Sean Beckton explains why he choose to come to Nebraska.
Sean Beckton talks about some of the standout players at tight end.
Sean Beckton discusses expectations for the upcoming season.
WEST POINT – The College football season may not start until September, but Nebraska fans were able to whet their appetites during the Husker Nation Tour on Monday and Tuesday, June 11-12.
The two-day tour had various members of the Husker football coaching staff stopping in 26 towns across the state to visit with and meet the fans.
On Tuesday, tight ends coach Sean Beckton and graduate assistant Demeitre Brim stopped by the Nielsen Community Center in West Point.
During an exclusive interview with KTIC, Beckton, who spent his entire 19-year collegiate coaching career at UCF, explained why he decided to follow head coach Scott Frost to Nebraska.
“Coach Frost, the last couple of years being around him, is one of the main reasons. And then the staff. We’re a very cohesive staff, we’re all like brothers to each other,” Beckton said. “When Coach Frost came across all these different opportunities, he wanted to make sure the whole entire staff had the opportunity to go with, because he really felt the bond and the mesh with all the guys and that we work extremely well. I wanted to come up here and help coach Frost build something back up to what it used to be here.”
Beckton served various roles at UCF, coaching wide receivers and defensive backs, and spent the last three season coaching tight ends and was also the recruiting coordinator under Scott Frost. Beckton talks about some of the Husker players who are starting to standout at the tight end position.
“Jack Stoll from day one, he’s the kid that had the most experience out of all the tight ends coming back. We’re really excited with what Austin Allen has shown from Aurora. And then Kurt Rafdal really does a lot of good things, ” Beckton said. “We’re really excited about some of the freshmen that we recruited. [Justin] McGriff has been playing at receiver, so I don’t know if we’re gonna slide him back. Looking forward for Cam Jurgens and Katerian Legrone to see what they can give us as a true freshman.”
Beckton went on to explain his goals for the tight ends over the summer.
“I want those guys to get stronger and I want those guys to work on their stamina, being able to play longer reps for longer periods of time and being able to go at a faster pace, “Beckton said. “For our offense to really go, our kids gotta be in shape, because we wanna make sure we’re going at a fast pace where the defense, we can catch those guys off balance.”
UCF had a remarkable season last year, going undefeated, while Nebraska finished just 4-8. Beckton explains the expectations for the Huskers this upcoming season.
“I think we made some strides this spring. Expectations are high here. A lot of people say we’ve seen some progress in the spring, obviously it’s not where we’d like it to be as a coaching staff and we know it’s a process,” Beckton said. “Our biggest goal is probably get to a Bowl game this year and build something from there and then let our young players get a chance to experience the extra practices and what not.”
The Scott Frost era of Nebraska football officially begins on Saturday, September 1 when the Huskers host Akron.
For the full interview with Beckton, go to the Sports Podcasts tab at kticradio.com.