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  1. I wonder what those same stats would be for the 30 years before the past 15. I am suspecting, despite the 'high risk' (fumble prone supposedly) offenses of Osborne and Solich running options, etc., that we may well have been a net positive team in turnover margin. Losing the turnover battle is a very strong indicator of a losing outcome. Teams that throw the ball alot get INTs typically and sack/fumbles while wishbone and option running squads tend to get more fumbles from bad handoffs/pitches, etc. I am not sure whether one or another type of offense is actually more turnover prone. No doubt somebody has looked at historic numbers. It is more about individual players than about schemes perhaps. This is so glaring, I am surprised it hasn't been the focus of much more discussion and analysis. Perhaps the past 15 years have not been all about the poor coaching and lack of talent as much as having players that are not aggressive and or alert enough on defense to create and collect turnvovers while our offenses have been sloppy and mishandling the ball too much. I realize those are things coaches are responsbile for as well but fumbling and not catching the INT balls is mostly a function of player failure. No doubt Huskers have made life a lot more difficult with effectively one arm tied behind our back just to make it fair!
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    New "No Blind Blocking" Rule

    Football was intended to be a rough and tumble game. All these so-called 'safety' rules are not really making the game safer in my view. Exactly how many injuries have been actually avoided as a result of the targeting rule? I doubt there have actually been many, if any. This rule really ought not be called the blindsided rule but more the blind defender rule. It seems obvious that there will be plenty of opportunities for a defender (the would-be tackler) to simply turn his head a bit and create a 15 yard penalty and kill what otherwise might have been a great play. I think maybe they should atleast consider applying the penalty yardage after the play is over (i.e. on the following play). The feigned 'blind side hit' will become the obvious way to get the flag on almost any play. There probably ought to be a '15 yard penalty called on the defender who failed to keep a lookout. When a football play is live, every player has a strict duty to keep his eyes open and be aware of all things around him. Football is blocking and tackling. Any player on the field during live action is by definition not defenseless. He has every choice to either be involved in the play or not. If he tries to block or tackle, he is choosing to enter a contact situation. The targeting rule is poor, at best, and this one sounds terrible.
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    Fall Camp Notes

    From all reports and the somewhat limited video and other info we have seen in 2019, I think the QB position is the most improved position on the team although it may be the best kept secret. I am hopeful that we see Adrian ready to play like a junior or senior in terms of the mental aspects and hopefully a lot fewer mistakes (fumbles, INTs, misreads, etc). This should give Frost and Co the confidence to let Adrian go full tilt (running and throwing) and those situations allow him to make the special plays that seperate the good from the great players. If he makes two or three of those extraordinary plays, they will keep drives alive or even produce TDs instead of sacks, etc. Those will make the difference between wins and losses quite often and help the team get seperation on the scoreboard and put games away in the third quarter and let the Defense continue to play with more confidence and aggression,. Knowing the season is not basically over if Adrian goes down for a couple weeks is critical to the team psyche etc. I thinkk McCaffery will get the nod by midseason in games where we either have a chance to win or we may need to make something out of nothing. Where the game is under control and we need to just carefully execute the offense at a safe and conservative level, then Vedral may the choice. But even Bunch will play much much better this year than last.
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    2 QBs on the field?

    Normally I don't reply to snide remarks but in this case I will: No I did not survey the entire crowd. I did not have to as there were plenty of fans nearby me (a fairly representative 'random' sample I would suggest) that all felt the same way. In fact several made the comment that it also seemed fairly apparent Osborne was afraid if he left London in for another couple series and they ended up in scoring drives (quite possible vs Central Florida - a not so formidable opponent at the time), a real QB controversy might ensue. Most fans, I would also add, are well aware that Osborne, not the individual players, make the decision of who is or is not playing. The fans were quite happy to see London have success and he clearly was having fun doing it. I would also repeat that I still don't ever remember a single case where the crowd booed an individual player. I have heard many an individual fan cuss the play of individual players - happens quite frequently frankly - but the crowd, as a body, not that I recall. Boos are directed, it seems to me, at the team as a whole or more often the coach(s) for lacklulster play or dubious decisions or calls. It doesn't happen often but it does happen. Sometimes, the fans are unaware of all the facts at the time (injury or whatever), but I think Husker fans have been more than patient and deferential to the 'experts'. In my view Husker Nation has welcomed home Scott Frost as much as is theoretically possible and entrusted the very future of the entire program to his leadership. If he fails, it may well be our last best hope of salvation. Again, I think - as an eyewitnes to the situation - the fans were more booing Tom than Frost. London played well and it did appear as though Tom benched London after he showed spark, fire and energy and the entire offensive unit seemed to rally abit for him. Sometimes the fans like to see the 'underdog' (the second string QB is often seen in a sort of 'forgotten' or unappreciated role) get a chance to show what he can do.
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    2 QBs on the field?

    I recall this situation very well at the time and was one if the 76000 in the stadium. I attended nearly every home game Osborne coached. I remember the boos very well and there were a fairly loud chorus of them at the time. I recall reading the newspaper reporting afterwards and Osborne responding with some fairly sharp criticism of the fans 'for booing players' . Tom may have thought that was the case and perhaps a small minority of the fans were actually booing Frost but the fact is MOST of the boos were actually directed at Coach Osborne for benching London. They would have booed had he inserted the third string QB as well. London had played well and lead the team and sparked them from a rather lackluster effort from the game outset. Thew crowd disagreed with Tom taking London out - not with putting Frost in. This may seem nitpicky I guess but to me it is a very important distinction. I don't really ever remember the crowd ever booing an individual Husker player. The team - yes for lack of effort, etc. a few times. But never a player. Now the highly paid coaches? Yes. They've got it coming if the make boneheaded calls, etc.
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    Which type I-back do you prefer?

    I didn't find the actual statistic (most rushing TDs per attempt) by historical records for NU so I just looked over the career thousand yard rushers and would suggest the llist is weighted pretty heavily toward the powerful vs the speedy quick little ones. Note: we have had many RBs that possess both speed and power so they certainly qualify under the power category as it is ideal to have both. But arguably Nebraska coaches have elected to put the fastest POWERFUL runners out there over the speedy not so powerful ones. We've had dam few RBs who were not atleast 4.6 or faster so we really have few slow bruisers to consider in my view. POWER & SPEED and or QUICKNESS: Rozier, Green, R Craig, Dubose, Phillips, Bukhalter, Kinney, Orduna, T Davis, Dedrick, C Jones, Burkhead, plus almost all the fullbacks and many more backups etc at I back and full back (dozens more certainly). Ozigbo ought to be mentioned even though his career total yards is not all that exceptional. His YPC were notable on a losing team surely. SPEED / QUICKNESS w/little power: Helu, C Ross, D. Brown, T Rodgers, j Redwine, Rick Berns, IM Hipp, Reynolds, K Jones F Solich (arguably). Actually, one could make a case that Abdullah, K. Jones, IM Hipp maybe even Helu could be moved up the list, although one would not think of them as pile pushers. Don't know if it is fair to say someone like E. Crouch was not a powerful runner as he was 6 and 200 lbs and did run hard at times. NU has had very few smaller "scat' backs over the years so I am sure the most touchdowns were produced by powerful RBs historically Wandale Robinson and Mo Washington would seem to be more likely to end up in the latter group but their careers are just beginning and we don't know what size and so on they will end up being.
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    Which type I-back do you prefer?

    It's essential that your primary RB have power with ability to break tackles not just avoid them while it is a luxury to have a primary RB who can 'take it to the house' as they say with speed. The NFL is of course expecting to have both speed and power with a good dose of shake and bake and minimal fumbling, good blocking and etc. Frost's offense is different than Husker fans were used to under Devaney and Osborne and Solich. Frost uses speed, some elements of trickery and deception, and a sort of organized chaos to overwhelm the defense. It's sandlot football in many ways I think so he may not 'need' the powerful RB as much as the methodical physical force approach of BD, TO and FS. However, red zone scoring often requires the ability to exert one's will and simply 'cram the ball in there' using plain old smashmouth ball. You just can't get that from the smaller-less hefty- ball carriers. You need to be able to push the pile and finish the runs falling forward. That turns a short gain into a series of decent gains and most critically = first downs. Move the chains consistantly and you score TDs, you control the time of possession, you wear down the opposing defense and save your own defense, and you win games.
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    2 QBs on the field?

    I seem to recall Frost having a number of different "gimmicky or tricky plays last year. I believe we ran some rather nice looking 'statue of liberty' type plays and more than one where the RB was either throwing after the hand off or atleast appeared so inclined. Some of his bread and butter type plays could arguably have been considered gimmicky not that many years ago. As for having 2 QBs in the game at the same time, that has happened over many decades. I recall Crouch catching a pass for a long TD from our 3rd string QB vs. Oklahoma. It appears McCaffery is actually making a strong push for the QB spot, such that Adrian may actually have some real competition. This is great news for both those guys and even better for the team. If I am Frost, I view McCaffery as a vital piece of the puzzle which should allow Frost to use Adrian's running skills much more freely and frequently without being so afraid of losing his one and only QB. This will make the offense so much more lethal if opponents truly fear the QB run game - this is absolutely essential to a potent offense in my view. Hopefully we don't need Adrian to be a battering ram but at the same time, this will mean he can run hard and strong and minimize the slides and the runs out of bounds to avoid tackles. Adrian is big and strong and has some shake and bake so teams will have to make best efforts to bring him down or he'll make big plays out of the medium ones. This is the key. His heisman chances will grown exponentially if he plays with the all out fire and guts we know he is capable of.
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    Fall Camp Notes

    I am so happy to see them execute a pretty good looking 'option' play with QB and pitch RB both running in good alignment, sycrhony, etc. Good looking pitch and so on. Last year's spring game they couldn't even begin to run a tradtional option action play down the line and make a successful pitch. Now if we can see the QB reading the right defenders and the RB keep in good relative position to accept the pitch timely, this offense will add another 10 pts a game - even if we only run 4 or 5 pitch options a game. Those are great red zone plays - an area we really did poorly last year. You gotta love this addition. I also like those QB option passes after turning up field. Those are a rare sight today and can be big plays. Wandale looks electric and very quick. He maybe our best smaller RB.
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    DT Jamar Sekona [USC Commit]

    I agree with Frost that we need to recruit wherever the best players are that will fit our system and want to be Huskers. Both those requirements are critical. California has not been as fruitful for NU as other places east of the rockies. I would suggest that distance and travel challenges for players and their families are a big part of the problem. I don't think we 'need' to recruit the west coast to find plenty of talent but there is no reason not to recruit out there UNLESS the recruiting time and resources become spread too thin. The coaches spend huge amounts of time and money traveling, etc. so it only makes sense to focus or concentrate on geographic regions where they get the most bang for the buck. If you just stay east of the Rockies, you would still have literally thousands of excellent prospects to select from. However, we've had some good players from all over the country over the years. I would suspect the biggest single factor in having success in recruiting players from one or another region directly correlates to the relationships between coaches and the particular schools, coaches, families, etc. I would be shocked if one doesn't find that it is not so much the where but the who of the matter. They need to really focus on the legacy recruits and utilize any and all possible family ties, coaching connections, etc. No doubt they are trying everything possible. I am sure they are leaving no stone unturned - their jobs and futures depend on it.
  11. Why not add about 25 more female players to the football team as walk ons ? I am sure that would grab the headlines across the country and certainly shift the 'balance' of Title IX numbers dramatically. Who knows? Maybe we find a few that can actually contribute and no doubt it will make recruiting the males a lot easier too. LOL And these days, with the lunacy of the transgender rules, it may be that there really isn't any male or female athletes or sports for that matter - or in other words, not sure if Title IX is even applicable anymore since there really isn't a male or female - just whatever you feel like you want to be that day.
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    Huskers in 2019....

    Nice to hear from Tom as his opinion is one I trust when it comes to assessing the team's prospects. He was always one to understate and rarely ever used the term 'great' when speaking of any of his players or teams. When he did there was almost no question he knew what he was talking about. The 83 scoring explosion was aptly named in the spring before that offense took the field to rewrite the records. He knew exactly how good that offense would be. Interpreting the remarks Tom makes about the upcoming season and the future, he is quite right to attempt to dampen all the runaway hype and great expectations for this year. While there are reasons to hope and expect better things, it is just not very likely that Frost will 'release the Kraken' this fall. The big challenge for Frost and Company will be to keep the players' minds focused on steady improvement, working their butts off, and getting better. Win or lose each week, the players need to keep the long term goals of becoming a formidable team and program. It will be tricky to keep the players from getting too excited and then opening themselves up for the big fall if they lose a few games along the way. Just keep the focuse on playing one game at a time and see if they can win more than they lose. Never take an oppoent lightly nor should they be intimidated or fearful Have confidence but not be over confident. The mental aspects will be the most difficult part of coaching for Frost until the 'culture' of winning comes naturally as we are NEBRASKA FOOTBALL !
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    Duval's S&C - Year 2

    I would think there may have been more of a - let's don't tell our opponents just how fat, slow and out of shape our team really is - than the concern over embarrassing individual players. They could easily have reported out team totals, averages, position groups, or something similar. In these cases one would tend to supect that 'no news is bad news' on the topic of team athletic ability, strength, speed, etc. Surely, the team made gains in speed, body fat reduction, etc. It would be nice to hear atleast some team wide numbers to indicate the reality of the strength and conditioning program. Frost says we made major improvements in these areas. Give us some kind of numerical indication of the improvement if not the current status. We know the progress will continue. This is the beginning of year 2. Frost has only been in charge for about 18 months. By game kick off Sept 1, 2020, the improvement should be up near 90% of the way to having the team in the shape Frost expects. I would guess we're around 75% of the way - maybe - at the start of fall camp.
  14. I get how some say our schedule is somewhat easier than last year but the actual difference is not that much really. NON-CON: We drop off Akron but add S Alabama. We drop off Troy but add N. Illinois. Both those are basically a wash as they are home games. We move CU to Colorado so that suggests more difficulty. Bethune Cookman barely has a football team - that was a gimme for even 3-8 NU last year and maybe ought not even be counted. . CONFERENCE: Swap Michigan for Indiana and Maryland for Michigan State so I concede those are certainly less daunting but there are no 'gimmes' in the Big Ten. At Purdue, at Maryland, at Minne and at Illinois. That is 4 road games versus 5 home in conference so that is a net plus of a the home field advantage of perhaps a touchdown in one game. So, the net result is basically no significant difference in the home vs away balance. Last year we managed to win 3 games and lost 8 (again I don't count Bethune Cookman as more than a practice). Even allowing 2 more wins due to the marginally less difficult schedule, that is only 5 wins. Colorado on the road will be a toss up in all likelyhood and should not be viewed otherwise at this point with a returning QB and WR that tore us up last year. Finally, our opponents are not just sitting around idly while we are practiciing, lifting, and doing military special forces drills. They are recruiting, practicing, etc. as well. It really is quite amazing to see a large majority of pundits, media and far too many fans around the country suggesting the Huskers are going to be magically transformed from a below average - at best - team into some top ten monster that may win the Big Ten championship or even remotely have a shot at the playoffs. Adrian Martinez did not perform anywhere near a Heisman like level, although he played well for a freshman on a mediocre team. How much upside room does he have to improve ? Maybe a few less fumbles and a handful of better throws and a few less sacks. The dramatic improvement simply MUST come from the rest of the team making huge strides. Realistically, how likely? I think I've been thinking 8 wins but as I try to be realistic, our youth and inexperience will be a big handicap in some of these road games especially, 6 or 7 is a big jump from 3.
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    Holy $#@& Phil Steele

    I suspect this will be the youngest depth chart in thirty years and if Frost and Co have been recruting as well as we hope, then next year will be similar as the new blood will be getting on the field as redshirt frosh and sophs and juniors. This is the most important way to rebuild a program for the long termm - by bringing in athletes and getting them experience as development as soon as possible without destroying their self confidence etc. A true youth movement is going on in Lincoln and this bodes well for the future for many years to come. The short term effect of such a young team typically will be: highs and lows, errors and miscues, roller coaster emotions, etc. Big wins followed by head scratching disappointment. Our 0-6 start reflects both a new system with an entire new staff and schemes, etc. and a less than ideal work ethic and dedication to the mission by too many players. Even with some seniors and redshirt juniors with considerably collegiate experience, the team played like a bunch of rookies or lost boys. Both of these symptoms should be greatly reduced, although there will be some as we will be introducing another 20 or so raw and inexperienced 18 and 19 years olds in a 21 year old game.
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