Rapid Reaction: Frost updates quarterback situation and Huskers’ search for 12th game

September 14, 2018
Nebraska coach Scott Frost watches his team warm up before their game against Colorado on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Adrian Martinez has, “improved every day,” this week, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost told told reporters Thursday after the team completed its non-padded practice, but a decision on his availability against Troy will not be made until Saturday morning.

Frost said the final decision on the freshman quarterback could be made even in the moments before kickoff and that the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder will go through warmups to help determine how much he is able to handle.

Martinez will have to prove he is ready physically and the team medical personnel will also have to determine that he is able to protect himself and is not at risk of reinjury, per Frost.

In the meantime, Frost said Thursday he is happy with the way Andrew Bunch has handled taking the repetitions with the No. 1 offense this week.

“Everything we want to do with our offense he does pretty well,” Frost said. ... “With added reps this week, he was reminding me why he was at least in the conversation at the beginning of camp and through spring ball.

*** Frost also said his strong preference is to play a makeup game on Oct. 27 rather than Dec. 1.

“I don’t want to schedule a game for December because I think we’re going to have a chance to be in the (Big Ten) championship game,” Frost said. “Scheduling a game in December, I don’t want our kids thinking that we’re not going to be in the championship game. We need to be in the championship game.”

Many people have pointed out that Central Florida shares an open date with NU. Frost was at least open to the idea of playing his former team.

“We’ll play whoever they get us to play,” Frost said. “I know UCF doesn’t have a true bye week (they play Thursday the following week). The hardest part for me is if anybody on either team got hurt or anything bad happened to any kid on either team, I’d be broken-hearted. I still love those kids that are playing down there at UCF so much. I’m rooting for them.

“It would be a great game. I think it would be an evenly matched game of two really good teams, but personally, I’d cringe a little when our defensive end hit their quarterback, and that’s not how you want to go into a game.”

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