LINCOLN — An altered practice week ended on a positive note in what Scott Frost called “far and away” Nebraska’s best Thursday workout of the season.
The coach said attention to detail set the day apart. The Huskers jogged through four periods as usual and called plays based on what looks they might get from their opponent. Early in the season, Frost said, the team wouldn’t get in all the scripted plays. They finished each period Thursday with about three minutes to spare, in part because they didn’t need multiple repetitions.
The practice week — usually with physical workouts Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before a lighter Thursday — was different with a rescheduled game against FCS foe Bethune-Cookman on the docket. The team took Monday off, came back Tuesday and went through its only full day Wednesday.
“I think they responded well,” Frost said. “We got them recovered a little bit physically. They know the game plan and I think they’re ready.”
» Frost echoed what co-captain Mick Stoltenberg told reporters Wednesday as the senior defensive lineman looks to return to action Saturday. A knee injury kept the Gretna product out the past four games, though he practiced fully this week.
“He wants to be out there with his brothers and he’s been working hard to get back,” Frost said. “Hopefully he’ll be ready to go on Saturday.”
» On the challenge of getting up for an FCS school, Frost said the approach every week should be “like we’re facing a nameless, faceless opponent.”
“Doesn’t matter who we’re playing, our standard stays the same,” Frost said. “If we’re better than we were last week, then we’re moving in the right direction. It doesn’t matter if we’re playing Ohio State or Bethune-Cookman, we need to be at our best and we need to play better than we did last week. The guys have approached practice that way this week, and we’ll make sure their mentality is right to do that on Saturday.”
» If Nebraska takes control of the game early, Frost said Saturday would be a good opportunity for younger players to see the field.
“You’d always like to see a lot of guys play,” he said. “We gotta go out and play well to make sure we’re going to win the game first. If the situation arises that we can get some other guys in, we’d love to see some guys get some reps.”
» Bethune-Cookman is averaging 32.4 points per game and boasts playmakers on defense as well. Frost said the Huskers are aware of what they’re facing.
“I think our defense has a challenge,” he said. “Defensively, their guys play hard. They kind of mix things up in the back end so it’s a little bit tricky. We gotta make sure that we’re seeing things the right way and executing and playing as hard and as well on offense as we did last week.”
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