The 2011 season is done, and Nebraska still really hasn't taken that next step to become elite again, though they are now becoming a staple in the Top 25. Nebraska could not overcome the adversity of playing in a new league with their players not suited to play in the Big Ten. While we don't know how the 2012 season will play out, Nebraska will have new faces and names playing on Saturdays next year.
The recruiting is done, the seniors are gone and Nebraska has holes to fill in its team: a total of three starters on offense and four on defense, though they return all of the special team players.
Nebraska will have new players filling in the spots left by the seniors, as well as some supplanting the former starters. After four years, former coach Bill Callahan's recruits and players are all gone, and now we see how Bo Pelini's recruits do and if they can elevate the Huskers to a higher level. This season is where we find out how good of a recruiter Bo is.
It is time to get familiar with some names that will become second nature to Nebraska fans. What will the depth chart look like in 2012? And more importantly, who will jump on the pregame pile now that Marcus Mendoza (#32 pictured) has graduated?