Nebraska football coach Scott Frost was on Sports Nightly on the Husker Radio Network to discuss spring football post by post and also touched on new coaches. He dialed in on the NU defensive line, talked about some improved players, and hit the quarterbacks.
The Huskers’ defensive line has been one of its biggest problems this spring, as they had seven players available. Frost said those players had “almost too many” reps this spring and coaches had to adjust workouts to accommodate that.
“We had some good ones here, we had some good ones last year, we lost a few guys early on and we didn’t necessarily expect to go there, and then a couple of kids who left the program,” Frost said. . “We’re a bit done but I like what we have and if there’s an opportunity to take one we will.”
Huskers welcomed defensive transfer from TCU Ochaun Mathis and Texas Tech defensive tackle transfer Devin Drew so far and should welcome the transfer to Florida Lamar Merchandise in a few weeks.
Another position off the defensive line that has come under scrutiny this spring is at quarterbacks.
Frost said he wanted more consistency from quarterbacks. He said some of the new guys did some good things but have to keep learning and some of the guys who were in Nebraska did really well.
“I think it’s going to be a battle,” he said. “It’s going to be fun. The hardest part is getting everyone reps and we’re going to have to pair them up pretty quickly to make sure we get enough reps to get the guy(s) playing ready to go. .”
When Frost was asked specifically about Texas transfer Casey Thompson, he chose to talk about new quarterbacks, Thompson and Florida State transfer Chubba Purdy.
“Both guys come from very successful programs and know football pretty well,” he said. “Chubba is young and still has a bit of learning to do. Both have talent and I can’t wait to see them compete.”
He said they were both real competitors and it was nice to see at quarterback.
Another player Frost was specifically asked about was defensive lineman Nash Hutmacher. He said Hutmacher is one of the most improved players on the team.
“He’s always had the size and the strength. He can lift a house,” he said. “I thought he really moved better in the spring and made more plays in the spring. Expect a lot of that this fall.”
Another duo Frost saw a lot of improvements thanks to outside linebackers Butler Jimari and Blaise Gunnerson. Garrett Nelson and Caleb Tannor will start in the fall, but Frost has high expectations for the redshirt freshmen.
“Blaise and Jimari both have a very bright future ahead of them and they’re going to be contributors and future starters here,” he said.
Frost said the whole wide receiver group has taken a leap forward as some of the newer players have done well, but also the players who have been to Nebraska have improved.
He said there were a few receivers who weren’t up to speed or training in the spring that will help in the fall.
The head coach was asked about all the position groups and his response to running backs stood out.
“I thought Jaquez Yant had made progress, sometimes he looked good last year and sometimes he looked young and uncertain,” Frost said. “Anthony Grant has done some good things. Rahmir (Johnson) continues to improve all the time while he’s here. Markese Stepp has done some good things when he was healthy.”
Frost said he felt good in the depth and it would be a run for the races in the fall.
As for the spring as a whole, Nebraska was missing a few key things that will come into play in the fall.
“I think we’ve made a lot of improvements in some fundamental areas that I think will make us a better football team,” Frost said. “But we also have some catching up to do. Keep working on some attacking patterns and the terminology and the rules of that. We’re always looking to add another element or two.”
He said, “It’s not a complete product yet, but we’re happy with the job we’ve done.”