Nebraska hired former NFL assistant Donovan Raiola as its offensive line coach during the offseason, replacing the fired Greg Austin. Prior to his arrival in Lincoln, the former Wisconsin standout was with the Chicago Bears, where he was the team’s assistant offensive line coach from 2018-2021.

The Huskers lost a pair of key contributors up front in the form of Cam Jurgens and Matt Sitcherman. But they added Oklahoma State transfer Hunter Anthony along with former Northern Colorado left guard/left tackle Kevin Williams Jr. Former 4-star Teddy Prochazka started twice and appeared in 5 games as a true freshman before tearing the ACL, MCL, and meniscus in his left knee against Michigan on Oct. 9.

As he prepares for his 1st season with the Huskers, Raiola has liked what he’s seen from his group as he’s taken the reins from Austin:

Raiola also added on Huskers Sports Radio on Thursday that he’s hopeful that Prochazka will be ready to go for the team’s season opener on Aug. 27 against Northwestern in Dublin, while adding that Williams and sophomore Brant Banks were seeing reps at left tackle in case Prochazka remains out for a longer period of time.