Scott Frost’s second year at the Nebraska helm was in many ways more disappointing than his first. The team went 5-7 and missed bowl eligibility for the second year in a row despite preseason projections having them as Big Ten West contenders.
With their season now over, post-mortem analysis of the 2019 campaign is underway. And FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt thinks he knows where the real weakness of the Huskers bore out.
On Wednesday’s edition of The B1G Show, Klatt asserted that Nebraska’s biggest weakness has been at the line of scrimmage. He stated that if Nebraska can’t get the right recruits on the offensive and defensive lines, then their proficiency at skill positions ultimately won’t matter.
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“I’m going to tell you the exact same thing I did about Michigan: they’re not good enough at the line of scrimmage. Period.
“It doesn’t matter who you recruit from a skill-position standpoint, it doesn’t even really matter who your quarterback is if you can’t block anybody and you can’t stop anybody from a defensive line perspective. That’s where Scott Frost has gotta get better…
Klatt added that he believes Frost is still “the right guy for the job.” But he noted that Frost needs to keep recruiting better than the team has before.
“Let’s also keep in mind: they are trying to recoup from years of poor recruiting, and it’s going to take a couple of cycles… I still expect and believe Frost is the right guy for the job, and in a couple of years it will be there.”
Nebraska is currently on a three-year run without bowl eligibility – their longest drought since the 1960s.
Klatt is in good company as far as confidence in Frost’s ability to turn it around goes. The team gave him a contract extension in the middle season, so they’re in with Frost for the long haul.