Nebraska football’s 2018 spring game is Saturday, April 21. Tickets for the game are expensive if you’re still looking, but if you’re at Memorial Stadium, Scott Frost is determined to give you a show.
“Coaches usually go into that game hoping we get out healthy,” Nebraska’s coach told reporters Tuesday. “I want the fans to get something for what they paid for so we’re going to play some football and we’ll make it look as good as we can and we’ll decide on the format this week.”
The time and date are certain, but there’s a lot else up in the air for Nebraska’s spring game.
“We’re going to kind of decide on the format of the spring game this week,” Frost said. “We had to kind of wait to see where we were as a team on both sides and where we were health-wise so we could get the team split up. There’s 90,000 people coming. I want to put up the best show we can for them and show people the progress.
“Spring games are more for the fans than they are for the coaches.”
The spring game will serve as the end of spring practice. After that is the next step: summer practices, which will be led by captains.
“By that time, we’ll have 13 practices under our belt and a lot of decisions made about who is playing well and who isn’t,” Frost said. “Coaches usually go into that game hoping we get out healthy. I want the fans to get something for what they paid for so we’re going to play some football and we’ll make it look as good as we can and we’ll decide on the format this week.
“I’ll get into the weeds of it. We needed the week before spring ball to have meetings so we had the one practice before spring [break] but then you’re limited by number of weeks and total time to fit spring ball in. I love practicing every other day because it gives guys a chance to learn from what they did the day before and to recover so we get more out of them.
“The end of our time is up after that first couple of days the week following the spring game so we’ll have one more practice then and it’ll probably be part practice and part teaching the guys how we want them to run the captains’ practices and 7-on-7s in the summer.”