Yea the large turnover is eye opening and yet……welcoming. We have to be realistic in our expectations. It’s possible we could step back a bit while trying to find ourselves. Overall it seems talent and fit are better.
The very biggest question in the Rhule hire has yet to be answered. Development has been so lacking at Nebraska in the last 8 years. I’m cautiously optimistic. No reason not to have hope but the measurables won’t start appearing until game time.
I love his strategy of bringing in a ton of new guys via the portal and also with traditional signing day kids. As long as they are guys he'd normally go after and not reaches like we've seen this late from other staffs.
Pelini, Riley, Frost, they all failed miserably at keeping the team at 85. How many years would we talk about how spring attrition would leave the team with 78, 81 scholarship players.
That's before the portal. Now it's imperative to keep your numbers high heading into spring. Let the competition whittle the roster down for you. The guys that are processed...errrr... decide to transfer or medically retire after spring, are guys that can't beat out the new guys or don't fit the culture or schemes being run. It's a good thing that they're leaving.
Other than Hausmann (couTAMPERINGgh), who have you lost that hurts? I don't count guys like Nelson and Mathis. I'll always default to someone choosing the NFL.
Getting to 85 will be at the expense of guys like Tyreke Johnson and Noa Pola-Gates. Upperclassmen who've done nothing. Someone like Smothers and/or Torres. WRs like Victor Jones and Shawn Hardy if they come out of another spring without threatening the depth chart. A tight end like Chase Androff if he doesn't fit the new profile the staff wants.
In a Year 1 rebuild, who's on the roster that it would really, truly suck to lose? The way this staff grinds on the recruiting trail? The majority, if not all of the transfers that are gonna come, I'll bet most fans will be able to nod their heads and say "Yeah, I can see that."