NEBRASKA CITY - Damon Benning, an analyst on the Husker Radio Network, spoke at the Big Red Buzz at Valentino’s in Nebraska City Wednesday about his impressions of coach Matt Rhule, coaching staff challenges and the scheduling of the spring game.

Benning describes himself as a “glass half full type of guy” and said he has liked every head coach at Nebraska, but said coach Rhule has impressed him on three points.

Benning said Rhule is highly organized, super authentic and a man who loves football.

Benning: “You see the authenticity ooze. He’s going to tell the truth.”

Nebraska has scheduled its Red-White Spring Game at 1 p.m. on April 22.

Benning noted a decision not to break up spring ball with spring break. Instead, there will be spring break and then eight weeks of spring football.

Benning offered confidence in the offensive line and in assistant coach Donovan Raiola, a carry-over from the Scott Frost era.

He said his biggest concern for him is with the wide receiver room, headed by 24-year-old Garrett McGuire. McGuire played for Rhule at Baylor and followed him to the Carolina Panthers where McGuire was an offensive assistant. He is the son of Texas Head Coach Joey McGuire.

Former Nebraska receiver Trey Palmer, who had 71 catches for 1,043 yards last year, is hoping to improve his draft stock at NFL Scouting Combine that begins Feb. 28.

Nebraska expects to return Marcus Washington and Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda and has added Josh Fleeks and Billy Kemp from the portal. Zavier Betts returns to the team and there are six freshmen signing on.

Benning said there are a lot of personalities and a lot of coaching to do in the wide receivers' room. He is looking to see if a standout emerges among underclassmen Janiran Bonner, Victor Jones Jr. and Shawn Hardy III.

He said the room with the most talent is the running backs, which could be fortuitous if Rhule’s team breaks huddle with two backs and a tight end.

Benning said he expects Coach Rhule to enter the season opener against Minnesota on Aug. 31 with more talent on his team that Scott Frost had in last year’s season opener against Northwestern.