Nebraska football is back. Sort of.
The Huskers kicked off their season on Thursday with a preseason press conference. Coach Scott Frost met with the media just after 1:30 p.m. CT, taking questions for close to 30 minutes.
Let’s take a quick look at what Frost said during his time at the podium.
>> The team hasn’t officially met yet, but Frost said that will happen this afternoon. He expects to go over the camp schedule, expectations and more.
Fan Day will follow that meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. CT.
>> It was a good summer for Nebraska, something that Frost noted right away on Thursday.
“We’ve has a really good summer, made a lot of progress and put ourselves in a good position but now we have to go out and earn it,” Frost said.
With that said, Frost was also clear that there is plenty left for the Huskers to earn going forward.
>> Worried about players buying in? Not Frost.
“We have very, very few guys that are not 100 percent in,” he said.
With that said, he also wants a team that can “prove it can be tough.” He saw a little of what he wants in the win over Michigan State last fall.
>> When talking about depth on the defense, Frost pointed to the defensive line first. He expects to see a lot of players rotating in.
As far as groups that need to step up, Frost hopes to see a lot in camp from both the inside and outside linebackers.
>> While Cam Jurgens continues to get healthy, Will Farniok will start fall camp at center. Jurgens will remain on the 110-man roster.
>> If running back Maurice Washington’s legal situation isn’t decided by the season opener, Frost expects the university and athletic department leaders to get involved.
"When a decision is made, it won't be just me making it,” he said.
>> Nebraska is on the outside looking in of the preseason Amway Coaches Poll. Frost said during his time at the podium that he did not place Nebraska in the top 25 of his preseason ballot.
“I hope we’re there at the end of the year,” Frost said.
>> Frost said Tom Osborne came to Central Florida when he was coaching there. He reminded the UCF coaches that when he was at Nebraska, Tuesdays and Wednesdays were the days that the ones go against the ones. The Huskers weren’t able to do that as much in 2018 because of depth concerns. Hopes to do that more this year.
Frost joked those days were his least favorite as a player.
"[But] those were the practices that made us better,” he said.
>> No comment on defensive lineman Jahkeem Green. Green said on Wednesday that he is headed to Nebraska.
>> Frost ended his time at the podium with an update on Jovan Dewitt, who just led a special teams meeting for the coaches.
"He's doing great,” 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.