Husker head coach Scott Frost and several of his players spoke to the media Monday to discuss the loss to Iowa on Black Friday, and this Saturday’s game at Purdue. Coach Frost said, despite the teams struggles and lack of success, he doesn’t think he has a problem keeping them engaged, saying “they’re hungry”, but also noting they still have some little mistakes to correct. Quarterback Adrian Martinez agreed with his coach, saying once again it came down to doing the little things right. But he said he is confident those mistakes will be cleaned up. “It’s about grit,” Martinez said. “. . . All we have is Purdue this week and we have to make the most of it.” The 1-and-4 Huskers travel to West Lafayette, Indiana Saturday for a game against Purdue. The Boilermakers dropped their 3rd straight game Saturday, losing at home to Rutgers 37-30. The Huskers and Boilermakers are set to kickoff Saturday morning at 11:00.
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– The Huskers are set to host Minnesota in two weeks, but the Gophers just canceled their second straight game due to COVID-19. The Gophers have reported 47 new cases in the last 12 days, with 26 of those being staff members. Frost said he hopes Nebraska can play the final three games because he feels his team needs each opportunity and all of the practices that come with it. With that in mind, senior safety Deontai Williams said the Huskers don’t want to take any game for granted, adding “We’re just trying to cherish this moment as a whole.” “We’re just playing for our pride,” Williams said. “You put in all this work all season. It’s no need to hang your head now.”
– Frost announced that freshman wide receiver Marcus Fleming is not with the team anymore. Fleming appeared in four games this year, but did not travel for Friday’s game against Iowa. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Fleming was a 4-star recruit out of Miami, Florida. Nebraska has so far had five departures from the 2020 recruiting class. All of them have come from the Florida area, and Fleming becomes the fourth from the Miami area alone. Defensive back Henry Gray transferred to Florida International in May. Defensive back Jaiden Francois transferred to UCF, linebacker Keyshawn Greene went to FAU, and defensive back Ronald Delancy III recently announced he was putting his name in the portal.
– Martinez said he doesn’t think the current generation of players likes to be yelled at publicly, but Nebraska’s culture is a little bit about “tough love.” While he believes in a blend overall, he personally prefers to be coached hard.
– Frost said the snapping issues need to get fixed but he is not considering moving Cam Jurgens to different position. He said he’s “too good of a player” to move. “Cam cares as much as anyone on the team so he wants to get it fixed,” Frost said.
The Nebraska men’s basketball team will look to improve to 3-and-1 on the season tonight with a game against the University of South Dakota. Now 0-2 on the season, the Coyotes roster includes former Kearney High Bearcat Kanon Koster. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for tonight at 8:00.
The Nebraska women’s basketball team opens their season Friday with a home game against Oral Roberts. Tipoff at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 6:00 that evening.
The UNK basketball teams return to action Saturday hosting long time rival Fort Hays State. The women will tipoff at 2:00, the men at 4:00.
The Tri-City Storm’s game at Lincoln Saturday was cancelled. The Storm open a three-game homestand Friday with a game against the Omaha Lancers.
Opening Week for High School Winter Sports:
– KHS Bowling vs. NSAA Unified District Tourney – 11:00 @ Big Apple
– State Championships @ TBA – Monday, Dec. 7th
– KHS Swimming & Diving @ Triangular – 3:00 @ Hastings YMCA
– KHS Girl’s Basketball vs. Bellevue East – 6:00 @ KHS
– KHS Boy’s Basketball vs. Bellevue East – 7:45 @ KHS
– KCHS Girl’s Basketball @ Sutton – 5:00
– KCHS Boy’s Basketball @ Sutton – 6:30
– KHS Swimming & Diving @ Hastings Invite – 9:00 @ Hastings YMCA
– KHS Girl’s Basketball vs. TBA – TBA @ South Sioux City
– KHS Boy’s Basketball vs. TBA – TBA @ Bellevue East
– KCHS Girl’s Basketball vs. Holdrege – 3:45
– KCHS Boy’s Basketball vs. Holdrege – 5:00
– KHS Wrestling Invite – 10:30 @ KHS
– KCHS Wrestling @ Broken Bow Invite – 9:30