Nebraska may have had its first game canceled, but Scott Frost said his team practiced this week like it had played a game.
The Huskers had strong practices Monday and Tuesday, Frost said, and an "almost flawless" walk-through Thursday going over assignments and final preparation for the Colorado game.
"These guys are as ready as they can be and prepared as we know how to make them," Frost said.
Although NU's game with Akron was canceled by thunderstorms, the Huskers went through warm-ups and the Tunnel Walk. Frost admitted Thursday he was even a little "antsy" before the first Tunnel Walk but now, having gone through it, he won't be as worked up.
"I think we got all of the bugs out even though we didn't play a game," Frost said.
Frost said he saw a "huge jump" in NU's practices this week compared to last week.
Run game can take pressure off
Run the football. Nebraska offensive coordinator Troy Walters on Wednesday had no bigger goal for his offense than that, and not just for the sake of running the ball well.
“Freshman quarterback, he can’t drop back 40, 50 times,” Walters said of Husker starter Adrian Martinez. “With the amount the guys they play, the pressures they’re going to be bring, the front three being very active, we’ve got to establish the run game.”
Frost said establishing a running game is always important, and perhaps even more so to take pressure off Martinez, but Frost said Martinez is “ready.”
“I don’t know how he’s going to respond when we get that first snap, but I’ve got a pretty good idea he’s going to be calm,” Frost said. “I think there’s going to be a mistake or two, but we’re going to have to deal with that and go out and make plays to make up for it. It’s important, though, that we give him time, we give him a run game, and don’t put the whole game on his shoulders.”
Walters said CU’s defense will at times load the box with defenders to try to stuff an opponent’s run game. At that point, he said, NU’s receivers have to win matchups against CU defensive backs.
“I expect them, when their number is called, to make plays,” Walters said. “JD (Spielman) has done it in big games, Stanley (Morgan) has done it in big games, but I’m excited about Tyjon (Lindsay) and Andre Hunt and Bryan Reimers and (Jaron) Woodyard, (Jaevon) McQuitty, Mike Williams. All those guys are going to play.”
» Frost said establishing a running game is always important, and perhaps even more so to take pressure off true freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez, but Frost said Martinez is "ready."
"I don't know how he's going to respond when we get that first snap but I've got a pretty good idea he's going to be calm," Frost said. "I think there's going to be a mistake or two but we're going to have to deal with that and go out and make plays to make up for it. It's important, though, that we give him time, we give him a run game, and don't put the whole game on his shoulders."
» Colorado's offense will present a challenge to NU's offense because of its skill players and quarterback Steven Montez.
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