Matt Rhule and Nebraska are preparing to come off a bye week and head into a game vs. Northwestern. One area of note for the Huskers in the matchup and the rest of the season will be at wide receiver.

At the start of the week, Rhule confirmed true freshman Malachi Coleman is now a starter with the offense coming out of the bye. While Coleman is a starter, Rhule spoke about an increased role for all the freshmen receivers at his Thursday press conference.

“Great week. Great week of practice, really 2 weeks of practice, and they’re ready to go,” said Rhule about the preparation of the young group. “I know this: They might be young, but they’re as fast as any group of receivers in the country… They’ve each made a play. Maybe not Jaidyn (Doss), but Jaylen (Lloyd) and Malachi (Coleman) have each made a play in games. Alex Bullock’s made a couple of big plays in games… They’re ready to play.”

Rhule went on to explain the Huskers have managed what they do to fit those young players, it hasn’t changed his excitement to see them on the field.

“As I said to them, we’ve had to manage what we’re doing to fit who we have, but those guys can play,” Rhule said. “I’m anxious — I’m excited to see them play.”

We’ll see if that group is indeed ready come Saturday.