For a team that was projected to win the Big Ten West, progress has been hard to find for Nebraska unless you look towards the freshman class. This season, freshmen have combined for 414 of the nearly 1600 yards on the ground, while gaining 420 of the nearly 1800 yards receiving.
The leader in first-year production has been Wan’Dale Robinson, a true freshman out of Frankfort, Kentucky, who has 916 of the 1031 all purpose yards for freshman.
“Wan’Dale is a weapon. Kinda like a pass rusher, we need more weapons,” Frost said after the loss to Indiana Saturday.
That weapon was critical in Nebraska putting up 31 points against the Hoosiers, helping fellow true freshman Luke McCaffery get 71 yards passing with one touchdown in his first extended playing time as a Husker.
“Luke’s a really, really good player. He works just as hard as anybody in practice,” Robinson said.
On the defensive side of the ball freshman or true freshman have combined for 15 solo tackles on the season. A major contributor to that is freshman Garrett Nelson, out of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, with two of those tackles this season.
Nelson, who mostly plays special teams has taken on a major leadership role in the locker room, sees the future turning for Nebraska.
“Working on those little details that matter and having those things matter the most, we will turn that corner with that,” Nelson said.
85 of the 154-man roster are underclassmen, leading people around the program to be hopeful for the future. With four games left in the regular season, freshman under the guidance of Frost are looking to not only make a bowl game, but gain valuable experience for the future.
The Huskers take their 4-4 (2-3 in Big Ten) to Purdue this week.