"I think we knew what we had coming into this year," junior defensive end Randy Gregory said. "We have a lot of talent, especially with the defensive tackles. We have a lot of depth there. We're still trying to figure things outside with the defensive ends, but as a unit, we have a great group."
As the 2013 season rolled along, Nebraska's young defense got settled in, setting up a squad with tons of experience and some confidence heading into a new year.
"I think a little bit carried over from last year as far as the end of the season," Gregory said. "I thought we finished off pretty well defensively. We knew what we had coming back this year and then we came into this season a lot more confident and hopefully we can just carry that on to the beginning of the season."