For Nebraska's Offense, There's Hope on the Turnover Front

Head coach Matt Rhule provides updates after Saturday's spring practice
Wide receiver Jaylen Lloyd catches a pass during Nebraska football spring practice on Thursday, April 4, 2024.
Wide receiver Jaylen Lloyd catches a pass during Nebraska football spring practice on Thursday, April 4, 2024. / Nebraska Athletics

For Nebraska football fans who've been beaten down by soul-crushing turnovers at key moments in recent seasons, Matt Rhule offered hope on Saturday.

"We still have issues," the Huskers' second-year head coach said after Saturday's practice, the sixth of this spring. "But what I see is an overall commitment to execution that is to a significantly higher level offensively than it probably was last year – probably at any point last year, to be quite honest."

"You look back to last year," Rhule said, "we have to just throw the ball better and we can't be minus-17 in turnover ratio. ... So really, a true focus on throwing the football has been important. Everyone talks about the quarterback when that happens, but the guys getting open and catching the ball matter. And I saw a lot of plays on the ball made today, which made me excited. So, looking forward to watching the tape."

As for the three scholarship quarterbacks — junior Heinrich Haarberg and true freshmen Dylan Raiola and Danny Kaelin — Rhule said: "They're right on track. Further ahead, probably, than I thought."

The next two weeks of practice will be capped by Saturday scrimmages. After that comes the final week of spring drills and the April 27 Red-White spring game in Memorial Stadium.

Rhule touched on numerous other topics — including the running backs, Friday's visit by Bill Belichick, and the new "Nebraska Spring League" competitions — and his full comments are in the video below. Scroll down for links to more coverage and some footage from Saturday's practice. Refresh this page to ensure you're seeing the latest content. Asterisk indicates item may require a subscription.


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