LINCOLN, NEB. - With a lot going on in Husker athletics, things are about to ramp up for Husker football with spring practice on the horizon.

Second year head coach Matt Rhule and the Huskers broke it all down, but not before Matt Rhule delivered a state of the union style sermon on the state of the university, the state of Husker athletics, and the goodness things like women’s sports are doing - all less than a week after Trev Alberts departed from Nebraska to become athletic director at Texas A&M.

“From everything I see in our athletic department, this is a well run athletic department,” Rhule said. “I know he [Alberts] has let me do the things that I think are necessary. He’s left the place better then he found it and I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for us to move forward.”

Alberts departs from Nebraska after just under three years at the university. In that time frame, he hired Matt Rhule, transitioned Nebraksa into the NIL era, and was influential in Volleyball Day in Nebraska setting the attendance record for a women’s sporting event.

Rhule made it clear his plan is to stay right where he’s at.

“I am here and I am all in,” Rhule said. “Yes, I loved Ted Carter, and yes I loved Trev, but I came to be at the University of Nebraska. I have loved the people we’ve met and we’re not going anywhere.”

Now, the Huskers turn their attention to spring practice - one player returning to action after a season riddled by several injuries is defensive back Maruques Buford Jr.

“I would say a lot of confidence has been gained from this winter into the spring,” Buford said. “A lot fo guys have gotten way faster way stronger, including myself. Just can’t wait to start getting into actual football.”

A newcomer to the program would be Wake Forest transfer Jahmal Banks.  The 6’4” wideout hauled in four touchdowns for over 650 yards last season with the Demon Deacons and says a talented coaching staff brought him to Nebraska. 

“NFL coaching staff is huge,” Banks said. “Also weight room, coordinators, head coach… Just knowing what it takes to get to that next level.”

And of course, the quarterback spot.

“They’ve done a great job, you can see a fire and competitiveness in Dylan [Raiola], he’s chomping at the bit, he’s in there at six o’clock in the morning throwing balls before he lifts at 10,” Rhule said. “Danny [Kaelin] comes in, he’s working on football. They’re both winners.”

Nebraska will hold its Pro Day on Wednesday morning at Hawks Championship Center.