Photo Credit: John S. Peterson

They Said It: Nebraska Players Discuss Huskers’ 30-23 Loss to Minnesota

October 16, 2021

We heard from several players on Saturday afternoon following the Huskers’ 30-23 loss to Minnesota. Adrian Martinez, JoJo Domann and Cam Taylor-Britt all met with the media.

Here are selected questions and answers from the player’s time with the media.

Senior nickel JoJo Domann

On the difference between the first and second half:

“We knew the first 15 plays they were going to give us everything that they had. We just settled in and just did our assignments. We were playing angry with a chip on our shoulder knowing that the first half was BS. We just need to start like that.”

On what to blame the first half on:

You can point blame to a lot of different aspects. Ultimately, it’s just on us. It’s on the leaders. It’s on the coaches. It’s on the players. We’re better than that and we didn’t show it.”

On what the last 48 hours were like after Erik Chinander’s father passing:

“It just really puts things into perspective. Football is amazing and football is life. But also, there’s so much more to life and my heart goes out to a Coach and his family. I respect the hell out of him for sticking with us and coaching with us. That’s a warrior and it was not the result we wanted but we fought we fought for him.”

On what he saw from the team leading up to the game:

“We’re going on our eighth game, they just came off the bye week. That’s just the fact of the matter. You can assume anything you want about that but it is what it is. They came out ready to play. We did not and we played catch up the rest of the game. It was too late.”

Junior quarterback Adrian Martinez

On how hard he lobbied to go got it on that fourth-and-five:

“Well, it’s not my choice, right? Obviously, the players always feel like they can make plays. That’s no matter the circumstance. Either way, we had confidence in [Connor] Culp to make that kick. We had confidence in ourselves to get that fourth down if called on.”

On what the bye week will look like after eight weeks and how his body feels:

“I’m not entirely sure what the bye week will look like. I know we going to need some time off as a team a little bit. Get our bodies going again and mentally, physically recuperate so we can get ready to attack our last portion of the season. For us, we’re still not discouraged. But there’s some evaluation we’re going to have to do and fix some things.”

On what the team didn’t go under center on fourth-and-goal:

“I’ll say this. For a team that’s predominantly shotgun we do work under center snaps. We do have QB sneak and things like that. But there are exchange problems you could worry about and it takes repetition from running backs. Hitting the hole is different out of the gun than it is when you’re under center. Those things have to be worked and that takes time in practice. Look, I play on the team and we run what is called. I’m not sure maybe that’s something we explore. Maybe it isn’t. But we feel confident in what we had called there. I’m sure we would do it again and have faith in our guys.”

Junior cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt

On the difference in the first and second half:

“We had to flip the switch and wake up. The whole defense and not just even talking about myself it’s everybody on the team. Everybody’s just got to wake up. We’ve been playing in the night games and everybody got to sleep in. I don’t feel like everybody was awake and ready to play this game so coming out the second half I was just on everybody to wake up. Let’s go out here and play our football and it showed.”

On the difference in the first and second half:

“We had to flip the switch and wake up. The whole defense and not just even talking about myself it’s everybody on the team. Everybody’s just got to wake up. We’ve been playing in the night games and everybody got to sleep in. I don’t feel like everybody was awake and ready to play this game so coming out the second half I was just on everybody to wake up. Let’s go out here and play our football and it showed.”

On when he noticed guys were not awake and ready:

“I saw it when we woke up this morning. Even Coach saw it. He called it out to try to address it ahead of time. We didn’t hurry up and do it.”

On playing for defensive coordinator Erik Chinander after his father passed:

“I personally did play for Coach. He’s like a father. There’re times when I had stuff going on back home and I couldn’t go back home. He was there for me so once he lost his father that hurt. He’s pretty close to the team. He loved us and always just spoke good things about us. He already told us ahead of the game how much he loves us and we just had to go out there and give it our all. We should have started a little earlier.”

  • Never miss the latest news from Hail Varsity!

    Join our free email list by signing up below.

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap