FREMONT — Nebraska football coach Scott Frost is a big fan of Husker basketball coach Fred Hoiberg.
"He’s fun, man,” Frost said. “I’m just thrilled he’s here for the future of our basketball program and athletic department. I’m also thrilled he’s here because he’s the new guy now and can get all of the attention. I can just sit back and answer all the questions I had to answer last year.”
Not quite. Frost, sporting a striking black to the rest of the Huskers coaches’ red, still fielded most of the attention from fans and the media at the Fremont stop of the Big Red Blitz, and zipped through a variety of football topics in ten minutes.
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» Frost said running back Dedrick Mills, the junior college transfer from Garden City (Kansas) Community College has fit right in to the Huskers’ football program, quickly impressing coaches with his work ethic and strength and conditioning commitment. NU assistant coaches, Frost said, were “blown away” by Mills’ “drive” and “grit,” when they watched him practice.
“He’s going to give us a bigger back,” Frost said. “We’re built on speed and we want skill players who can really run. He’s a guy who’s bigger in stature who will be able to get us some tough yards.”
Mills’ experience at Georgia Tech, a wingbone option program at the time, should help as well, Frost said.
» Nebraska will “divide and conquer” at satellite camps starting Friday and running through next week. NU will be in St. Louis on Friday, then Atlanta and South Florida next week with three or four coaches, Frost said. The rest of the coaches will stay behind to run camps at NU.
Frost said Nebraska wants to make more inroads in St. Louis.
“St. Louis is important,” Frost said. “Obviously it’s a great talent pool in St. Louis. It’s an interesting location to me in St. Louis because it gets recruited by Big 12, the SEC, and Big Ten. It’s right at the confluence of those three conferences. It’s challenging to recruit there because it’s a lot of competition but there’s definitely good players there as well. We’ll be there.”
» NU’s strength program, Frost said, is going well in year two. Strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval gives a weekly report to Frost on which players are doing well this summer.
“Last year we’d get a few names, this year he’ll rattle off a dozen or more every time,” Frost said. “I’m really pleased with the overall improvement of our whole team from a physical standpoint.”
» Speaking of physical ... Frost had the mic-drop quote of the Blitz when he said he wanted Nebraska to be a more physical and tougher team.
"You guys all remember the Nebraska that was nasty and when people got on the field with you they were going to lose the next week, too, because we beat the piss out of you,” Frost said.
The crowd erupted in applause. Frost wasn’t quite done.
"I want to get a little of that nasty back," he said.
» Frost said Nebraska coaches feel “really good” about the top two offensive tackles, Matt Farniok and Brenden Jaimes, but expect there to be more competition at left guard and center.
» Expect competition at safety, too, Frost said. Deontai Williams would appear to have one starting job locked down but Marquel Dismuke and Eric Lee may battle it out at the other safety spot.
» When Frost was asked by former Husker offensive lineman Brendan Stai how much he bench presses, Frost joked that wasn’t as much as Stai but more than Hoiberg.
“I bet I can jump higher,” Hoiberg retorted.