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Former Stanford quarterback has rough start at Nebraska

 

It’s been a challenging start to the Scott Frost coaching era at Nebraska.

Frost, a Nebraska native, began his collegiate playing career at Stanford. He transferred back home to Nebraska after two years playing for Bill Walsh.

After his NFL playing career and assistant coaching apprenticeship concluded, Frost took over as head coach at Central Florida and went 13-0 his second season, earning a return trip to Lincoln as head coach of the Cornhuskers.

He brought along his offensive coordinator from UCF, former Stanford great Troy Walters, the Biletnikoff Award winner in 1999 and still the Cardinal career leader in receptions and receiving yardage.

Nebraska’s season opener against Akron was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, so the team played its first game Saturday against Colorado.

True freshman Adrian Martinez from Fresno played well at quarterback, but was injured in the final minutes with Nebraska clinging to a 28-27 lead. Shortly thereafter Colorado took a 33-28 lead, and the Huskers fell short in their comeback attempt with a walk-on at quarterback.

Not the way Frost, or the rest of his offensive staff envisioned it. In addition to Walters at offensive coordinator, Frost’s quarterbacks coach is another Peninsula transplant, former De Anza College head coach Mario Verduzco.

One more local link with Nebraska is true freshman running back Maurice Washington, who starred his sophomore year in high school at The King’s Academy.

He sat out his junior year ineligible after transferring to Oak Grove and spent his senior year at Cedar Hill in Texas, where his offensive coordinator was none other than former 49er great Deion Sanders.

Fresno State dropped its nonconference game to Minnesota, 21-14, over the weekend but there were some bright spots.

Palo Alto grad KeeSean Johnson caught six passes for 89 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown reception that gave the Bulldogs a 14-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Former Menlo-Atherton star Jordan Mims led Fresno State with 41 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Women's volleyball

Former Menlo School star Kristin Sellers took over as Brown's starting setter and has helped the Bears win four of their first six matches.

On Sunday, Sellers recorded 45 assists in Brown's 25-23, 25-16, 21-25, 25-16 victory over Bucknell in the final match of the Hartford Invitational.

Fellow Menlo grad Elisa Merten recorded 14 digs and Menlo-Atherton alum Eliza Grover produced 10 kills and three blocks.

Brown competes at the Stetson Invitational, facing Chicago State in the first match Friday.

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