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Nebraska Football

Martinez, Bootle and Farniok Talk 'Rollercoaster Ride' for Football

August 10, 2020

After Coach Scott Frost concluded his Monday press conference, he announced that three players would speak as well. Junior quarterback Adrian Martinez, senior defensive back Dicaprio Bootle and senior offensive lineman Matt Farniok, all wearing masks, spent about 25 minutes taking questions from the media.

All three shared similar sentiments to Frost’s during their time at the podium, saying they have confidence in Nebraska to keep them safe during a season.

"We want to play football,” Martinez said. “I know for a fact Nebraska is taking care of us here. Our coaches, our players, this locker room, we want to play and we're going to do whatever we can do to play."

There’s been a number of conflicting reports over the last several days around what will or will not happen this fall, which Farniok said has created “a lot of excitement and confusion." Bootle compared the last couple of months to a “rollercoaster ride,” saying the team is now stuck on the ride and waiting for “someone to come rescue us.”

Bootle also said the Huskers heard about halfway through Monday’s practice, which was the team’s third of fall camp, that the Big Ten had canceled the season. While that hadn’t yet been confirmed, reports circulated early in the day that it was only a matter of time. Bootle said that it “didn’t stop” him from practicing and that he “still got my guys ready to go." 

All three players agreed that they’re not thinking about COVID-19 and that the coaches encouraged social distancing. Martinez also said that players understand that in order to play, it will require sacrificing activities outside of football to stay safe.

Frost said during his time at the podium that he hopes Nebraska plays a Big Ten schedule, but that the team would be open to any opponents if need be. The players share that mindset.

"We're ready to play whoever. . .” Bootle said. “If it's the AFC North, bring 'em to us."

Farniok agreed.

"If the Big Ten chooses to cancel, we're open to playing whoever wants to play,” Farniok said.

Early in their time at the podium, Martinez said he believes “our country needs college football." By the end, Farniok reiterated the message.

“We want to play in the fall and that's all we're fighting for right now,” he said.

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