It’s going to be a big week for Nebraska. The Huskers are preparing to face Ohio State on Saturday and ESPN College GameDay is preparing to broadcast live from Lincoln.
Coach Scott Frost kicked off the week on Monday with his weekly press conference, discussing everything from Wan’Dale Robinson to GameDay to JoJo Domann’s Blackshirt and more.
Let’s take a quick look at what Frost said during his time at the podium.
>> Domann officially has his blackshirt. The hybrid outside linebacker/nickel found it hanging in his locker before practice on Monday.
Frost said he likely deserved one sooner in the season, but that the staff didn’t feel good about giving it to him since he missed some of fall camp. However, his play over the last few weeks showed the staff he deserved one.
“We could tell we had a special one in Wan’Dale right away when he got here last spring,” Frost said.
Robinson was limited by injuries through spring and fall camp, but Frost also said he knew it was only a matter of time until Robinson was a weapon for Nebraska.
>> Quarterback Adrian Martinez turned things around on Saturday against Nebraska, which prompted Frost to say something about it post-win over Illinois. Two days later, Frost said he “definitely saw the Adrian I expected to see for the majority of the game” but that the quarterback still needs to learn that not every play will be perfect.
>> Frost said there is no doubt in his mind that Ohio State is a better team in 2019 than they were in 2018.
>> When it comes to the running backs, Frost said “everyone was good to go today." Maurice Washington left the game against Illinois per “probable head injury protocol.”
>> Frost said Nebraska isn’t spending a lot of time focusing on Ohio State defensive end Chase Young.
"We'll know where he is on the field at all times,” he said. “But they have some other good defensive players."
>> Wide receiver JD Spielman made some big catches against Illinois, which was something Frost gave credit to on Monday. He specifically credited Spielman’s “toughness.”
“It was good to see the heart on some of those guys,” he said.
>> With GameDay coming to town, Frost was candid that the show is great exposure for the program. He also isn’t worried about it affecting his players.
“This is special,” Frost said. “Our guys need to learn how to operate and flourish in that environment.”
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