With a 13-10 win over Northwestern under its belt, Nebraska is now on to preparations for Minnesota. The Huskers head to Minneapolis for a 6:30 p.m. CT game on Saturday.
Coach Scott Frost kicked off the week on Monday with his weekly press conference. He spent just over 20 minutes at the podium, discussing the quarterbacks, the snap situation and more.
Let’s take a quick look at what Frost said during his time at the podium.
>> Frost said they’re waiting to see on quarterback Adrian Martinez. He was injured against Northwestern, but remained at the top of the depth chart on Monday. Frost wouldn’t give a full update on his quarterback, but said “he will be all right.”
“We’ll let the week develop and see where Adrian is,” Frost said. “But we feel good about if we have to go with Noah [Vedral] and Luke [McCaffrey].”
He also said that the bye week doesn’t play into the decision. The bye week is good timing for a lot of players to get healthy though.
>> McCaffrey was in on one play against Northwestern after Vedral’s helmet came off. However, Frost doesn’t expect to use him beyond the four games the Huskers are allowed this season because he will redshirt.
“We definitely want to save his years so we have to be smart,” Frost said.
>> No updated on wide receiver JD Spielman.
“He’ll be all right,” Frost said.
>> There was one snap that went over Vedral’s head on Saturday, but Frost felt good about his reaction to the situation.
“He made some good decisions Saturday and that’s what I expect from him,” Frost said.
As for snaps in general, Frost acknowledged that Nebraska has “had the snap issues all year” and that it makes it difficult for the quarterbacks to have good timing, rhythm and get their eyes in the right place when their eyes aren’t where they should be. He said they’re continuing to work on it.
>> Maurice Washington was benched in the first half of the game against Northwestern. Frost said it “was my decision to hold him out.” Said the Huskers will see how he responds going forward, but that they have expectations that the players have to live up to.
>> There is a 40% chance of snow showers Saturday night in Minneapolis, which Frost is hoping doesn’t happen.
“I’m hoping for a nice brisk fall day,” he said.
But the Huskers will be prepared if it does snow (and it looks like it’s going to).
>> Wide receivers had a good Monday practice, which was a positive for Frost.
“Receivers had a really good day today and hopefully that carries over,” he said about the group going forward in the week.
>> Will Nebraska redshirt kicker Barret Pickering?
“I guess if we get a few more games into the season, we might have that discussion but we just want him to be healthy,” Frost said.
>> Nebraska intends to redshirt Rahmir Johnson. If it weren’t for the four-game rule, he may have played more but Nebraska wants to preserve him.
>> What is Frost asking of his team this week?
"Everything,” he said. “Pour everything into this week. It's a one-week season."
He said the Huskers will either wake up 4-3 or 5-2 on Sunday, so Frost wants his team to give it their all against Minnesota.
>> Frost has watched that game-winning field goal several times now. He thought the protection was good, even if the ball was low. Would he ever want to be in that siutation again?
“I hope I’m not in that moment again,” he joked.
>> It was a good start to the week for Nebraska. Practice had good energy and Frost said the exectuion was probably the best offensively that he has seen all year on a Monday.
“Today was probably our cleanest Monday,” 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.