Stryker Pregame Perspective: Signs of Spring
A four-game losing streak to finish a dismal 4-8 season predicted a long, cold winter for Nebraska football fans, and that’s exactly what we got, although the hiring of Scott Frost infused enough energy into Husker Nation to prompt the first-ever sellout for the spring game.
So to get a jump on what Cornhusker fans are thinking these days, I dusted off the Pregame Perspective for the Red-White scrimmage.
I asked this question of 100 Husker fans on a cloudy, drizzly Saturday morning: “What do you most want to see at today’s spring game?” Some said, “Sunshine,” but I ignored them and pressed for answers from five preset choices.
The answers were rather evenly split.
• Effort/discipline/pace: 35 percent
• New/better attitude: 30 percent
• Quarterback competition: 18 percent
• Offense/position battles: 11 percent
• Defense/position battles: 6 percent
Concern about the Blackshirt defense was evident everywhere I went.
“Actual tackling,” and “Intensity and tackling” were common answers. “Intensity” and “physicality” were mentioned, as were “work ethic” and “fundamentals.”
Those who focused on better attitude had answers like this: “Energy on the sidelines,” “Players standing and not sitting on the bench,” and “It might not happen today, but I want to see a culture shift.”
“Touchdowns and pancakes,” said an eager Husker fan.
Another red-clad man had one request that for him, signaled the end of winter.
“I want to see Scott Frost on the sideline.”