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Big Ten teleconference: Scott Frost 'a long way' from naming Nebraska's starting quarterback

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Nebraska head coach Scott Frost appeared on the Big Ten coaches teleconference for the first time Wednesday.

In general, he said the team isn't where coaches want them to be but he's seen improvements throughout the first half of spring football. 

In terms of picking a starting quarterback, Frost said it may come down to "a gut" feeling.

"Yeah, sometimes it’s a gut feeling, and a lot of times it really defines itself with all the reps we get at practice, it usually becomes pretty clear," Frost said. "We’re a long way from deciding that, but we’re definitely continuing to look at that position and getting to know them better."

The four quarterbacks vying for that starting spot are sophomore Patrick O'Brien, redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia, true freshman Adrian Martinez and sophomore walk-on Andrew Bunch. The coaching staff has been tight-lipped about where each of those quarterbacks stands through eight spring practices.

“Gebbia’s doing some good things running and throwing,” Frost said after practice on Tuesday. “Pat can really throw it and is doing a good job learning it. Bunch has been doing a really good job as a walk-on here. Adrian Martinez is showing signs of being really talented." 

Some other notes from Frost's teleconference: 

>> Frost said the hardest position to develop during the spring is probably quarterback.

"Because they have so much to manage and have to know more things than everyone else, and sometimes it takes the offense and the quarterbacks a little longer to come around," Frost said.

>> More than anything, Frost thinks the excitement surrounding the spring game sellout was based on having "Nebraska people" back in charge. He reiterated he wasn't all that surprised the game did sell out.

"We're going to have a sellout for our spring game just like we've had for every home game since 1962," Frost said.

>> Official visits in the spring are not a priority for Nebraska, Frost said. He’d much rather have a player commit in the fall after visiting for a game than visit in the spring and commit in the summer.

“I want kids to be able to come and experience what a game is like here,” Frost said. “I’m also personally not crazy about getting too many kids committed in May and June.”

He added: “When a kid commits here I want it to be final, I want them to be done looking. We’re gonna be committed to them and not yank their scholarship if someone better wants to come or if they get hurt, if a kid belongs to us they’re ours and we’re gonna honor that and if a kid commits to us we expect them to honor that as well. So sometimes getting a kid committed early leads to a long haul and making sure they stay committed all the way through December or February.”

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Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email:

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