Scott Frost

Scott Frost believes growing the roster back to where it was two decades is one of the “secret sauces” to Nebraska’s successes.

LINCOLN — At the moment, Nebraska’s roster may have more players on it than coach Scott Frost expects to be on hand for spring practice.

Including scholarship and walk-on signees, NU had 160 players on the roster Wednesday. More than 40 of those are true freshmen who haven’t arrived yet, but once they do, Nebraska’s roster should be in the “low 150s,” Frost said.

“We have clearance to be in the 150s — probably the low 150s,” Frost said. “So I imagine there might be a little attrition, there might be some guys who don’t make it and some other things — some guys who graduate and move on.”

A roster in the low 150s would mean NU has roughly 70 walk-ons at any given time. Frost thinks growing the roster back to where it was two decades is one of the “secret sauces” to Nebraska’s successes.

“I’m not just going to let guys be on the team to be on the team, either,” Frost said. “It’s going to be competitive, just like your opportunity to be on the team is going to be competitive.”

NU’s roster was generally in the 130s during the Mike Riley era. Riley recruited walk-ons but not nearly to the same degree as Frost. There are 15 walk-ons who are upperclassmen on the roster now.

Frost intends to take at least 20 walk-ons per year if he can afford to do so.

“We’re going to be more selective,” Frost said. “That being said, if there’s a great player in the state of the Nebraska or surrounding states and they want to be at Nebraska, we’re going to take them.”