Huskers fall practice, Day 5, 8/8

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost stands with his whistle ready during warm-ups at a practice at Hawks Championship Center in early August.

First-year Nebraska football coach Scott Frost said Friday he's happy with his team's improvement since spring.

"It's amazing how far guys have come," he told reporters following the Huskers' seventh practice of preseason camp.

His comments echoed praise from his assistant coaches during the course of the week.

However, Frost wasn't so effusive in his praise of the quarterbacks, saying he would like to see them farther ahead. The last few days have been OK, he said, "but we have to make quicker decisions out there."

Of freshman QB Adrian Martinez, Frost said he's been "great at times, but other times it's like it's moving too fast for him."

Frost said coaches will adjust practice repetitions for the quarterbacks and all other positions after a scrimmage in the near future.

Meanwhile, freshman running back Maurice Washington continues to draw praise from coaches and players alike. Frost said the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Washington, who just arrived in Lincoln last week, has made "probably a dozen big plays, spectacular plays" so far in camp.

As for returning running backs, Frost said senior Devine Ozigbo is "at least a step faster" than he was in the spring.

Frost also addressed the situation of the only two scholarship players who weren't part of the 110-man roster for preseason camp. Sophomore outside linebacker Quayshon Alexander has an unspecified injury that will sideline him all season. In addition, senior outside linebacker Sedrick King is dealing with "personal things," Frost said, and is back home in Florida.

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Husker columnist

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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