It’s a bye week for Nebraska, but Coach Scott Frost still met briefly with the media to discuss the Huskers’ 2021 trip to Ireland and what his team is working on now.
Here’s a quick recap of what was said at the podium:
>> Frost kicked off his time at the podium by discussing the 2021 Nebraska-Illinois game that will be played at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday, Aug. 28 as part of the Aer Lingus Football Classic. He said it’s an amazing educational experience for his players and when the details were presented to him, he felt it made a lot of sense.
With that said, Frost is also excited about the opportunity personally.
“I’ve done a lot of traveling in my life,” he said. “I’ve actually never been to Ireland so I’m excited to get over there.”
He also mentioned wanting the opportunity to golf in Ireland and see the whole country, if possible.
>> The game will also take place in Week 0 for Nebraska, which Frost said offers some benefits and some challenges. A couple of benefits are the early and extra bye week, as well as the chance to practice early compared to other programs.
"We have to make sure we manage that well,” he said.
>> Running back Dedrick Mills, tight ends coach Sean Beckton and defensive backs coach Travis Fisher were all part of this game in previous years. Mills made the trip with Georgia Tech, while Beckton and Fisher made it with Central Florida. Frost said he spoke to all three about the experience.
>> So, about those travel logistics?
“I’m trying to get through bye week right now,” Frost joked.
>> Speaking of the bye week, Frost said it’s all about going “back to the basics this week.” That includes blocking, being in the right place on routes, etc.
“We talked this morning about getting better at fundamentals and basic things,” he said.
Frost said he was disappointed after the Minnesota game but felt the Huskers were close offensively. Too many costly mistakes were the biggest issue.
>> Frost expects freshman Wan’Dale Robinson to return this season.
“Wan’Dale will be fine,” he said.
>> Frost called his team young and that the Huskers need “weapons” to continue in their develop.
“We’re still coming with chemistry,” he said.
>> What kind of play caller is Frost?
“I dont want to talk too much about it,” he said. “We don’t generate enough big plays to make mistakes and sustain drives.”
>> Broc Bando came into the game in the second half, and Frost said he “played hard.
The team is going to use the bye week to gauge who should be playing where, and if any changes need to be made.
They’ll also have more” good-on-good practice,” as Frost called it. That means the players won’t be going against just the scout team. That will provide a lot of opportunity across the baord.
>> Frost originally thought the Huskers got pushed around against Minnesota, but he doesn’t think that happened when he looks at the film.
In fact, he felt the defensive line held up but it was issues elsewhere that caused the greatest problems.
>> Freshman he’ll be looking at? “Any and all of them,” he said.
He mentioned offensive linemen Ethan Piper and Bryce Benhart, as well as defensive linemen Mosai Newsom and Ty Robinson. He’d like to see all potentially have roles in the final five games.
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