All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.
In Monday's episode, Carriker talks about what to expect Nebraska's offense to look like under coach Scott Frost.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, where each and every day we check on the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
Ladies and gentlemen, she's back, my 2-year old twin daughter, Dakota. Are you excited to do the show? (Yeah!) Alright, can you say, "hi" to the fine folks at home? (Go Nebraska.)
Alright, go Nebraska, that works too. But today, should we dive right into it? (Yeah!) Alright. Today I want to talk about what Husker fans can expect from the Scott Frost offense going forward into this season and into the years to come.
What can you expect? Spread, spread offense. You're going to have wide receivers all over the field; you're going to have speed, you're going to have flex tight ends; you're going to have a fast-paced offense, quick, high-percentage throws for the quarterbacks, a lot of screens, a lot more plays - they ran almost 1,000 plays last year. In this fast-paced, Scott Frost offense, a lot more points as well you can expect. Now it's going to be a young quarterback whoever the starting quarterback is this year, so points may be down a little because there's going to be a learning curve, there's going to be some mistakes, it's going to happen. We're going to grow, ladies and gentlemen.
There's also going to be some big, funky-looking signs on the sideline. How they call their plays is they hold up these big, gigantic signs. There's going to be pictures of Daffy Duck; there's going to be pictures of Harry Potter characters, Lou Holtz, and one of those boards is going to mean something. It's going to be the play that they're calling, and that's something that's going to be interesting. I think Husker fans are going to find it entertaining this upcoming season.
Now, are they going to run some of the old-school, Nebraska-type offense because you know that Scott Frost loves it. I don't know that he wants to complicate his offense too much the first season. But are they going to run the ball? Oh yeah. They ran the ball almost 55 percent of the time a season ago. Now as far as time of possession, Chip Kelly, who Scott Frost learned under, tries to snap the ball every 18 seconds. Scott Frost is more in the 20s. Alright, so their time of possession was almost 29 minutes per game, which pretty good considering Chip Kelly's offense, who Frost learned under, is like in the mid to low-20s per game. So they're going to be a little bit more methodical with their fast-paced offense. It's going to be high-energy. It's not going to be boring. You're going to see an aggressive attitude. You're going to see fourth down attempts. They attempted almost 20, almost twice a game, 20 fourth downs a year ago. A fairly balanced offense as well. They had 38 passing touchdowns, 39 running touchdowns as well.
Now, can you stand up here, sweetheart? Alright, now let's talk to them about some of the stats. Last year, Scott Frost's offense averaged over 48 points per game, No. 1 in the entire nation, just under 200 yards rushing a game, ladies and gentlemen, they're going to run the football, I'm telling you. And Nebraska averaged just over 100 yards rushing a season ago. And Scott Frost's offense last year completed 68 percent of their passes, the Huskers only completed 57 percent by comparison. And Scott's offense a year ago averaged 531 yards of total offense per game. Now it's going to take some time to get to the same level and these same levels of stats and points and whatever. We've got to build the foundation. We're going to start next year. What it's going to be, and what you can expect is explosiveness and a fun offense to watch.
Alright, can you say, 'bye"? (Bye.) Until next time, Go Big Red, and always remember to throw the bones! Yeah!