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Scott Frost updated on how the team is preparing for Northwestern, a position switch for an offensive player, and how he thinks the team is turning a corner

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Scott Frost took the podium for his usual Monday press conference and had a lot of positive things to say.

As always, my quotes are typed out in real time and my best synopsis of what was said. They are likely not exact as I don’t go back and re-listen to the audio.

On the running backs and depth:

You saw what Devine Ozigbo did two games ago...we saw in this last game what we’ve been seeing in practice from Maurice Washington. Wyatt Mazour is a guy we trust, I’m ready to put him in a game...Mikale Wilbon is getting ready to play...

Asked about Jaylin Bradley, Scott Frost said that right now he is the fifth running back.

When asked about Northwestern, Scott Frost immediately said that Pat Fitzgerald is one of the “good guys” in the game. He said that like Nebraska, Northwestern lost a talented running back in Larkin and their running game has taken a hit each week. But Northwestern has still gotten things done.

On punting and the change in punters during the Wisconsin game:

Issac Armstrong is now the starting punter. Isaac Armstrong “punted it where he was supposed to punt it.” Because Caleb Lightbourn has been making so many mistakes, and Frost noted a bunch of them, and that Nebraska is not good enough to overcome those mistakes so they had to give Armstrong a look.

On J.D. Spielman and Stanley Morgan

I don’t want to speculate on where they stack up against other people, but I’m sure glad we have them.

On growth of the team

A lot of the pieces we need are growing and improving and getting better

Cameron Jurgens update. Frost said that after evaluating him for a while that he is as physical a blocker that there is on the team and could be really good at center or guard. Right now he is practicing at both center and guard. Also Jurgens has embraced the idea of not getting the ball thrown to him while spending his time as a blocker.

We could still use him as a tight end...but he knows that it is a commitment to develop in that area [offensive line]...we’re working to put good weight on him...

On J.D. Spielman’s postgame press conference after his record-setting game:

Also when asked about his old boss, Chip Kelly, who is also winless at UCLA and whether he has talked to him he said it is like Spielman, he doesn’t talk to him very much. But mentioned that when Chip Kelly and Frost got to Oregon that the team was already stacked and that Kelly is probably doing a lot of fixing at UCLA right now. He’s “fighting the good fight.”

On preparing for Northwestern:

Injuries at linebacker especially have caused worries about depth and changed up the practice routine.

On Adrian Martinez’ maturity

“I would have never been able to do what he is doing at 18 years old...that says a lot about him...

On penalties

“We deserved a lot of the ones we got...they were dumb decisions...getting better at technique will continue to help us with that...”

On Clayton Thorsen (Northwestern’s QB)

He’s fun to watch, he’s a gamer, he’s reliable, makes plays when you need them...

On the team dynamic

“Something’s changed. It really changed after the Purdue game. Guys are bonding out there. We have less culture killers and more culture-keepers or culture-promoters. Sometimes you have to lose guys or gotta bench players...I think what brought it about was losing three games largely due to self-inflicted penalties.”

Ended with he feels “like they finally turned a corner.”

We’re on to Northwestern. Go Big Red!