Nebraska spring game format to pit offense vs. defense | Soccer

Nebraska spring game format to pit offense vs.  defense |  Soccer

LINCOLN—For the first time in Scott Frost’s tenure, Nebraska will use a spring game format that pits the offense against the defense for the annual spring game.

An NU spokesman confirmed Friday what Frost hinted at Monday—that because of injuries and depth issues at some positions, the Huskers will not assign equal numbers of offensive and defensive players to two teams, but have the offense face the defense. It’s possible Nebraska uses some sort of scoring system that rewards the defense points for achievements, similar to 2014 and 2016, when coaches Bo Pelini and Mike Riley used the format.

Just like 2014 and 2016, the offense will be the Red team, and the defense will be the White team.

“I’d rather have two teams playing each other trying to win a football game,” Frost said Monday. “We just have so many guys at a couple positions who are nicked up that it’s going to make it hard to field two teams without guys running back and forth to the sidelines.”

NU is particularly thin at the defensive line. End Ty Robinson said Wednesday that he and his teammates had taken more than 400 reps each along the D-line this spring.

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“I feel like I am in a 35-year-old body,” Robinson said.

The Husker tight end room is thin, too.

Starter Travis Vokolek has been more of a coach than a participant this spring — he’ll be 100% for training camp — while Chancellor Brewington, Chris Hickman and Thomas Fidone are out this spring with various injuries.

In 2016, the defense beat the offense 46-41. In 2014, the offense beat the defense 55-46.

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