While fan reaction to Nebraska's new Tunnel Walk may have been split, there was no arguing among players who spoke to the media Monday about making that walk to the field for the first time.
"I can't express how loud it was. It was insane. As a player you want to stay focused on the game and what you have ahead of you," senior defensive lineman Peyton Newell said. "But there were a few times where you were like holy — this is insane."
The revamped Tunnel Walk featured the opening bars from "Sirius" — the song NU has used since the tradition began more than 20 years ago — before transitioning into "Jungle" by X Ambassadors.
Players Monday didn't seem to mind the change. Maybe because they couldn't hear it.
"It was very well-received," Newell said of the changes. "Honestly, the fans were so loud, I know personally I couldn't hear the song because it was so insane. But I know a lot of people were liking it.
Newell said the players were clued in before the game that changes would be coming.
Junior linebacker Jacob Weinmaster called the Tunnel Walk the highlight of his fall so far. A bold statement considering Weinmaster was put on scholarship earlier in fall camp.
For senior transfer Tre Neal, Saturday's Tunnel Walk was his first.
"It was exciting. Even some of the new guys said that was new stuff for them, so just being able enjoy that with them, that’s one of those moments you’ll never forget," Neal said. "I just kind of soaked it all in and took it all in before the game, just because this was a moment I would never forget."