Frost Talks: Mark Whipple, Casey Thompson and North Dakota
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Scott Frost’s Tuesday press conference covered many topics following a 31-28 loss to Northwestern in Ireland.
First off, Scott Frost reassured fans that there is no tension within the Husker program after a comment he made following Saturday’s loss.
Back in Ireland, Frost seemingly took a shot at offensive coordinator Mark Whipple’s play-calling after the game.
“I think we’re gonna have to learn as an offensive staff that you got to be a little creative in this league,” he said in Dublin.
On Tuesday, Frost spent some time clarifying his comments.
“Yeah, I didn’t realize I said that after the game. I guess kind of referring to the run game more than anything,” he said. “Coach Whipple’s really good, and he knows his stuff.”
He added that Whipple did “a really good job” at calling the game, which was the first that Frost did not call during his time at Nebraska.
“Coach Whipple is an elite play caller,” Frost said. “I think that showed in the first two-and-a-half quarters. You saw what can be done with this offense. We did run some of it.”
Frost also spoke about the team’s overall performance in Ireland.
“There are some things we definitely need to clean up and some other things that I think we can really build on, but I’ve been really impressed with the way the kids answered the bell,” he said.
Frost also spent time talking about starting quarterback Casey Thompson, who went 25 for 42 with 355 yards and one touchdown against the Wildcats.
“I tell you, I knew Casey was a good football player. He made some plays in that game that really impressed me,” he said.
On the other end of the ball, Nebraska’s defense missed several open-field tackles and had trouble stopping Northwestern’s Evan Hull, who ran for 119 yards.
Frost said the defense probably needed to substitute players more often.
“Some of the guys in the trenches, maybe there needs to be a little more rotation there to make sure we are a little fresher at the end of the game and we are not leaning too much on a couple guys, but mostly I give them credit,” he said.
Frost said Northwestern used some schemes and a four-minute drill that the team had not seen before and was not prepared for.
Looking forward to Saturday’s game against North Dakota, Frost said the team needs to execute a little better on both sides of the ball.
“We had a couple busts on defense and misfits that cost us some big plays and cost us a first down or two that led to points,” he said. “We had a couple more chances on offense to score. We’re going to be in a lot of games where that’s the case.”
North Dakota will be Nebraska’s first nonconference opponent this season, and the first one at Memorial Stadium.
Frost said he has been impressed by the Fighting Hawks and thinks it’ll be a good challenge for the Huskers.
“I think it is going to make us focus on some things that we probably need to focus on to get that much better,” he said.