LINCOLN, Neb. The Nebraska football team practiced for approximately two hours on Thursday inside the Hawks Championship Center in helmets only.
Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media after practice to discuss how the team's week of preparation has gone.
"I think we had our best of week practice ever again. So, if our goal is to get better day by day, it's been a good week,” Frost said. “We're not super deep so we can't just run these guys into the ground. I think we've gone far enough making some improvements that we can afford to let the guys recover a little bit, and we'll try to be smart the rest of the year."
Frost was then asked to expand upon his belief that this was the team’s best week of practice.
"I've said a few times I think the Purdue game was a real turning point for us from a culture standpoint. Everybody seems happy, seems to be fighting together, seems to get what it takes to do the little things the right way, to give yourselves a chance," Frost explained. "The detail has been better, the efforts been better. Understanding what we're trying to accomplish scheme-wise is getting better. There's a lot of things that the guys have improved."
As for Saturday’s game at Northwestern, Frost was asked about the Huskers’ defensive approach against a Northwestern team who ran the ball only eight times in a win over No. 19 Michigan State last week. The Wildcats are without the services of starting running back Jeremy Larkin, who retired due to injury.
"I don't want to say they're going to be one-dimensional because they've been a really good running team before,” Frost said. “I don’t know how much of the run versus pass ratio for them (was) their situation or how much of it was the teams they were playing. We’ve got to be good against the run. Wins start with being able to run the ball and stop the run. I don't really think they're going to be one-dimensional. If they are (one-dimensional) then we need to do a good job in the pass game, and they're really efficient at that."
Nebraska will finish preparations with a helmets-only walk-through on Friday. The Huskers face off against Northwestern on Saturday at 11 a.m. C with the Big Ten Network providing television coverage.