Nebraska is back in game prep mode following a second bye week of the season. The Huskers hit the practice field on Monday in preparation for Wisconsin.
Coach Scott Frost kicked off the week Monday afternoon with his weekly press conference. He spent just around 20 minutes at the podium, discussing the bye week, recruiting and preparation for Wisconsin.
Let’s take a quick look at what Frost said during his time at the podium.
>> Did Frost get what he wanted out of the bye week? He said that he and his staff balanced the week with getting back to work with the team and getting the staff on the road to recruit. And when the staff was on the road, they received positive feedback.
“Responses were great,” Frost said. “Out and about, people know our program. I think the reaction to Nebraska football is still incredible. I think people understand our staff and the direction we’re going.”
>> Nebraska put a focus on recruiting junior colleges during the bye week, which Frost addressed at the podium.
“We don’t want to make a living in the JUCO ranks,” Frost said.
But the Huskers will still recruit the players that make sense from the junior college programs as needed.
>> Wisconsin has consistently been toward the top of the Big Ten, which Frost said puts a target on the Badgers’ backs from every Big Ten West program. Plus, Wisconsin doesn’t necessarily view Nebraska as a rival.
#Badgers LB Zack Baun says he doesn’t see Nebraska as a rival.
“The trophy’s never left here…”
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"We need to get to a program where we can consistently compete with and beat them,” Frost said.
>> When it comes to quarterback Adrian Martinez, Frost said he would like to see better decision-making from the sophomore. With that, Frost also said that everyone needs to be better around Martinez, too.
>> Chris Hickman has been moved from tight end to wide receiver on the most recent depth chart, and Frost said Hickman is going to be a good player and that he is one of Nebraska’s best perimeter blockers.
>> For those looking for an update on running back Maurice Washington, Frost didn’t have much to offer.
“I'll talk about that at the end of the year,” he said.
>> Frost said “the guys are tired of the little mistakes." He wants more “conviction” out of his players to fix the mistakes that allow them to beat themselves over the final three games of the regular season.
>> Wyatt Mazour was awarded the last available scholarship on the team. Frost wanted to wait and see who ultimately deserved it for representing Nebraska “the right way,” especially since the team could award it retroactively.
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