Nebraska head coach Scott Frost kept his Thursday comments concise. And in the last meeting with the media before Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. kickoff with North Dakota, Frost mostly focused on improvements made for the home opener.
The Huskers came into the week disappointed and frustrated over the opening loss to Northwestern. Frost said the team approached practice with focused intention every day, and practiced with motivation and confidence.
“I think they know what team they have,” Frost said. “It’s up to us to go out and prove it.”
This weekend also provides freshmen and the litany of transfers a first opportunity to play at Memorial Stadium in front of 90,000 fans eager for a win.
Some of those unfamiliar with the Sea of Red include defensive transfers Ochaun Mathis, Devin Drew and Tommi Hill. Of course, on the other side of the ball, there’s Casey Thompson, Trey Palmer, Marcus Washington and Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda. Each performed in front of a loyal traveling contingent of Husker fans last week. But Saturday and Memorial Stadium surely brings a different atmosphere.
“It’s good the fans show up and support these guys,” Frost said. “I don’t think I’ve talked about it much, but they’ll feed off it.”
It’s something team captain Caleb Tannor touched on earlier in the week. Even with the heaviness of the opening loss weighing on him, Tannor said playing in front of the home fans is “everything.”
The edge rusher told media on Tuesday that he was focused on helping his teammates be better players than they were the week earlier.
“Get ready for the ride, get ready for the experience,” Tannor said. “Tell the guys to have fun, go play hard. That’s all I need to tell them during the week so on Saturday we go out there and have fun.”
More news and notes:
>> Frost updated media on injured Huskers during Thursday’s meeting.
Tight end Travis Vokolek has been progressing daily and remains day-to-day. Wide receiver Omar Manning will be ready to play, Frost said.
>> Frost also mentioned the importance of developing depth and making sure every Husker suited up can step up and make a play.
>> You can watch the full video from Frost below.