Nebraska Cornhusker safety Marquel Dismuk speaks to the press after practice
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Huskers Say There Is a Different Feeling Around Nebraska’s Facility as Fall Camp Kicks Off

July 29, 2021

There’s something different in the air at the Nebraska football facility. We have heard a lot about culture as we head into Nebraska’s fourth season under coach Scott Frost. The roster has turned over quite a bit during Frost’s tenure. Right now is the best he’s felt about his team heading into a season.

Frost has even had players coming to his office the day before fall camp to talk football.

“Similar to what I’ve said all year, this is the best feeling around our building, by a long shot, that we’ve had,” Frost said. “Guys are genuinely excited to be back and around each other and playing football. I know for me personally, one of the hardest parts about starting camp is you just spent a whole summer with your family, and now you’re not going to get to see them as much. I had a great summer with Ashley and RJ and Alli and got to spend a ton of time with them.

“You kind of get a little sad you’re gonna go back to work for as many hours as coaches have to put in, but when the guys come up into the office and you’re back around the team, it makes you feel a lot better about that.”

Marquel Dismuke, one of Nebraska’s senior leaders, met with media away from the podium. He echoed what Frost said and gave more background on what it is that he’s noticed is different from his teammates.

“Yes, you can feel that,” Dismuke said. “You can feel it in the weight room. You can feel it in the workouts. It’s a lot more structure. There is more focus on details. A lot more all right, we got to get this done or we can’t play around right now. We’re on the green grass now so it’s all business. I see a lot of change in mindset it’s just getting the new guys and the young guys to have the same mindset as us old guys.”

Day one of fall camp practice is July 30 but there is a buzz about how excited the team is to get the season started. We’ll see how long that last as we get deeper into camp before the season opener against Illinois on Aug. 28. Increased focus on the details is something that Frost has mentioned as needing to be fixed. That will help boost the Huskers’ 2021 season.

More news and notes:

>> It means a lot to Dismuke and the other “super seniors” to come back and play one more college football season. The idea of going out after a more normal season is huge for Dismuke.

“Not even knowing we were gonna get a free year going into last season was really a mindset like this all or nothing,” Dismuke said. “So to come back and have the opportunity to come back and better myself and better the team it’s really exciting. Now I can really maximize my ability to where I want it to be and come out on top this year.”

>> Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Bryce Benhart held down the starting right tackle job through the 2020 season. His year was good but he still took some freshman lumps. He noticed a big difference in making the jump from Minnesota high school football to the Big Ten.

“Oh, the pace. The athletes you go against is just completely different,” Benhart said. “The pace is a hell of a lot faster. But that tends to slow down once you get to know the game better and know everything else.”

>> The Nebraska defensive line is deep entering fall camp. There are at least six players that can give the Huskers quality snaps if needed. But what about the young players working behind them?

Damion Daniels gave us some names to look out for.

“Nash Hutmacher, Marquis Black and Ru’Quan [Buckley]. He’s gonna be seeing the field hopefully. It’s just a lot of guys. It’s really hard to say because we are really coming in from scratch and competing this camp.”

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