Nebraska football head coach Scott Frost seems to be a pretty straight shooter and that’s a major plus. Football itself is a pretty black and white game when it comes down to it. Either you can start or you don’t. Either you can play a role or you can’t. Ultimately, either you fit a program or its just not for you.
While the Huskers’ roster is experiencing a good deal of turnover lately, there seems to be a lack of animosity from those moving on. That’s not the easiest move to pull off for a new coach molding what they were given into what they want to see in the future. Former Nebraska quarterback Patrick O’Brien was actually at this year’s Red-White Spring Game embracing his now ex-teammates after announcing he’d be moving on.
Most recently, linebacker Willie Hampton was granted a release from his scholarship after a conversation with Frost. Nebraska’s head man said he’d be discussing the futures of his players with each individual on his team following spring ball and he’s making good on that.
— willie Hampton (@WillH_C30) May 30, 2018
In addition to O’Brien and Hampton, wide receiver Keyan Williams, tight end Matt Snyder, offensive lineman Bryan Brokop, linebacker Andrew Ward and others have chosen to move on. There are reports that at least one or two current Huskers may also choose to depart the football program whether by transfer or sticking around to pursue academics like Snyder and Brokop.
Another positive is that Frost is doing what coaches should be doing in guiding these young men in the proper direction. If they feel they can still contribute to the sport but the opportunities they’re looking for aren’t in Lincoln, they’re given free rein to find other ones and are likely assisted by the football staff in doing so.
As previously mentioned, Brokop and Snyder chose the academic route. The latter is already very close to graduation which makes the decision an easy one, though Brokop is only a redshirt sophomore.
Perhaps there’s just not enough love for the game in his heart and that’s a very difficult decision where a player must choose between what he may want and what’s best for the program.
Finally, while the roster is in temporary flux, the openings provided by individuals such as Ward and Snyder might look very tantalizing to recruits such as Omaha, Neb. prospects Nick Heinrich and tight end Chris Hickman, both four-star prospects out of Burke High School. Securing those two would give Nebraska commitments from all top recruits in the state in this class.
With the room being made, look for Nebraska to sign a full class this cycle. Selling immediate playing time should only prove more interesting to recruits, especially as they see how they could contribute to the Huskers’ future while watching Frost’s schemes this fall.
There are still baby steps being taken under Frost thus far, but so far, any wobbling has quickly been righted.