Nebraska’s football program was a bit of a different animal when Scott Frost was on the field. Under Tom Osborne, the Huskers were a national contender every single year and were one of the most feared programs in college football.

It’s only Year 2 of the Frost era, but the head coach wants Nebraska football to get back to its roots.

On Thursday, Frost was involved with a speaking engagement that included several members of Nebraska’s athletic department. But the head football coach stole the spotlight when he began talking about the Huskers playing with more toughness and physicality.

Frost made it pretty clear that he doesn’t just want Nebraska to win football games on Saturdays, he wants to return to that physical and aggressive style of play.

“I want to be a tougher team, a more physical team,” Frost said, according to Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald.

“You guys all remember the Nebraska that was nasty and when people got on the field with you they were going to lose the next week, too, because we beat the piss out of you?” Frost said. “I want to get a little of that nasty back.”

It’s been quite some time since Nebraska has brought that same sort of toughness to the field as it did when Osborne was roaming the sidelines. The program’s last national title was in 1997 and the last conference title was in 1999.

Frost, as well as the fans, are hungry to put the Huskers back on the football map.