College football has always been cyclical.
It seems like just yesterday: Scott Frost was leading the Nebraska Cornhuskers to a 42-17 win over the Tennessee Volunteers and a share of the 1997 national championship.
Today, the 36-year-old Frost walks the sidelines of the Oregon Ducks. He is frequently in the same shots as head coach Chip Kelly.
After seeing Oregon put up astonishing offensive statistics this past season and the struggles Nebraska is having scoring points, it could be the perfect time for Frost to return to Lincoln.
His coaching career is young. He helped Nebraska prepare for the Independence Bowl in 2002 as a graduate assistant. He then travelled to Kansas State in the same capacity in 2006 following a brief NFL career.
His first assistant coaching position was at Northern Iowa.
After two years as a linebackers coach with an eventual promotion to co-defensive coordinator, he found his way to Eugene working with Oregon’s wide receivers.
The Cornhuskers offensive concepts haven’t been the main problem; it’s clear what Nebraska wants to do can work, but there needs to be a change in lesson plan.
Catching the ball has been a crap-shoot for Cornhusker receivers lately.
The offense is too dependent on a single quarterback and line’s wide splits set Nebraska up for trouble against even a three-man rush.
Washington was able to exploit this in the 2010 Holiday Bowl.
Frost knows about teaching proper technique.
Oregon wide receiver Jeff Maehl caught 77 passes for 1,076 yards and 12 TDs in 2010. Four other receivers caught at least three touchdowns.
Nebraska’s output is a stark contrast with senior Niles Paul as the leading receiver, with 516 yards this past season.
Junior Brandon Kinnie and sophomore tight end Kyler Reed were the Cornhuskers only true scoring threats as receivers with five and eight touchdowns, respectively.
The Nebraska native wouldn’t just be bringing a new take on offense, either.
Four four-star prospects* (wide receivers Devon Blackmon, Tacoi Sumler, Rahsaan Vaughn and quarterback Jerrard Randall) are all committed to Oregon, thanks to Frost’s efforts.
His offensive knowledge combined with his knack for recruiting is reason enough for Nebraska to pursue him.
If nothing else, he should be given the opportunity to work alongside current offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who appears to be struggling mightily.
The Cornhuskers currently have at least one coaching spot open with the departure of Mike Ekeler.
Bo Pelini’s competitive fire works wonders for the defensive side of the ball; Frost would provide that same spirit on the offensive side of the ball.
Such a combination could provide the perfect storm for Nebraska’s future opposition.
*All rankings by Rivals.com.
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