LINCOLN — The work is never done. But right now, Nebraska coaches and players are ready for a break.

Coach Scott Frost reminded assembled media members Wednesday that his coaching staff has gone three straight seasons without a bye week. The group pulled double duty a year ago, recruiting for Nebraska while simultaneously conducting bowl practices at UCF, and hasn't let up much since.

"I'm grateful to those guys for the work that they've done," Frost said. "We're tired, though."

So are players, who recently finished finals and 12 straight weeks of football games. They'll disperse to see their families for Christmas before returning in January for offseason time with strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval.

"I think they know what they're in for when they get back," Frost said. "But I think they're looking forward to it. ... I can't remember a season when I just got done with a season when I was so quickly excited about getting started next year. I think a lot of people in our building, from our coaches to our players, have that feeling.

"... Our team's gonna be in a lot better shape this year than it was last year. We had to start from absolute ground zero from a strength and conditioning standpoint with the guys. With a year under their belt with Zach, we're way ahead of where we were a year ago. I can't wait to get started with them."

The NCAA recruiting dead period runs through Jan. 10. The contact period goes until Feb. 2, with the traditional signing day set for Feb. 6.​ Frost said Nebraska could still use a pass rusher, receiver and cornerback as it looks to round out the class.

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