Nebraska will hold its annual spring game Saturday, April 21, at Memorial Stadium.
The spring game will be coach Scott Frost’s first big debut in front of Nebraska fans since his hiring in December. Nebraska fans will not only get to see Frost in action as the Huskers coach for the first time, but also the competition at several positions on the team. One of those position groups of interest is quarterback, where sophomores Patrick O’Brien and Andrew Bunch, redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia, and freshman Adrian Martinez will battle for the starting spot.
Nebraska spring game 2018: Date, time
Nebraska’s annual red-white spring game kicks off at noon ET on Saturday, April 21.
Time: Noon ET
Date: Saturday, April 21
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.
Nebraska spring game 2018: TV channel
Nebraska’s 2018 spring game will be broadcast on Big Ten Network. BTN2Go will have the livestream.
Nebraska spring game 2018: Tickets
Nebraska spring game preview, positions to watch
Nebraska’s 2017 season was nothing short of disappointing, which led to the firing of coach Mike Riley and the hiring of Frost. The Huskers’ new staff will look to turn a 4-8 record around, and create a more competitive Nebraska team.
Frost is a former Nebraska quarterback, who led the Huskers to a national title in 1997. After rising quickly in the coaching ranks from Northern Iowa to Oregon, he spent the last two seasons as head coach of Central Florida. Huskers fans are hoping Frost can bring the same success he had at UCF, where he led the Knights to a 13-0 season and a Peach Bowl win over Auburn.
Nebraska fans will have a chance to preview Frost’s new team at the annual spring game on April 21. And when the team takes the field, there will be a few positions to keep an eye on.
The first position of interest will be quarterback, where O’Brien, Bunch, Gebbia and Martinez will battle for the starting position come fall. With former quarterback Tanner Lee entering the NFL draft, Nebraska is left without much experience at the position. However, there is plenty of potential.
Both O’Brien and Gebbia have worked with Steve Calhoun of Armed & Dangerous Football, and he sees a lot of upside to both athletes. Martinez was also specifically recruited by Frost for his offense, so he could be a bit of a wild-card in the competition. Depending on how spring football goes, Frost may consider a junior college quarterback transfer.
Another area of interest will be the offensive line, where offensive line coach Greg Austin is shuffling players around to find the best fit. Through spring football, Austin feels his player are “getting to it” and is pleased with how competitive they are.
On the defensive side of the ball, the secondary will also be an area to keep an eye on. Cornerback Chris Jones has departed, leaving players like juniors Lamar Jackson, Avery Anderson, Eric Lee Jr. and Jeremiah Stovall, sophomore Dicapario Bootle and junior college transfer Deontai Williams to step up. Aaron Williams and Antonio Reed are expected to start at safety, while Frost has noted sophomore Marquel Dismuke’s potential.
“I think we have a few guys in the DB room that like to hit and hopefully they bring everyone along with them,” Frost said. “You know, Deontai [Williams] likes to hit. Marquel Dismuke is another guy we have to hold him back a little bit. We’re going to teach those guys to tackle the right way and we’re going to bring everyone else along with them.”
Those three positions won’t be the only of interest, but spring football will help start the process of sorting it out.