Monday Morning Quarterback: What is the bigger priority for Husker football in 2020?
|With spring practice kicking off for the football Huskers this week, there are a lot of questions to be answered for the team. After a disappointing 5-7 finish in 2019, and an overall 9-15 in his first two years, Coach Frost is under the gun to get the Huskers above .500 in 2020 in what is going to be a very challenging schedule in the second half of the season.
For the here and now on offense, there is a new offensive coordinator, an experienced offensive line, a running back in Dedrick Mills who averaged over 5 yards a carry, and a breakout multi-purpose back in Wan’dale Robinson. On the downside, wide receiver JD Spielman is missing spring practice and at this point questionable for this season, leaving the Huskers with only four returning scholarship wide receivers. The big question is at quarterback – does Adrian Martinez come back from his injury and play at the level expected last year, or does Frost hand off the reins to Luke McCaffrey sooner than later?
On the defensive side, the majority of the starters from last year are returning, except for big questions on the D-line which lost 3 of the starters. The secondary in particular is expected to be improved from its play last year. A third year of Frost’s emphasis on strength and conditioning should help against the opposing Big Ten O-lines, especially at linebacker where the Huskers were quick last year but had a tough time containing the bigger backs in the league.
Definitely a lot on Frost’s plate. What do you think is the biggest challenge and top priority for the Huskers this year?