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In this Sept. 28, 2019, photo, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost runs to the locker room following a 48-7 loss to Ohio State in an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb. The Cornhuskers have underachieved in a season in which they were a popular pick to win the Big Ten West. They are 4-4 and well behind Minnesota in the West race. Tension is palpable inside and outside the program.

LINCOLN — Facing one of the most pass-heavy teams in the country, the Nebraska secondary has a tall task ahead.

That challenge could be all the more difficult if the Huskers are without a season-long starter at safety.

In a post-practice interview with reporters Thursday that lasted less than four minutes, NU coach Scott Frost said he found out about a missed court date for junior Marquel Dismuke relating to a traffic matter (suspended license) as he walked off the field.

Whether the missed date — and subsequent bench warrant that was issued — has any bearing on Dismuke's status for Saturday's game at Purdue remains unclear.

"Whoever's called on's got to be ready," Frost said. "Purdue does a great job with their scheme. They're going to give some stuff we haven't seen and try to give us some tricks and gadgets that our guys can't fall for. So experience is going to matter and attention to detail. Whoever's out there has gotta do a good job."

Nebraska has been without injured safety Deontai Williams for almost the entire season. The Huskers rank 66th nationally, allowing 223.4 passing yards per game.

Frost otherwise was not interested in elaborating on his answers. Asked how quarterback Adrian Martinez looked this week, he replied "Adrian looks like he's got dark hair and weighs about 225 pounds. That's how he looks."

Players "did some things better" in practice this week compared to last week, he said. Asked about the offensive line, he said "We have a lot of guys doing the best they can and continuing to improve."

Frost said he's never been to Purdue, but the team has practiced outside this week in part to prepare for the grass field at Ross-Ade Stadium.

"Bottom line, we just gotta show up on Saturday and play and execute," Frost said. "We gotta be better on third down on defense and we gotta not make big mistakes on offense."​​

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