Nebraska during the winter lost two key playmakers to the transfer portal in Wan'Dale Robinson and Luke McCaffrey.
Adrian Martinez wished them well Monday, expressing confidence in the playmakers in NU's system.
"You have to do what's best for you," the junior quarterback told reporters at Memorial Stadium. "I respect their decision. I will say I'm happy with the guys we have here and excited about the group. That includes the receivers and that includes the quarterback room."
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Robinson was easily Nebraska's leading receiver last season (51 catches for 461 yards) while ranking fourth with 240 yards on 46 rushing attempts. He finished the season with two touchdowns, then in January transferred to Kentucky.
McCaffrey started twice last season, a win against Penn State and a loss to Illinois. A speedy redshirt freshman, McCaffrey completed 63.2% of his passes and threw six interceptions versus only one touchdown pass. He rushed 65 times for 364 yards (5.6 ypc). He transferred to Louisville in February.
"I wish them the best because I think both of them are good football players and good people, too," Martinez said. "I enjoyed being friends with them. Best of luck to them, and no hard feelings on my end."
A look at the 2021 Nebraska football schedule
Aug. 28: vs. Illinois
Sept. 11: vs. Buffalo
Sept. 25: at Michigan State
Oct. 2: vs. Northwestern
Oct. 9: vs. Michigan
Oct 16: at Minnesota
Oct. 30: vs. Purdue
Nov. 6: vs. Ohio State
Nov. 20: at Wisconsin
Nov. 26: vs. Iowa
Sept. 18: at Oklahoma
Week 11 /// Southeastern Louisiana
When: Nov. 13
Where: Memorial Stadium
Southeastern Louisiana in 2020: 2-2 (split-schedule concludes in April)
The last time the Huskers and Lions met: No previous matchups