Does Coach Scott Frost feel he has less questions about his team heading into fall camp this season?
“I say we have fewer holes in our roster than we used to,” he said, kicking off camp with a preseason press conference.
The rules for fall camp are a little different this year. In an attempt to limit too much contact in preseason camps, an oversight committee and the NCAA released new rules in the spring to hopefully combat unnecessary injuries (but primarily head trauma).
Teams will have the same number of preseason practices (25) over the same number of days (29), but the type of practices coaches can hold has changed. The maximum number of contact practices has dropped from 21 to 18, and the number of full padded practices allowed is nine. Teams can also hold no more than two consecutive days of full-contact practices and no longer than 75 minutes per practice session. Teams are also limited to two scrimmages total over the 29 days and some drills (like the Oklahoma Drill) are no longer allowed.
Frost isn’t too worried about the changes, mostly because he doesn’t feel it will affect Nebraska all that much in the long run. The Huskers weren’t planning to have that many scrimmages and full-padded practices anyway, and Frost feels they’ll have enough to go off by the end of fall camp.
With that said, he would like to see key position battles to be settled earlier in camp than they have been in years past. Part of that is having the “main guys” working against each other more, hopefully reducing efforts.
One spot that is up for grabs? Keep an eye on the running back spot. Running backs coach Ryan Held challenged his group in the spring, and now Frost wants to see that pay off.
“I don’t want it to be by committee, ideally,” Frost said.
Another area Frost wants to keep an eye on is the backup quarterback spot. “I want to make sure they both get as many reps as they need to be to ready,” while noting that they also want enough reps to determine who needs to be at the No. 2 spot behind starter Adrian Martinez.
The questions may be less for Frost with his team, but there are still questions. One of those being turnovers. Frost and the players brought it up at Big Ten Media Days, and it was brought up again on Thursday. Frost called them “self-inflicted wounds,” saying that needs to be better in 2021.
How do they get past that?
“Day by day, we get better and better,” Frost said. “If we get better inside the house, the results will come.”
More news and notes:
>> Frost spoke again about vaccinations on his team, reiterating much of what he already said at Big Ten Media Days.
“I’m not comfortable yet with how many I perceive are vaccinated,” Frost said, adding that they are working to educate the team as vaccines are the best path toward an uninterrupted season.
>> The ceiling is high for cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt. Frost said there is no doubt in his mind that he can be one of the best corners in the Big Ten in 2021.
>> Offensive lineman Branson Yager is no longer on the Huskers’ roster, but Frost couldn’t get into specifics as to why.
“I can’t talk about guy’s personal situations but he was dealing with something and he won’t be part of the team going forward,” Frost said.
>> As for Will Honas, Frost said he is doubtful he’ll be back for the season. There are a few others that may not be ready for fall camp, but Frost expects to see them at some point throughout the season.
“Most of the guys will be ready for first day of camp, but some—like Thomas Fidone—might be a bit longer,” he said.
>> We’ll end here, with Frost’s feelings on his team as fall camp begins:
“This is the best feeling around our building, by a long shot, that we’ve had.”
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.