Red Report: Miller ‘doubtful’ to play again this season; defenses keying in on Wan’Dale; patience for true freshmen | Football

“Whatever I have to do to win, that’s what we need to do,” he said.

Raising the physical bar: Following a humbling 41-23 loss to Illinois, the Huskers raised the physicality level Monday in practice, senior linebacker JoJo Domann said.

Frost said the energy level was “way better” as the Huskers prepare for Iowa, Friday’s opponent.

“Other than trying to get guys to play hard and practice hard, we didn’t do as well as I wanted last week and the execution wasn’t what we wanted,” Frost said. “We didn’t change practice. I just think the intensity is better and that’s what we need when we’re playing any game, especially Iowa.”

A shorter week: Outside of a nice meal on Thursday, Frost said the Huskers will treat Thursday like a normal Friday.

Frost also spoke on the challenges that come with the Thanksgiving week contest.

“We’re (looking) through right now how many guys we can let go home, (but) if we go home and get some guys with the virus, that could put the rest of the season in jeopardy,” the third-year coach said. “I’m sure our guys after this long haul are ready to go see family, but we’ve got a couple more games to play, so we’re trying to work through that schedule right now.”

Patience for freshmen: The frustration of a 41-23 loss to Illinois also was felt within the Huskers’ freshman class Saturday.

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