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‘We’re going to sprint’: Huskers prepare for spring game after signing 39 players

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) — Between the early signing days and the nationals, Nebraska now has 39 new recruits and transfers.

And head coach Matt Rhule says the work doesn’t stop there.

He said he is following the advice of his old coach, Penn State legend Joe Paterno.

“We’re going to run, you know, we don’t take a break,” Rhule said.

Nebraska adding 39 scholarship players — 11 transfers and 28 HS/JUCO — is hard work.

But Matt Rhule says the #Huskers they won’t celebrate themselves for working hard.

“We will celebrate ourselves for having a purpose… working hard is because we want to win”@Channel8ABC pic.twitter.com/mX0Xigrk1k

— Lauren Michelson (@LaurenMichelson) February 1, 2023

Rhule held a press conference Wednesday at Memorial Stadium to discuss the inductees, the transfer portal and how the team is progressing.

The coaches aren’t done recruiting, and Rhule said Nebraska is already looking to the future with 2024 and 2025 recruits.

But coaches are also starting to prepare the Huskers for spring play in April.

“We’re working on this team and getting ready to be in a good place for spring prom,” Rhule said.

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Along with the rookies, Nebraska bolstered its roster with 11 transfers from schools like Florida, Georgia and Arizona State.

Rhule said the transfer portal is a “great thing” for young athletes.

“If a guy isn’t in the right place, he should have the option to walk away and have the option to play right away,” he said.

While Rhule admitted he would like to focus more on the rookies so the staff can develop them for four to five years, he still wants the players to have a chance to come to Nebraska.

“If someone is somewhere else, really loves Nebraska and thinks this is the right place for them, then I want it to be here,” she said.

SEE ALSO: Husker assistants Evan Cooper and EJ Barthel discuss Rhule, rookies

On April 22, Rhule will take the field at Memorial Stadium for the first time as head coach of Nebraska.

And the Husker faithful can expect a whole new team to come out of the tunnel.

“We’ve sort of remade the team,” Rhule said. “And I think the team is here; they are doing themselves in the weight room right now. A lot of guys look significantly different to me, just after a couple of weeks.

Matt Rhule says he likes his staff to be old school.

“Great teams are built on two things: relationships and standards.” @Channel8ABC pic.twitter.com/vlKUy8U0x1

— Lauren Michelson (@LaurenMichelson) February 1, 2023

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