Huskers say goodbye to hectic week off, focus on Wisconsin

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – The Nebraska football team is “pushing”, according to Adrian Martinez. The junior quarterback says it’s been a tough week for many players following the sacking of four assistant coaches.

“Guys obviously weren’t jumping up and down about it,” Martinez said. “Relationships have been formed over the past four years and it’s difficult for the players, the coaches and everyone. There is a period of adaptation.

Martinez’s positional coach Mario Verduzco was among the fired coaches. The veteran QB says he is “forever grateful” to Verduzco, and adds the two will maintain their relationship. The other coaches who are no longer with the Huskers are Ryan Held, Matt Lubick and Greg Austin. Meanwhile, Scott Frost will remain Nebraska’s head coach until the 2021 season after accepting a restructured contract.

“It was a great relief to know what was going on and what was going to happen,” said second defensive end Casey Rogers. “I’m so excited he’s coming back. I think Coach Frost is building something really special here.

Frost has elevated four staff to interim coaching positions for the Huskers’ last two games, including former running backs coach Ron Brown. The Huskers, who are 3-7, travel to Wisconsin on Saturday.

“It will say a lot about our character on how we compete in these next two games,” said senior tight end Austin Allen. “There’s an opportunity for someone to just throw in the towel or there’s an opportunity to show the guys what it means to finish.”

Nebraska’s next game in Wisconsin is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on ABC. The Huskers conclude the regular season on Nov. 26 against Iowa.

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