Today, the head man took time to talk to the media and update on a walk-on turned scholarship offensive lineman, a lineman returning from injury and some tantalizing tidbits about alternate uniforms and what he’d like to see in the future (Hint: If anyone but Scott Frost proposed this, the state would burn down.)
Usual disclaimer: I’m typing these in real time as I listen live. They are not exact quotes, just my best to get the important points. If you need something clarified or want the exact words, let me know in the comments and I’ll go back and listen to the audio.
Head Coach Scott Frost
...we gave one today...looking at the 85...we have three to give, we gave one to Trent Hixson today...the team was fired up for him
...I thought it would take a while to get the walk-on program to the point we want it, I kind of figured Trent would be the first one...he deserves it
On scholarship now: Sophomore O-lineman Trent Hixson, the likely starter at left guard for the #Huskers. He was put on today. "The team was fired up for him," Frost said.— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) August 23, 2019
Trent Hixson added to scholarship today. “He deserves it,” Scott Frost says after Friday practice. Hixson is likely set to start next week at left guard. pic.twitter.com/OcWiEyA3XN— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) August 23, 2019
On Team Captains
We’re going to vote on captains today...I don’t want to do it too early...I want the guys to see who steps up during camp...we don’t have a lot of seniors on offense, so it might not be four seniors, but it will be the best two leaders on offense and defense
Hmmm...a certain sophomore quarterback seems to be the frontrunner in my mind here...
On Maurice Washington
Coach made it sound like the process was coming to a point where they could make a decision on his status soon, but that they were waiting for additional word on the legal process before they decide Washington’s status.
Coach Frost seems to be the one who wanted the Blackshirts-themed alternates.
I thought about this a long time before, even before I came to coach at Nebraska...My next year I hope we have a home and away for alternates...In the future, I’d like to see if the defense holds opponents under a certain number of points they earn the right to wear black shirts next week...
If anyone but Scott Frost proposed that we wear anything but scarlet and cream on a regular basis.../pitchforks and torches. It will be interesting to see if this gains traction. I personally love the idea at first glance.
On the Blackshirts and what it means
I think a big step for understanding it was having Jason and Grant [Wistrom] in last year and their passion...even though they’re old men who are broken and crippled...they still embodied the Blackshirts...this group has come a long way from last year
Frost said he wants the #Blackshirts alternates to be permanent.— Matt Reynoldson (@MattReynKLKN) August 23, 2019
“In the future if the defense has a good game ... we want to reward them by wearing the Blackshirt alternates the next game.”
Blackshirts uniform was was Frost's idea. Wants a home and away version starting next season.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) August 23, 2019
Frost says in the future (probably not this year) if the defense holds the opponent under 10 points they’ll let them wear the new alternate Blackshirt jerseys the next game. Also he hopes they have an alternate road jersey by next year.— Connor Happer (@ConnorHapper) August 23, 2019
On improvement from year 1 to year 2
First years are hard...trying to get guys to understand what we expect from them...trying to get them to understand the scheme... Now, on offense, we can go out on the field and call something they haven’t heard of and as long as it fits in the rules, they can still run it...the defense is starting to get to that point now too
He gave an example where the coaches called something that was unfamiliar and the defensive players responded by “is this how you want us to adjust?” and he was pleased that they could process that.
Two and three is a bit floating right now...we’re going to have a lot of conversations this weekend, not just at quarterback but a lot of positions we’re going to let guys know “get ready to play” or prepare for a redshirt
Noah Vedral and Luke McCaffrey (no surprise) appear to be QB2 and QB3 with the final designation undecided. I would be surprised if the coaching staff doesn’t try to preserve a redshirt year for McCaffrey and use Vedral as QB2 this year, but injuries or factors I know nothing about could always change that.
Who’s at center?
[/groans at bad Abbott and Costello pun]
We started camp one or two guys down...[Coach mentioned most of the ones playing that position by name]...they all did a good job. With that said, we look a little different with Cam Jurgens back and at full speed now...
Frost says he expects Cam Jurgens now fully healthy, to be the top guy at center. #Huskers— Derek Peterson (@DrPeteyHV) August 23, 2019
We’re going to release a depth chart on Sunday or Monday...don’t read into it too far because things will change...some guys are nicked up we don’t feel good putting them ahead of guys out there all of fall camp...but I expect Cam to be at the top at center
Scott Frost says he expects Cam Jurgens to be the No. 1 center on the depth chart. Says Will Farniok has a "bright future" but Jurgens is a "game changer." #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) August 23, 2019
We still got to earn anything. We were a 4-8 football team. As much hype...we haven’t done anything yet.
Am I worried about guys being overconfident...I’m not worried, I want them to have expectations...but they have to go out earn it on the field
I asked @coach_frost about the preseason No.24 ranking earlier this week. He said the guys have to earn it but doesn’t think it’s a bad thing that they’re confident. He wants them to feel comfortable getting that attention and being on the list. #huskers— Brianna Mellon (@brimellon) August 23, 2019
Injury to defensive lineman Chris Walker
Chris is going to be more extended...patellar tendon...we elected to think about the long term and have surgery so he’ll be out a month or more...
Walker is a sophomore from Lincoln.