Ever since Nebraska football hired Scott Frost as its coach back in December, there has been plenty of optimism surrounding the program. The team has made progress throughout its spring practices, had a very successful spring game and appears to be geared up for a successful season in 2018.
However, the strong showing throughout spring isn’t enough for Frost, his coaching staff and his players. In an interview with Greg Sharpe on Sports Nightly on Wednesday night, Frost said that he was happy with Nebraska’s spring, but he still thinks the team has a ways to go.
“Sometimes it’s like charging the battlefield,” Frost said. “You’re going to cover so much ground the first time that you’ve got to regroup and do it again. I thought our opening charge here in the spring got us a lot better, but the coaches aren’t happy with where we are. I want a team and a bunch of players that aren’t satisfied yet, because we have a lot more ground to cover in the summer.”
Although he is pleased with the progress thus far, Frost thinks that the team will need to cover more ground in the summer, especially with its conditioning.
“We weren’t happy with where the guys were from a conditioning standpoint or strength standpoint when we got here. Really this past winter was just a lot of weightlifting to get the guys a base that they could build from. This summer will be more lifting but we’ll also run them a little bit more and try to get in a little better shape, little better conditioning and try to improve the speed. We covered a lot of ground in the winter, but the summer needs to be even better.”
Frost also addressed the state of the team with injuries, graduate transfers and appeals.
On running back Tre Bryant’s knee injury:
“I met with Tre today, and I think he’s fairly excited about the progress he’s making right now. But I think he’s got a ways to go. We’ll see when he gets released to go. I told him I’m just waiting around to get the message that he’s healthy. We’ll see how far he gets and how quickly he gets there.”
On center Michael Decker, who was injured against Purdue on Oct. 28 and missed the rest of the 2017 season and then spring ball.
“Each guy kind of has his own things to work through and I know Deck’s coming off an injury. We’re hoping to get him back but we’ll have to see where that lands.”
On Nebraska adding potential graduate transfers:
“We’re always going to keep our eye open for somebody that we think can come in and help our football team and be a good member of our team and community.”
On appeal possibilities for players such as quarterback Noah Vedral, a transfer from Central Florida:
“We’re going to do what we can and there’s appeals that can be filed on a couple of our kids’ behalf, but we’ll just wait around on their decision and go with what they decide.”
On whether or not the appeals will work:
“You’re asking the wrong guy. If you want me to guess what the NCAA is going to decide on anything, you’re better off asking your next door neighbor probably.”
Nebraska will open its season against Akron on Sept. 1 at Memorial Stadium.
Land of 10’s Erin Sorensen contributed to this story.