The Nebraska football team practiced for approximately two hours on Thursday inside the Hawks Championship Center in helmets only.
Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media after practice to talk about how preparations for Saturday’s game against Minnesota have gone.
“Week’s been great,” Frost said. “We’re better this week than last week again. So day by day we’re getting better. Guys are excited for this one. Gosh they were so close, and I think they’re anxious to get out there and do a little bit more to make sure we have our best chance to make it happen.”
Frost also commented on how the senior class has handled the season so far.
“They’re doing a great job. The four captains in particular are doing a great job,” Frost said. “I’ve said this before but ever since the Purdue game, I feel like the culture on the team has finally been pointed in the right direction and is moving in the right direction and those captains have a lot to do with that. They’re making sure they’re holding everyone accountable. Everybody’s having fun playing football, we’re just disappointed with how it’s gone so far with everybody doing the right things now and enjoying each other.”
Frost touched on the game plan for Minnesota and in particular defending wide receivers Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman, who are both big red zone targets for the Golden Gophers.
“I just started watching their defense to offensively play their defense,” Frost said. “I watched some with Coach Chinander last night and this morning. They have good players on offense, two players in particular, we’ve got to do a good job of covering them. I think their scheme is smart, they mix up their run game with max pro and RPOs (run-pass options). You’ve got to be on your assignment and know where to go. At the end of the day, if the ball is in the air we’ve got to make a play on it.”
Frost also talked about how last week got the team closer to getting the first win of the season.
“I think they’re closer. I was broken hearted for them (last week),” Frost said. “Fifty-five minutes we were ahead. We didn’t put together a complete game in 55 minutes. We stubbed our toe on offense a bunch where we would have had a chance to blow the game out early. Certainly giving them a defensive touchdown on a blown protection didn’t help. Any time you score on special teams or defense you’ve got a great chance to win the game, and we almost overcame that and you have to be good to overcome those things, and we’ve had too many of those.”
Saturday’s game against Minnesota will kick off at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium with live television coverage by the Big Ten Network.