The first two years of Scott Frost’s time at Nebraska have not produced the kind of records and on-field performance that is expected in Lincoln on a yearly basis. It’s part of the growing pains of a new head coach, new culture and new scheme.

In Frost’s first season, the Huskers finished 4-8. Last year, the final record was 5-7, a one-game improvement and a step closer to bowl eligibility. There’s no question that, heading into year three, the expectation for the program is to finally make a return to the postseason and take the next step into becoming a regular B1G West contender.

Based on what Frost has seen from his returning players and incoming talent, he’s beginning to really like the attitude and the culture that’s coming together in the Nebraska locker room.

“We’re starting to build a team that’s our team,” Frost said, according to Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald. “I’ve been in to watch them,” Frost said. “Maybe — maybe for the first time since I’ve been at Nebraska, the culture’s about there. Watching the guys work out — we still have a long way to go, we’ve got to get bigger, stronger, faster, better, we’ve still got to execute — but I love the attitude in there.”

Frost is bringing in another good group of recruits during this cycle, creating plenty of optimism for the 2020 season. The Huskers ranked 20th nationally and fourth in the B1G during the cycle. Last year’s class ranked 17th in college football and again was fourth in the conference.

There’s plenty of reasons to be excited about the future in Lincoln, and if Frost is beginning to see the group jell together, it could be an indication that the program is on the verge of taking that next step.

We’ll get a better idea of what the Huskers can do soon, when spring practice gets underway.