Nebraska, 24-28 last season, opens practice mindful of a difficult schedule. After opening the season Feb. 16-17 with a series at UC Riverside, the Huskers will play a four-game set Feb. 21-24 in Arizona against Oregon State, the 2018 national champion.
After batting only .228 last spring, Nebraska infielder Angelo Altavilla's confidence was buoyed by his strong performance at the plate last summer during a stint in the Northwoods League for the Waterloo (Iowa) Bucks. He batted .308 in 41 games for the Bucks.
Chad Luensmann has had to learn the art of patience over the past year and a half. But now that the junior pitcher is nearly back to full health after Tommy John surgery kept him out for all of last season, he's ready to return to the form that made him the 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.