Beck, Frost trade notes

2013-08-20T09:54:00Z 2013-08-20T20:13:09Z Beck, Frost trade notesBy STEVEN M. SIPPLE / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR

You'll hear on occasion that Tim Beck consults with Scott Frost about offense, and vice versa.

There's truth to it. And it makes sense. Nebraska and Oregon's fast-paced, no-huddle systems have similarities. Beck calls the plays for the Huskers, and Frost has the keys to the Ducks' offense.

Beck says he has talked to Frost on occasion.

"I've talked to Scott a couple times, but nothing like, 'Hey, we run this play, you need to run it,'" Beck said. "It might be, 'Hey, by the way, if they blitz, do you read this (defender)?'

"It's nothing mind-shattering."

Oregon has ranked in the top 10 in scoring and total offense each of the past three years. The 38-year-old Frost, in his fifth year at the school, takes over as play-caller this season in the wake of Chip Kelly's move to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Huskers and Ducks' systems have significant differences.

"They don't do as much of the power reads," Beck said. "They're more lateral. A lot more zone. They just play fast. They have some good, fast guys."

Beck kind of chuckled. He knew he was stating the obvious.

Nebraska and Oregon have one major aspect in common: Of the top 30 teams last season in total offense, only four also were among the top 10 in rushing offense: Nebraska, Oregon, Tulsa and Nevada.

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Steven M. Sipple

Steven M. Sipple

Steven is the Husker sports columnist for the Lincoln Journal Star.

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