All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.
In Friday's episode, Carriker talks about the recent offers the Huskers have handed out, what NU's top recruiting priorities should be this offseason and more.
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Here's a transcript from the show:
Welcome everybody to a Fast Friday edition of the Carriker Chronicles brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital, where each and every Friday I keep it quick and easy. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to bring the old school back to Nebraska football, plus this T-shirt kind of reminds me of my parents, love you mom and dad.
But today I wanna talk about not only the No. 1, but the No. 2, and the No. 3 top recruiting priorities for the Huskers, Scott Frost and the recruiting coaching staff right now. I know the headline to this show coming in said No. 1, but I’m giving you two and three as a bonus. You’re welcome.
Let’s talk about my No. 1 priority and that’s keeping our best in-house. We got Stanley Morgan Jr. contemplating going to the NFL draft early. You have JD Spielman contemplating transferring, you have Tyjon Lindsey tweeting about following Keith Williams wherever Keith Williams might go, the former receivers coach. These are the top three receivers on our entire roster going into next year. They’re extremely talented. You got guys breaking records. You got highly recruited guys. You have three of most talented receivers we’ve had in a long time. We need to keep these guys in house.
No. 2: We need to find a quarterback that fits this Scott Frost offensive system. We got some talented guys: Patrick O’Brien, Tanner Lee’s got a big arm, Tristan Gebbia, who I’m personally very excited about, he has the most amount of mobility of these three guys that we currently have and I actually could see him doing very well in a Scott Frost offense. But we need a dual-threat quarterback, who is dynamic with his legs and his arm, and I know we’re currently talking to Terry Wilson. Now this was one of the top prep dual-threat quarterback prospects coming out of high school, he’s a coveted junior college transfer right now. He originally committed to Nebraska, then he ended up going to Oregon when Frost was there, then Frost went to UCF, so they have a relationship. I know that Terry Wilson is gonna be taking a recruiting visit to Nebraska very soon, making a decision very soon, because he is going to be enrolling in whatever college he decides to go to come January. We need a quarterback for this season.
And No. 3, but certainly last but not least, let me read a quote from Dave Rimington.
Dave Rimington said: “Nebraska football while all eyes will be on coach Frost’s offense, it will be his defense that I will be looking at. The west belongs to Wisconsin and it will stay that way until we stop their run game. We desperately need man-eaters on the D-line, I can’t stress that enough.” End quote. I could not agree with Mr. Dave Rimington any more. I have absolutely no worries about this offense. We’re gonna get a quarterback in, the offense is gonna be rolling, we’re gonna be dynamic, we’re gonna be explosive, we’re gonna score points. The ceiling for Husker football is very, very high. But that ceiling ends where the defense begins. And that defense begins with the defensive line. It begins with stopping Wisconsin’s running game, with Iowa’s running game. It begins with smashing people in the mouth or man-eaters, as Dave Rimington said.
Ladies and gentlemen, offense puts butts in the seats, defense wins games. I’ve said it before and I’m gonna keep saying it again, the trenches wins championships, in my very humble opinion. Now, Bryson Williams is a kid from Lincoln, who’s committed to Wisconsin, we need that boy to come on over to the real Big Red and flip back to Nebraska. We need you, my friend. Go Big Red and always remember to throw the bones.
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Jan. 4, 1975: Scott Frost was born to parents Larry and Carol. Larry, pictured back left, played football at Nebraska under Bob Devaney. Carol, back center, was the first female Olympian from Nebraska and competed in the discus at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Older brother Steve, back right, played football at Colorado State and Stanford.
1989-93: Scott Frost was a multi-sport athlete at Wood River High School. He was a Parade All-American in football and broke several records that still stand today, including career yardage (11,095) and touchdowns (146). He was also a state champion in the shot put as a senior, winning the all-class gold medal.
1993-94: Despite being recruited by Tom Osborne and Nebraska, Scott Frost chose to go to Stanford and play for former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh. He spent two seasons there before transferring back to Nebraska.
Sept. 21, 1996: In Scott Frost’s second game as the starting quarterback, Nebraska saw its 26-game winning streak come to an end with a 19-0 loss at Arizona State. Frost completed 6 of 21 passes for 66 yards and was sacked for a safety on his final play of the night.
Dec. 7, 1996: Nebraska was back in the national title discussion after winning its next nine games following the Arizona State loss. The Huskers would fall in the Big 12 championship game to Texas, though, before Scott Frost capped his first season as a Husker with an 11-2 record and a victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
Sept. 20, 1997: Scott Frost ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns to defeat No. 2 Washington. The Huskers would reenter the top three of the national rankings and beat another ranked opponent, No. 17 Kansas State, the following week.
Nov. 8, 1997: Scott Frost and the Huskers salvaged their undefeated season at Missouri thanks to the “Flea Kicker.” Matt Davison made a diving catch off a tipped and kicked pass thrown by Frost as time expired to force overtime. NU won the game 45-38.
Jan. 2, 1998: Scott Frost outdueled Peyton Manning as Nebraska dominated Tennessee to win the Orange Bowl and stake its claim for a national championship. Frost is still remembered for his impassioned plea to voters in the coaches poll: “If you can look yourself in the mirror and say if your job depended on playing either Michigan or Nebraska, who would you rather play?” The coaches listened and voted Nebraska No. 1, making the Huskers co-national champs.
April 18, 1998: The New York Jets selected Scott Frost as a safety in the third round of the NFL draft. Frost spent six seasons in the NFL with the Jets (1998-2000), Cleveland Browns (2001), Green Bay Packers (2001-02) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003).
Dec. 27, 2002: Scott Frost got his first taste of coaching when he served as a Nebraska graduate assistant for the Independence Bowl against Ole Miss. Frost was on injured reserve with the Green Bay Packers at the time and would return to the NFL the following season before retiring in 2004.
March 2006: Scott Frost landed his first coaching gig when Ron Prince hired him to be a defensive graduate assistant at Kansas State, working with the defensive backs under coordinator Raheem Morris, who coached Frost with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
February 2007: Scott Frost got his first full-time coaching job as linebackers coach at Northern Iowa. He spent three seasons there and was promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2008.
January 2009: Scott Frost became the wide receivers coach at Oregon under then-coach Mike Bellotti, who two months later became the school’s athletic director and was succeeded by Chip Kelly. The Ducks went to the BCS National Championship game in Frost’s second season.
January 2013: New Oregon coach Mark Helfrich promoted Scott Frost to offensive coordinator after four seasons coaching wide receivers. The Ducks never ranked lower than fifth nationally in total offense during Frost’s three seasons as offensive coordinator. Oregon lost in the national title game in 2014.
Dec. 1, 2015: Central Florida hired Scott Frost to his first head coaching job. “I could have stayed as offensive coordinator at Oregon for a long time if they’d have me,” Frost said at his introductory press conference, “but I felt it was time for me to go and try to run a program.”
Nov. 12, 2016: Central Florida defeated Cincinnati, 24-3, to earn its sixth win of the season. The victory clinched bowl eligibility in Scott Frost’s first season. UCF finished the year 6-7 with a loss in the Cure Bowl.
Nov. 24, 2017: Scott Frost clinched a spot in the American Athletic Conference championship game by defeating South Florida. The win capped off an undefeated regular season for a team that went 0-12 the season before he arrived.
Dec. 2, 2017: Scott Frost leads UCF to a 62-55 double overtime win against Memphis in the AAC championship.