Spring Football in the Books – Works Doesn’t Stop Here

Spring Football in the Books – Works Doesn’t Stop Here
Adrian Martinez dives at the pylon for his third rushing touchdown of the game. (Matt Dixon / World-Herald News Service)

Head coach Scott Frost has been on the job at Nebraska for more than four months, but nothing has been more memorable or surreal for him than the first time he walked out of the tunnel with his team on Saturday.

With spring football in the books, Frost likes where his team is at, but told his team the work doesn’t stop here.

While the spring game gave the fans a taste on who some of the main contributors might be this coming season, Frost and his staff aren’t going to think about depth charts until some time in fall camp.

One player that could be high on a depth chart is freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez. The 18-year-old played like a veteran Saturday, racking up 174 all-purpose yards and four all-purpose touchdowns.

Martinez wasn’t sure how he’d handle playing on that big of stage for the first time, but he settled in quickly.

Redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia also played well, completing 12-of-17 passes for 125 yards and two scores. Gebbia says he and three other quarterbacks in the room all had their moments this spring, and they all have areas to improve.

While all four QBs compete against each other each day, Martinez says the comradarie and support in their position group helps each one of them succeed and get better.

Nebraska has one final practice on Monday morning to close out spring ball. After that, Coach Frost will meet with each player one-on-one to go over what they’ve accomplished and where they still have to grow.

Offensive coordinator Troy Walters says the summer will mainly be about studying the playbook and having players continue to make gains in the weight room.

Martinez doesn’t believe the team will lose any of their progress made this spring, thanks to both the buy-in and leadership that’s been developed.