Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost watching the action from the field during the Red and White Spring Game
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Scott Frost Sees Improvement from Offensive Line as Nebraska Prepares for No. 8 Michigan

October 04, 2021

Nebraska welcomes No. 8 Michigan to Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Coach Scott Frost said the matchup presents another opportunity for the Huskers to test themselves against a really good team. Nebraska’s 56-7 win over Northwestern was a good step for the team, but there’s more for the Huskers to improve upon.

For Frost, he also remembers that 2018 matchup with Michigan and what happened in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines led 39-0 at halftime before finishing the game in a 56-10 loss. Frost said he was confident that Michigan would win the Big Ten after the game, noting that Nebraska was “outmanned at nearly every position. We didn’t have much of a chance in that one.”

What about 2021? “I guess we’ll find out,” he said.

One area that Frost hopes continues to see improvement against Michigan is the offensive line. He thought the Huskers’ performance against Northwestern was an improvement, even if he’s still “not completely satisfied.” However, he and offensive line coach Greg Austin did make some adjustments to the starting lineup after the loss to Michigan State.

Teddy Prochazka and Nouredin “Nouri” Nouili made their first career starts against Northwestern, with Frost saying post-game that he felt they did a good job without having watched film yet. Now that he has, he shared some thoughts on both players.

What did he see from Nouili?

“He has potential. He still has potential,” Frost said. “He played pretty well in one game so we have to keep him going and have the rest of the guys keep improving too. That’s just a starting point.”

And for Prochazka? Frost said the decision to start was one that was weeks in the making, but it become more clear after Michigan State. “You don’t decide on Monday that you’re going to run a marathon on Saturday,” Frost said, adding that they identified Prochazka’s talent early on.

“It’s really come pretty fast with him,” he added.

He still wants to see the offensive line play more mean, but said that’s something that takes time. For Prochazka, he said that’s tough for players as young as him in the Big Ten but he has room to grow.

Either way, Nebraska will need a strong showing from its offensive line against Michigan. It sounds like Frost is eager to see what the new lineup can do.

More news and notes:

>> Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has said coaching his alma mater is intense. How does Frost feel about coaching his?

“Probably the same,” he said. “You know, you want to win everywhere but you probably take it a little more personal at home.”

Frost added that there is nowhere else he’d despise losing more than at Nebraska.

>> Frost said that he is breaking Nebraska’s six remaining games into three two-game seasons:

  • Michigan and at Minnesota, bye week
  • Purdue and Ohio State, bye week
  • at Wisconsin and Iowa

>> What would Frost rate Nebraska’s option game so far? “A six out of 10,” he said.

He added that quarterback Adrian Martinez has “come a long way” in his ball handling, and that the option allows the ball to be in Martinez’s hands without needing to call designated runs.

>> Frost was wearing one of the new Tom Osborne shirts on Monday. The staff also wore the new gear on Saturday against Northwestern. He said he’s just waiting on action figures and bobbleheads.

“I’m sure he’s at home jotting up some drawings and sketches,” he joked.

>> Another game time announcement. Nebraska and Minnesota will kick off in Minneapolis at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Oct. 16. ESPN2 will carry the game.

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