LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska was back to practice Tuesday, continuing installation of the offense and defense. While there’s still plenty ahead for the team, Huskers coach Scott Frost was especially pleased with the Huskers’ fifth practice of spring football.
“Today was by far and away our best day as a team,” Frost said. “I saw great enthusiasm. We had a competition day so we kept track of every rep [on] offense and defense [and it] came right down to the end.
“I’m seeing guys start to get it [and] guys start to understand our schemes on both sides and what we’re looking for from a pace standpoint and an effort standpoint.”
Frost is a big believer in providing everything about the offense and defense to the players upfront. It’s a fire hose mentality in which they start big and then break down minor details.
“We want our guys familiar of most of the things we do,” Frost said after spring break.
It wasn’t an easy adjustment for Nebraska players, though. Several have acknowledged the speed of Frost’s offense and how that’s affected the installation. After a couple of weeks, things are starting to settle down and make more sense.
Junior linebacker Will Honas, for example, feels the installation has gone pretty well. It took some getting used to, but he’s adjusting.
“With the speed of our offense, you have to know what you’re doing,” Honas said after practice Tuesday. “You have to know where to line up and you have to know your assignment quickly. You don’t really have time to think about it.”
There’s a benefit to the approach, though. As senior defensive lineman Mick Stoltenberg previously noted, it’s allowed the team to see the bigger picture before breaking it down. It’s also helped the team learn quickly and adjust to the quickness Frost expects.
“It’s definitely thrown us in the fire and puts pressure on guys, and pressure is going to bring the best out of people,” Honas said.
With installation in progress during the second full week of spring practice, things appear to be on schedule. It might not be perfect, but Frost doesn’t expect it to be at this point. He just wants to see enthusiasm and effort.
As far as who won the day by the end of the competition, Frost noted that the offense got a first down on the last play of practice. That doesn’t matter too much for Frost, though, as he was just happy with what he was seeing on both sides of the ball.
“I see a lot of things getting better,” Frost said. “I see guys having fun. I see guys helping out one another and communication improving. I see our conditioning getting better and our understanding of schemes on both sides getting better.
“That’s what spring ball is for and I think we’ve made a lot of strides in five practices.”