Speaking at Big Ten Media Days, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said Randle would be a big part of their defensive plan this fall.
"We are really counting on him. He's as healthy as he's been. Thad was hurting last year He fought through it and gave us some snaps, but he's healthy now," said Pelini. "He's feeling good and not having any issues. He got that knee cleaned out and he's feeling great.
"If you asked him, he's thinking he will have a good year. It's no fun to play when not healthy. He has gone through that a whole year."
Randle played in 13 games last season, starting six of them, playing sparingly at times due to pain in his knee. He had a career high four stops against UCLA in Pasadena last season, making 21 tackles on the year.
Randle took the spring off to get healthy and rest his knee, but became a leader at the position, helping younger players both on the field and in the classroom.