Huskers adjusting to new offense, QBs continue to compete

"I think we're in a really good place," Lubick said during a Zoom press conference on Thursday.
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LINCOLN — It’s been a crazy few months for Nebraska football’s new offensive coordinator Matt Lubick.

Being hired after last season, Lubick had only a couple practices in the spring before camp was shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the extended offseason has helped Lubick implement his new offense.

“I think we’re in a really good place,” Lubick said during a Zoom press conference on Thursday.

Of course, Lubick didn’t avoid questions about the quarterbacks, especially the “friendly competition” between incumbent starter Adrian Martinez and sophomore Luke McCaffrrey.

“Adrian is the starter today, but Luke has done a great job,” Lubick said. “They’re both playing at a high level. They’re both making each other better.”

Lubick also said the Huskers need to do a better job around Martinez, after he struggled during his sophomore season. However, Martinez isn’t at fault either.

“Adrian did great things last year, but like everybody he could have played better,” Lubick said. “If Adrian performs well, we’ve got to help him do that.”

Husker center Cam Jurgens believes Martinez has grown as well this offseason and there’s no question who the leader of the offense is.

“We’re always there for each other,” Jurgens said. “It’s been sweet to see our offense come together.”

Nebraska did practice in full pads on Wednesday for the first time since the end of last season. That came as a welcome sight to the Husker players.

“We’re just excited to finally hit some guys,” Jurgens said.

Jack Stoll, a senior tight end, said he feels like the Husker offense has something to prove in 2020.

“We’ve always had a chip on our shoulders,” Stoll said. “It’s really motivated me. It’s really motivated everyone.”

Nebraska kicks off the season at Ohio State on Oct. 24. The game is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. and will be broadcasted on Fox.

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