Nebraska is 1-1 on the season with Buffalo heading to town on Saturday. Coach Scott Frost met with the media on Monday to preview the matchup, saying the Bulls “looked like world-beaters in Game 1.” Buffalo beat Wagner, 69-7, on Thursday.
“Their kids know how to win,” Frost said. “They played for a conference championship last year. They’ve got talent.”
While Frost said he’s spent most of his time watching Buffalo’s defense, he’s seen a team that’s sound in its scheme and looks well-coached. The Bulls do have a new coaching staff—Maurice Linguist replaced Lance Leipold in May—so there’s some concerns with preparation.
Is it similar to what Nebraska faced with Illinois?
“We have one game (to watch), hopefully we can do a good job with that,” Frost said. “They got ahead in that game fast and did some things late in the game that they didn’t do in the first 20 snaps so it’s going to be a bit of a guessing game.”
Frost is familiar with defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Joe Cauthen though, so he knows a little about what to expect.
As for the team, Frost said the Huskers are focused on the task ahead.
“Our guys are preparing and know they have a challenge on Saturday,” he said.
More news and notes:
>> Frost didn’t offer much about the offensive line on Monday, but he did say the group has taken a big step from Week 1 to Week 2.
>> Frost also said he is pleased with the level of running backs for Nebraska, and felt the group has taken some steps forward. Someone like Markese Stepp was “just a matter of getting healthy” and he has seen constant improvement from him.
Is that similar to when Dedrick Mills progressed on the team?
“I think you just improve with reps,” Frost said.
>> Frost doesn’t plan to remove Cam Taylor-Britt from his punt returner role. He expects to see him out there against Buffalo, saying he doesn’t “fire” someone for mistakes.
“Cam gives us our best opportunity for a big play back there,” Frost said. “I trust Cam.”
>> No time table on the return of Casey Rogers , Travis Vokolek and Oliver Martin, but Frost said they’re all getting close to returning.
>> Frost wasn’t able to watch McKenzie Milton in action on Sunday, saying he was up until nearly midnight working on game prep for the week. He did see a number of messages on his phone though, and was happy for Milton.
“He’s family to me,” he said.
>> Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Frost, while reflecting on that time, said he remembers being in Ohio—he had just been picked up by the Cleveland Browns—and turning on the TV to see what happened.
“It doesn’t seem like it was 20 years ago,” he said.
Frost also added that it means a lot to have Damian Jackson on the team and part of the alternate uniform unveiling, saying it’s “our little bit that we can do to help honor it.”
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