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Scott Frost
Player Profile:
Scott Frost 50385
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
City/State: Wood River, Neb.
High School: Wood River

Honors & Awards

  • Drafted by the New York Jets (1998 - 3rd Round, Pick #67)
  • NSCA All-American Athlete (1998)
  • Johnny Unitas Award Finalist (1997)
  • Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist (1997)
  • Second-Team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American (1997)
  • Tom Novak Award Winner (1997)
  • Second-Team All-Big 12 (AP, 1997)
  • Third-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches, 1997)
  • CNN/SI National Player-of-the-Week (vs. Missouri, 1997)
  • Big 12 Player-of-the-Week (vs. Washington, Missouri)
  • ABC/Chevrolet Player-of-the-Game (vs. Washington, Missouri, Colorado, Texas A&M)
  • Big 12 Offensive Newcomer-of-the-Year (Coaches, 1996)
  • Two-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12
  • Two-Time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII

Career

Scott Frost left Nebraska as the first quarterback in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards and pass for more than 1,000 yards in the same season. Frost became the 10th player in NCAA history to accomplish the feat in 1997, as he helped lead the high-octane Husker attack to the national title. He became the 21st quarterback in NCAA history to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark, and just the fourth quarterback in conference history to accomplish the feat. He was the first quarterback in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.

Frost was drafted in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He would go on to play six seasons in the NFL; Jets (1998-2000), Cleveland Browns (2001), Green Bay Packers (2001-2002) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003).

1997 (Senior)

Frost led the Huskers to a perfect 13-0 season, including a national championship, Big 12 Conference championship and Orange Bowl victory with a 42-17 win over Tennessee. He ranked 37th nationally in rushing and second among quarterbacks.

Offensively, the Huskers led the nation in total offense (513.7 yards per game), scoring (47.1 points per game) and rushing (392.6 yards per game). Frost set three school quarterbacking records with 19 rushing touchdowns (second best on team), 1,096 rushing yards (second best on team) and 176 (second most on team) rushing attempts, while averaging 9.5 points per game, which ranked 17th nationally. His rushing touchdowns, rushing yards and rushing attempts were only bettered by Ahman Green. Frost completed 55 percent of his passes, going 88-159 for 1,237 yards, an average of 103.1 yards per game, resulting in five touchdowns and four interceptions. His season-best passing day came against Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship game when he went 12-18 for 201 yards, while his career-best rushing day came in the season-saving overtime victory against Missouri when he rushed for 141 yards and four touchdowns on 23 attempts. He was sacked only four times in 12 games. Frost was perfect on the season, either rushing for a touchdown or throwing a touchdown strike in every game. Frost finished the season with 24 touchdowns to his name (19 rush, five pass).

Frost was one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and one of 14 semifinalists for the 1997 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.

1996 (Junior)

In 1996, Frost was a first-year starter for the Huskers, the first time NU had a new signal caller since Tommie Frazier's first year in 1992. Frost performed extremely well for his first year in a complicated offense and a difficult conference. For his efforts he was named the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer-of-the-Year for his efforts after setting three school records.

On the season, Frost completed 104 of his 200 passing attempts for 1,440 yards and 13 touchdowns with only three interceptions. His 1,440 passing yards ranked ninth on the Nebraska season chart and bettered fourth-year senior Tommie Frazier's 1,362 passing yards in 1995. Frost set two school passing records. His 15.88 yards per attempt against Kansas was a game record; and his three interceptions on 200 attempts was the second record. His 1,440 passing yards were the most for a Husker QB since Keithen McCant had 1,454 in 1991. Frost completed 52 percent of his passes on the season and at the time ranked 16th at NU in career passing. He ranked 10th on the season total offensive chart with 1,878 yards, which set the school season record for a Husker junior. Frost continued to improve as the season progressed. In fact, in the last six games Frost was 60-107 passing (56 percent) for 845 yards, threw for at least 100 yards in five of those contests and produced a 9-1 touchdown-interception ratio. His career-best passing day came against Kansas when he went 12-16 for 254 yards, while his season-best rushing day was 90 yards against Baylor on 12 attempts. He was only sacked 10 times in 12 games. He either rushed for a touchdown or threw a touchdown strike in nine of 12 games (except Arizona State, Colorado and Texas). Frost posted a 13-3 touchdown-interception ratio in 12 games on 200 attempts. The three interceptions thrown ranked third nationally and just out of first place as Army and Ohio’s QBs each threw two on the year. Frost did not throw an interception after the third quarter of the Oklahoma game (five games, 22 quarters, 106 attempts) and finished the season ranked 32nd nationally in passing efficiency at 103.9 rating points. Frost rushed for 438 yards (fourth best on team), scoring nine touchdowns (second best on team), 13 by pass, for 22 total offensive scores.

1995 (Sophomore)

Frost sat out the 1995 season after transferring from Stanford University. Frost arrived on campus in time for spring ball in 1995. He set a game record in 1995, as he passed for three touchdowns and completed 10-17 passes for 158 yards in leading the white team to a 40-34 victory over the red squad led by quarterbacks Tommie Frazier and Brook Berringer.

Before Nebraska (University of Stanford)

Frost served as the backup quarterback and started in the Cardinal secondary. At Stanford in 1993, Frost rushed 15 times for 63 yards and completed two of nine passes, playing behind Cardinal starter Steve Stenstrom. In 1994, Frost was the No. 2 quarterback all season behind Stenstrom, but started twice at quarterback and also started five games (two through six) at free safety. As a QB, he completed 33 of 77 passes (42.0 percent) for 464 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed 38 times for 143 yards and four touchdowns. He started the second half against Washington when Stenstrom was injured and started the final two games against Oregon and California. Frost entered the Washington game with a 29-25 lead and led Stanford to a 46-28 upset. In that game, he was 2-8 for 31 yards passing and had a 10-yard scoring run. Against Oregon, Frost completed 18-38 passes for 264 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions in the 51-21 loss. He also rushed eight times for 56 yards, including a spectacular 28-yard touchdown gallop. In the 24-23 loss to California, Frost completed 11-29 passes for 148 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions and rushed 18 times for 39 yards. He played the first six games at free safety and in five starts, had 18 tackles, including 12 unassisted. He had one breakup, one tackle for loss and an interception in game two against San Jose State. In that game, his first start at free safety, he also played QB, completing 2-2 passes for 21 yards. He was Stanford's No. 2 QB all year even when starting at free safety.

Before College (Wood River High School)

Frost earned Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herold Super-State/All-Nebraska honors as a junior and senior. As a freshman, he rushed for 275 yards and passed for 900, completing 43 percent of his passes. The next year, he rushed for 954 yards, passed for 1,853 yards and improved his completion percentage to 51 percent. As a junior, he totaled 1,464 yards rushing, 1,964 passing and hit 52 percent. And in 1992, he rushed for 1,585 yards, passed for 2,142 and completed 54 percent. The sum is 480 rushes for 4,278 yards and 72 touchdowns (8.9 ypc) and 447 completions in 882 attempts (51 percent) for 6,859 yards (15.3 ypp) with 67 touchdowns and 41 interceptions. He was a Parade All-American, Gatorade Circle of Champions Nebraska Player-of-the-Year and a scholar-athlete. One of the most-sought after quarterbacks in the 1993 class, Frost narrowed his choices to Stanford and Nebraska and chose to move to Palo Alto. Coached by his mother, he earned the gold medal in the shot put at the 1993 state track meet with a toss of 58-9 1/2 (beating out Nebraska offensive tackle Eric Anderson of Lincoln Southeast). His best throw was 61-1 1/2.

Personal

Scott is the son of Larry and Carol Frost, who both have Nebraska connections. Larry played halfback for the Huskers from 1967-69 (ranks 33rd all-time with 39 receptions). Carol was the first Nebraska female athlete to compete for the USA Olympic team, winning the gold medal at the 1967 PanAm Games in the discus and competing in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. She served as head women's track and cross country coach at NU from 1977-80. Her women's team won the indoor and outdoor conference titles in 1980, to begin a string of 33 consecutive conference championships. Although Nebraska did not support an official women's team at the time, Frost was the national discus champion from 1964-67. Scott was coached by his father (head coach) and mother (receivers coach) at Wood River. Scott's brother, Steve, graduated from Stanford in 1996.

Frost's Career Statistics

  Rushing          
 Year G/S Att. Yds. Avg. Y/G TDs
 1996 12/12 126 438 3.5 36.5
 1997 12/12 176 1,096 6.2 91.3 19 
 Total 24/24  302 1,534 5.1 63.9 28 

  Passing                
 Year G/S Att. Comp. Int. Pct. Yds. A/A A/G TDs
 1996 12/12 200 104 3 .520 1,440 7.2 120.0 13
 1997 12/12 159 88 4  .553 1,237 7.8 103.1 5
 Total 24/24  359 192 7 .535  2,677 7.5 111.5 18

Total Offense      
 Year Att. Yds. Y/A TDs
 1996 326 1,878 5.8 22
 1997 335 2,332 7.0 24
 Total 661 4,210 6.4 46

1996 Orange Bowl vs. Virginia Tech: Rushing 9-62-2; Passing 22-11-0-136-0; Total Offense 31-198-2
1998 Orange Bowl vs. Tennessee: Rushing 17-60-3; Passing 12-9-0-125-0; Total Offense 29-185-3

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