Nebraska’s spring game will be a traditional one on Saturday.
Head coach Scott Frost said after Tuesday’s practice that the annual Red-White scrimmage will be a normal game format during the first half, and then a running clock in the second half until the last five minutes in the fourth quarter.
The assistant coaches will call plays, while Frost will mainly be an observer. As for the teams, Frost said the majority of first-team players will be on one side, and the rest of the roster will be on another.
In terms of health, Nebraska is in a bit of trouble this week. Frost said there’s “a pretty good virus” going around the team that’s forced a number of players to miss practice over the last several days, including sophomore receiver J.D. Spielman.
No players have been ruled out of the spring game at this time due to illness.
In terms of what’s happened on the field, progress this spring has been encouraging for Frost, but the work doesn’t stop after the spring game.
The decision on a starting quarterback won’t come for “a long time,” according to Frost. The staff won’t evaluate a starter until sometime in fall camp to give all of the QBs a chance to better understand the offensive scheme.
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said he’s still looking for a go-to, vocal leader on the field after Saturday’s practice. It appears that Frost is still looking for that to develop as well.
One player looking to show strong leadership is senior defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun. He’s playing in his final spring game on Saturday, and he wants to leave a lasting example that younger players can learn from.
Junior linebacker Mohamed Barry wants to be go-to guy defensively as well, and he sees the spring game as a chance to make a strong impression.
Sophomore receiver Jaevon McQuitty missed all of last season with injury, but believes sitting out a year and playing in this new offense will help thrive both in the spring game and the regular season.