saying he wants to see “more of an attitude and more nasty” from the group up front. He added that he’d rather have the o-linemen going 100 miles an hour and missing than what he has seen happening so far this season.
“We may have the most athletic quarterback in the country and he was sacked seven times,” Frost said.
That means it’s all hands on deck heading into the new week as Nebraska prepares to face Northwestern on Saturday. Name an offensive lineman and Frost will tell you the competition is open for them to take a spot.
For now, the message is clear: “They gotta pick it up.”
More news and notes:
>> No update on when wide receiver Oliver Martin will return, with Frost only saying “he’s close” at this point. Same with wide receiver Zavier Betts, who is also “close.” Betts, who had five first-half catches against Michigan State, was not available in the second half for Nebraska. Frost provided no additional specifics for either.
>> Frost spoke to the character of Martinez, who went to the locker room on Saturday against Michigan State to have x-rays on his chin.
He said he needs to be given more time in the pocket so he has time to make better decisions.
>> Three night games in a row for Nebraska. The Huskers will face the Michigan Wolverines at 6:30 p.m. CT on Oct. 9. The game is set for ABC.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) September 27, 2021
The last time Nebraska had three consecutive night games was the 2019 season with Northern Illinois, Illinois and Ohio State. How about more than three consecutive night games? That would be the 2017 season, when Nebraska had a four-game run against Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Purdue.
“Memorial Stadium at night is special,” Frost said, adding that expects to have some visitors on the sidelines for the home night games even if the 2022 recruiting class will be smaller.
As for the game itself, Frost said it doesn’t matter when his team plays. He simply wants to get back to it.
“We just need to get back on the field and win,” he said.
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