Husker Football: How do you define success in 2020?

Husker football is almost here!

I alluded to it last week. I’ve ruminated about it since. I define success as 5-3 from a team perspective. If you had the non-conference Husker schedule to add in, then it would be 9-3. If it weren’t COVID chaos this year I wouldn’t pick that number. What ‘m getting at is we are a HUGE success if we get to play all those games, let alone win them.

That being said (or written) I think success is also defined as QB Adrian Martinez being the freshman, and not the sophomore, as far as his play is concerned.  He definitely has more weapons in his arsenal. It seemed like it was only Wan’Dale Robinson and Dedrick MIlls last season.  Now there are a bunch of receivers in the waiting. Do you call a group of receivers a gaggle? a herd? a bevy of Husker beasts? I’ll check on that and get back to you.

LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers warms up before the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium on November 29, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Husker success is also going to be measured in my mind as hearing some of the defensive players names during the season in positive ways. For example, linebacker Collin Miller have a ton of tackles. In a perfect world we would have the linemen not even notice the departure of the Davis twins. I’m ready to hear about why all the great hype videos and production in the weight room by Coach Duval has paid off in Ws.

For the O-line I want to hear references to the “pipeline” being back, or almost back. This again will largely depend on chemistry and the gains in the weight room. I think giving Adrian Martinez time to throw is also a collateral part of success. Running for your life is never pleasant, let alone trying to read coverages as you do it.

I want to hear that the B1G has changed their mind and each venue can choose to have fans in the stands. Yes, stay off my lawn Kevin Warren. I don’t care how cold or blustery it is in Lincoln, butts would fill the available seats. In the meantime, if you feel like donating to the cause, you can have your cardboard cut out put there. PS – Husker Marketing, let it be known you will sell stadium cups outside Memorial Stadium on game day. It will work.

Lagniappe: (Louisiana for just a lil somethin’ extra) Kade Warner now has a scholly! That walk-on has been through the ringer and it’s great to see him getting the recognition.

#81 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs the ball during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 2, 2019 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Husker head coach, Scott Frost was in the paper for his $166k reduction in salary recently. If you’re complaining that isn’t much because he makes 5 million annually, don’t forget he also donated back an amount on “those in the know” know to the University over the summer too.

I think we will know by the end of game 2, maybe 3 whether the ghosts of injury are gone for our Husker behind center. I would HATE to think he still has that in the back of his mind. In my opinion it crippled the OTHER Martinez QB like 4 inch stiletto heels after a 8 hour wedding reception.

Next week it’s finally game week for Big Red! I’ll have those early morning tailgate recipes and drink choices. Hit me up on Twitter @Kelian_NE with your goodie recipes or photos. In the meantime, get your cardboard cut out so you’re kind of in the stands and GO BIG RED!