CHICAGO – At Central Florida last year, Scott Frost led the Golden Knights to a 14-0 record and Peach Bowl victory while engineering a quick-hitting offense that averaged 48.2 points per game.
So, when Frost, a former quarterback, left Orlando to become coach at Nebraska, his alma mater, would his priority be skill-position players to resurrect a proud program that had fallen on hard times?
Nope, he wants bigger and stronger Cornhuskers on the offensive line, like Nebraska had in the 1980s and ’90s.
“Nobody had better offensive lines for 20 years than Nebraska had,’’ Frost said Monday at Big Ten media days. “A lot of them were Midwest kids, and they’re still there. We put them in the strength and conditioning programs, and by the time they hit the field, they looked like grown men. That hasn’t existed at Nebraska for a while. It’s not an overnight change. You have to rebuild the pipeline.
Frost’s first model to follow is the Tom Osborne-coached Huskers. But he’s got another, newer example — Wisconsin.
“I’ve said this a lot: Barry Alvarez is a Nebraska guy,’’ Frost said of the former Badgers coach and current athletic director. “A lot of what Wisconsin is is the Nebraska model. They’ve been out-Nebraska-ing Nebraska. We’re here to fix that.’’
Fixing the Huskers, who were 4-8 last year under Mike Riley, is a job Frost embraces, saying Nebraska “belongs in the upper echelon of college football.’’ It’s not there now, but Frost gave a warning.
“People better get us now, because we’re going to keep getting better.”