Scott Frost talks COVID-19, upcoming 2020 football season, racial equality in Zoom press conference

The Nebraska football coach addressed the media for the first time since his pre-spring practice press conference back in March. He touched on a variety of topics during his 30-minute Zoom meeting, though he focused mainly on the affects COVID-19 has had and will have on college football. 

LINCOLN – Scott Frost has spoken.

The Nebraska football coach addressed the media for the first time since his pre-spring practice press conference back in March. He touched on a variety of topics during his 30-minute Zoom meeting, though he focused mainly on the affects COVID-19 has had and will have on college football.

“I’d be shocked if there was a team or an organization in sports that has been more careful and followed protocol more strictly than we have,” Frost said.

The Huskers have instituted a strict protocol for their players during offseason workouts. But despite the pandemic, Frost said almost his entire has been able to make it to UNL’s campus. He said, when it boils down too it, even though Nebraska understands the concerns around the coronavirus, this is about football.

“I will tell you this through it, our kids are not scared of this,” Frost said. “I know there’s a lot of people that are and rightfully so. Our kids just want to be out lifting and running and getting ready for a full season. I think some of the directive when we handle those situations is going to be important as we get into season. But I know our kids want to play.”

Frost said the leadership during the offseason has been off the charts so far, as he’s reinstated the “Unity Council”, a Tom Osborne staple while he coached at Nebraska.

“Our leadership on our football team has been invaluable through this time because without complete access to our players, a lot of stuff has to be led by them and organized by them,” Frost said. “Really through the challenge of this I’ve seen that leadership grow. Coach (Zach) Duval has seen that leadership grow.

“Going across the board, I think our leadership is going to be a lot stronger than it has been. In some ways, the challenge of this virus has brough our team together. I feel like through adversity, our team is probably has tight as it’s been since I’ve been at Nebraska.”

Frost also had a chance to open up about his discussions with his players regarding the recent protests involving the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others. He said a football team might be the best space to learn more about other cultures.

Said Frost, “A football team gives you an environment for people of all races and backgrounds to come together and learn about each other. See the good in one another and work together. “We need to be an example because of our influence here at Nebraska football. The best way that I know how to do that is to try and provide an environment within these walls where everyone feels safe and equal.”

Other notes from Frost’s press conference:

  • Matt Farniok is moving from tackle to right guard to make room for some of the younger linemen. Frost said he hopes it will make the offensive line stronger.
  • Frost has no concerns with the development of his younger quarterbacks. He said Luke McCaffrey especially is “slinging the ball around” well from what he’s heard.
  • Frost said new offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Matt Lubick will “have his work cut out for him” prepping the young wide receivers, especially with the departure of J.D. Spielman.
  • Frost approved of the NCAA Oversight Committee’s proposal for a six-week practice plan to begin the college football season. He did say, it would be a scheduling nightmare, but it’s the best option since the spring practice period was canceled.
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