Scott Frost hasn’t changed his mentality much now that he enters his second season as the head coach at Nebraska.
When Frost first arrived, he talked about creating a winning culture in Lincoln, one that used to be relevant in the Tom Osborne days that has since evaporated. It was a struggle to get his team to that point a year ago, but has seen significant progress as the Huskers prepare for the 2019 season.
On Monday, Frost joined the Jim Rome Show to talk about the importance of culture and the type of progress the program has made over the last year.
“I want our kids to feel like that they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves,” Frost said on the program.
Nebraska started the 2018 season 0-6 and battled constant frustration. Silly penalties, players dancing on the sidelines during losses and a slew of guys leaving the program hindered the Huskers early in the year. But things changed after a 42-28 loss to Purdue, when team captains “demanded change” for the program.
“By the end of the year, we were battling and playing together and loving each other,” Frost said.
Already, that shift in culture at the end of the year has created momentum for Nebraska in 2019. Even the national media is buying in. Several outlets peg the Huskers to be a top 25 team next fall and believe they can challenge for a B1G West title.
Another reason for optimism was Frost’s success in his first two years at UCF. After a 6-7 campaign in his first year in Orlando, Frost guided the Knights to a 13-0 record, including a Peach Bowl victory over Auburn.
Nebraska fans are hoping to see similar results in Lincoln. So is Frost.
“I would love to see a leap forward in year two here,” Frost said.
Nebrask opens the 2019 season at home against South Alabama on Saturday, Aug. 31.