Every college football program is dealing with the same situation right now. With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to keep things shut down across the country, coaches are relying on players to do what they can at home to stay in shape before eventually returning to campus for the start of the season.
Nebraska head coach Scott Frost says he’s encouraged by what he’s seen from his players during this time.
“I think we’re handling that as well as anybody,” Frost said on Sports Nightly. “I’m really confident in our guys’ conditioning right now and the fact that they’ve been able to continue to get work done. Obviously that’s a little bit easier here in Lincoln because this hasn’t been as bad in Nebraska as some other places. But we have an idea with every single one of our student-athletes what they’re doing, where they’re doing it, where they are, who they’re in contact with.
“For the kids that stayed in town, we know what’s going on with them. For the kids back home, we’re trying to help them find solutions to stay in shape. And I think our kids will be ready to come back and practice. For sure when the time’s right and especially if everything opens up on June 1. That’ll give us plenty of time to get a team ready to go to camp.”
Currently, the B1G has suspended all team activities through June 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The conference will make a decision at that time whether or not activities can resume at that time, or if an extension on the suspension will be needed.
Nebraska is entering a pivotal third year under Frost. While the program improved from a 4-8 record in 2018 to a 5-7 mark in 2019, the Huskers are hoping to return to the postseason for the first time since 2016 and take a big step in the right direction.
Having those spring practices would’ve been huge for the Huskers, but it’s a promising sign that Frost likes what he sees as far as conditioning from his team.