As always when I do press conference recaps, the items in quotes are probably (likely) not exact. I am typing in real time and don’t usually replay the audio to make sure I get it exact.
Update 1:24 pm - the names of the seven players awarded Blackshirts were added.
Coach Frost met with the press today. He had good news on Nebraska’s freshman starting quarterback. There is no ligament damage to QB Adrian Martinez’s knee. He has a chance to play this weekend.
Coach Frost on whether Martinez’s injury was at least partially due to dirty play (twisting after he was down in the pile):
I want to be careful in how I answer that...you don’t want to think anyone who plays this game would do that...no one knows intentions but that person...we do have angle that doesn’t look very good. We turned it in to the Big Ten and Pac 12...
“We want the Blackshirt to mean something,” Frost said. “I told them I was proud of their effort, their physicality.” Said there were 7 guys deserving of Blackshirts. #Huskers— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) September 10, 2018
On awarding Blackshirts:
I want 50 guys with Blackshirts...but we don’t just give them out...we expect more guys to have them soon.
The seven players that received Blackshirts were linebackers: Luke Gifford, Mohamed Barry, Dedrick Young, and Tyrin Ferguson as well as nose tackle Mick Stoltenberg, cornerback DiCaprio Bootle, and defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun.
Coach Frost was fairly pleased overall, especially with how the team responded when they were down by 14 points. He did acknowledge some of the mistakes that led to a loss. He included coaches in that as well as some specific plays. One area he pointed out was perimeter blocking.
Any time you get the ball outside, you need to get yards
Frost on Bunch and if the offense changes should Martinez be out vs Troy: "We're not going to change because of who he is." Liked how he played, also mentioned the drop on 3rd down that "would have put the game away." #Huskers— KLIN Husker Hour (@KLINHuskers) September 10, 2018
When asked about special teams
At times special teams played well, but you can pick out any one of 60 things that were mistakes. We didn’t have good starting field position...we have to find a way to not make mistakes in order to win a game like that.
Frost said it was clear to him watching the tape Nebraska was the most physical team on both sides of the line of scrimmage against Colorado. Also had crucial mistakes he said will be corrected. #Huskers— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) September 10, 2018
More on what he saw that needs to be fixed:
After the game, I said there were 20 or 25 plays that cost us. When you look at the tape, there were more than that. Fix a couple of those mistakes and we come out with a win.
Let’s hope the improvements we saw Saturday continue to come!