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Matt Davison speaks of Husker unity as anticipation builds for Scott Frost’s first season

August 24, 2018

Bill Moos is confident. Matt Davison is antsy.

Both are ready for football.

The athletic director and associate athletic director for football spoke to about 400 Husker fans in an Embassy Suites in La Vista Friday afternoon. It was their second stop on a Husker preseason football tour after speaking in Lincoln on Thursday.

Moos’ and Davison’s talking points were mostly the same. The program, they said, is moving in the right direction.

“We’re gonna build this thing right,” Moos said. “Everybody is doing their job. Everyone is contributing, including the fans, and the scoreboard will end up telling the story. It may not be overnight but we’ll have it built right.”

Davison, in his new role, is now at every practice so he has a pretty good idea of where the team stands. Fans took advantage of that, asking about the offensive line, mental toughness and if the Huskers will compete in the fourth quarter.

Davison wouldn’t budge on questions about the quarterback battle or when Blackshirts will be handed out. He did say, though, that there’s a sense of unity within the walls of Memorial Stadium that’s not been felt in some time.

“I can tell you everyone feels that same unity in the building,” Davison said. “And the guys that had never been to Nebraska, some of our coaching staff, they already love Nebraska.”

Davison said it feels similar to how it felt when he was in college in the 1990s.

“Everybody is just so excited to get going and to see where we can take this thing,” Davison said.

Moos, as he’s done at most of these talks, put Nebraska up against the best in college football, saying the Huskers are on a trajectory to be on the same playing field as USC, Texas and Alabama. He said he expects Nebraska to hold its own against Michigan and the rest of the Big Ten this year. That confidence comes from what he’s seen out of Scott Frost and his staff, particularly with what they did in Orlando.

“I felt UCF dominated (Auburn),” Moos said of the Peach Bowl victory. “That was coaching. And motivation. And at the same time, that staff put together a top-25 recruiting class at Nebraska. That’s pretty amazing.”

Some other notes from the talk:

» Davison said the retirement of Tre Bryant from football is a big blow for the Huskers. He expected Bryant to play a lot this season.

“Tre is one of those stories that is a sad story because the kid has done so much to get back on the field,” Davison said. “He simply had a bad knee that wasn’t getting any better.”

» Moos is doing everything in his power to get Nebraska’s roster up to 150 players. He said the athletic department will “do what it needs” in terms of being Title IX compliant.

» Davison said proof of this staff’s unity is in the meeting room. Coaches allow other coaches to pitch ideas and even coach other position groups. They also have robust conversations and can disagree with each other and respectfully come to a conclusion.