• You do not need to register if you are not going to pay the yearly fee to post. If you register please click here or log in go to "settings" then "my account" then "User Upgrades" and you can renew.

HuskerMax readers can save 50% on  Omaha Steaks .

I hate to say it but…

Comedy. From the sky is falling to Pam Solich looked pissed to our team sucks. It was the final Spring Scrimmage.

Too many fumbles. The offense line still has gaping holes. Sims made some nice moves to avoid being decapitated. Drops. Grant not taking what he is given. Yes. All bad.

Lenhardt, Wynn, Sherman, and a lot of the defense flashed in parts. Some fumbles were bad exchanges and sloppiness. But were some forced? Thompson, Teddy, Reimer, Heinrich and several others dnp. Lighten up. I was most impressed with Sims, Kemp and Washington on offense. Rhule will stop the fumbles or they'll sit. Probably the best part of the press conference.
 
Last edited:

I hate the easy and lazy tack of always seeing the negative. There is nothing wrong with saying it was sloppy but acknowledging / realizing it is 15 practices with an entirely new staff and concepts with significant new personnel learning each other and that there were positives also.
Agree, I refuse to take a generally negative approach from the Spring Game action. That would be intellectually lazy.
Positives for me included but not limited to the following players:
MJ Sherman (a future star)
Princewill Umanmielen
Ben Scott
Stephen Wynn Jr.
Sims (Georgia Tech transfer)
Nash Hutmacher
Garrett Snodgrass
Kai Wallen
Maverick Noonan
Jacob Hood
These players and a few not mentioned grabbed my attention more than once yesterday.
Hard to be disappointed after what NU has been through over the last 20 plus years.
I'll stay positive until there is evidence to the contrary.
 
Agree, I refuse to take a generally negative approach from the Spring Game action. That would be intellectually lazy.
Positives for me included but not limited to the following players:
MJ Sherman (a future star)
Princewill Umanmielen
Ben Scott
Stephen Wynn Jr.
Sims (Georgia Tech transfer)
Nash Hutmacher
Garrett Snodgrass
Kai Wallen
Maverick Noonan
Jacob Hood
These players and a few not mentioned grabbed my attention more than once yesterday.
Hard to be disappointed after what NU has been through over the last 20 plus years.
I'll stay positive until there is evidence to the contrary.
I don’t think anyone was concerned about the defense, and they could end up carrying this team. I never claimed to be an expert analyst, but my untrained eye just felt this nagging sense of familiarity with regard to the offense. Like I’d seen this movie before. I actually felt kind of foolish for expecting so much to change in such a short time. I’m not pessimistic about the future. I think the team is in good hands. I will say though, every time someone says “we need to give it time, it’s not going to change overnight”, it sort of gives me post-traumatic flashbacks to the Frost era. It feels like are stuck in a perpetual state of rebuilding. I sure hope that things get better next year, even just a little.
 
Last edited:
I don’t think anyone was concerned about the defense, and they could end up carrying this team. I never claimed to be an expert analyst, but my untrained eye just felt this nagging sense of familiarity with regard to the offense. Like I’d seen this movie before. I actually felt kind of foolish for expecting so much to change in such a short time. I’m not pessimistic about the future. I think the team is in good hands. I will say though, every time someone says “we need to give it time, it’s not going to change overnight”, it sort of gives me post-traumatic flashbacks to the Frost era. It feels like are stuck in a perpetual state of rebuilding. I sure hope that things get better next year, even just a little.
I was very concerned with the defense. Especially the DL and LB. No Ty Robinson and Lenhardt and Princewill looked good as did Noonan
 



Agree, I refuse to take a generally negative approach from the Spring Game action. That would be intellectually lazy.
Positives for me included but not limited to the following players:
MJ Sherman (a future star)
Princewill Umanmielen
Ben Scott
Stephen Wynn Jr.
Sims (Georgia Tech transfer)
Nash Hutmacher
Garrett Snodgrass
Kai Wallen
Maverick Noonan
Jacob Hood
These players and a few not mentioned grabbed my attention more than once yesterday.
Hard to be disappointed after what NU has been through over the last 20 plus years.
I'll stay positive until there is evidence to the contrary.
Stenger made a couple plays that stood out
 
My gestalt, my 10,000 foot view, was a relatively poor offensive performance.

Will that translate to success next fall? IDK.

Theres a long way to go.

On the flip side, the defense seemed to look good. We may be riding them pretty hard this year.
 
It looked a little like the same ol offense. Not much of a running game, too many turnovers, lots of errant throws, quarterbacks running for their lives. Kicking game didn’t wow me either. I’m still hoping for the best, but this isn’t going to improve overnight.

practice-wetalkingaboutpractice.gif
 




Comedy. From the sky is falling to Pam Solich looked pissed to our team sucks. It was the final Spring Scrimmage.

Too many fumbles. The offense line still has gaping holes. Sims made some nice moves to avoid being decapitated. Drops. Grant not taking what he is given. Yes. All bad.

Lenhardt, Wynn, Sherman, and a lot of the defense flashed in parts. Some fumbles were bad exchanges and sloppiness. But were some forced? Thompson, Teddy, Reimer, Heinrich and several others dnp. Lighten up. I was most impressed with Sims, Kemp and Washington on offense. Rhule will stop the fumbles or they'll sit. Probably the best part of the press conference.

link to Pam Solich looking upset?
 
  • You're never going to see much in a Spring Game . . . especially with a 1st year staff picking up the pieces of a 4-win program. If you were expecting offensive fireworks, perfection and a 70 point shootout from this group, your expectations were out of whack before kickoff. Remember all the fireworks in Cally's first spring game where Joe Dailey was going to be a Heisman candidate? How'd that end up working out?
  • I saw quite a bit on offense that gives me hope. Adding a lead blocker back in and the inclusion (FINALLY) of even some basic misdirection was very nice to see. We saw some glimpses of basic football plays that Whip completely ignored that could have taken pressure off the line and put some pressure on the opposing D.
  • Despite Rhule's comments that he wasn't avoiding putting a lot on film . . . I think it's clear that he went pretty darn vanilla on offense.
  • Yeah, the line still doesn't look all that great . . . but, again, what did you expect. Benhart sort of actually moved and we saw some pulling linemen for a change. Will take some time.
  • Whip had the keys for a year and his offense had 2 plays: (1) Palmer deep and (2) run up the middle. Satterfield has had the keys for a handful of weeks and we're already seeing more creativity. Let's see what we get after a Fall and a few games.
  • White's defense may come along a little faster than I feared. Maybe not. But it's fantastic to see an attacking D again. Sure looks like he's going to put pressure on the other team and get the best players on the field, even if they are young.
  • This was the #1 D vs the #1 O. Not 1's v 2's & 3's. The defense might have had a pretty good idea of that the basic plays were.
Bottom line: Frost was a complete disaster and Rhule has a big job in front of him. But, he's done it before . . . more than once. I'm not going to get my undies in a twist over a glorified scrimmage at this stage.
 



It looked a little like the same ol offense. Not much of a running game, too many turnovers, lots of errant throws, quarterbacks running for their lives. Kicking game didn’t wow me either. I’m still hoping for the best, but this isn’t going to improve overnight.
Agreed. It's hard to draw any conclusions from a spring game, but this was particularly sloppy. To be honest, it could have been uglier. There were many uncalled penalties that will be called during the regular season. Rhule is not a quick turnaround specialist. NIL may help, but don't hold your breath. I hope they prove me wrong this fall, but this looked like a 2 win team.
 
Agree, I refuse to take a generally negative approach from the Spring Game action. That would be intellectually lazy.
Positives for me included but not limited to the following players:
MJ Sherman (a future star)
Princewill Umanmielen
Ben Scott
Stephen Wynn Jr.
Sims (Georgia Tech transfer)
Nash Hutmacher
Garrett Snodgrass
Kai Wallen
Maverick Noonan
Jacob Hood
These players and a few not mentioned grabbed my attention more than once yesterday.
Hard to be disappointed after what NU has been through over the last 20 plus years.
I'll stay positive until there is evidence to the contrary.

Agreed. Add to this list some excellent play by Billy Kemp. I just rewatched the game an feel a little better than I did yesterday being much more impressed with defensive play while still being concerned about the the turnovers. But as Rhule said, if you turned the ball over, you aren't playing.

I still think Casey is the QB to beat, but we can win some games with Sims. Logan didn't play so it is hard to say who will be QB 3.
 

Rhule is not a quick turnaround specialist. NIL may help, but don't hold your breath. I hope they prove me wrong this fall, but this looked like a 2 win team.

Who is a quick turnaround specialist? I'm assuming you mean immediate.

Lance Leipold has turned around Kansas. Didn't truly happen in year one, as KU went 2-10. Then a bowl game in year two.

Heck, Kirby Smart coached his first Georgia team to 8-5 -- after they went 10-3 the year prior under Mark Richt. Then Kirby's team went 13-2 in his second season.

That's just a couple of examples -- but it's commonplace among quality coaches. Year two is oftentimes when the big leap is made.

No different for Rhule. 2-10 with his first Temple team, bowl game in year two. 1-11 in year one at Baylor, 7 wins in year two.

Turning around a team in year two is a quick turnaround, imo. Fans expecting magic in year one are completely unrealistic. I've seen posters suggesting 8 wins in year one for Rhule is attainable -- or should be attainable. Crazy town. Sure, if it happens -- great. But anyone expecting or demanding a huge change in the W-L totals in season one are out of touch with reality.

As I've said previously, I don't care about number of wins for Nebraska in 2023. I only want to see a team improving as the season progresses, and more fundamentally sound football. I'll worry about win totals in 2024.

I would like to see Casey be the #1 this season, but if the coaches are really wanting to build toward year two, Sims may be the better choice, as he should be back in '24. The starting QB competition and crowning will be very interesting this season.
 
Last edited:

GET TICKETS


Get 50% off on Omaha Steaks

Back
Top