Nebraska's 2018-19 season officially began Tuesday.
The Huskers opened up the first 30 minutes of their first practice of the season and Hail Varsity was on hand to catch all of it.
On Monday, head coach Tim Miles met with the media to discuss the season. The Huskers are coming off a 22-11 season and 13 wins in the Big Ten, meaning expectations for Miles' group have gone way up. The top four producers from last season's team — seniors James Palmer Jr., Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland and junior Isaiah Roby — are all back.
There are comparisons to be made to Miles' 2014-15 squad, one that entered the season ranked No. 21 in the preseason AP poll after an NCAA Tournament bid, but this squad is different.
“I would say this team has great practice habits, has great workout habits. I’d say we’re just further down the line on what an expectation looks like," Miles said. "The 2014 team was such an upstart and this team has been put together in a lot longer form.”
And thanks to continuity at the top of the roster, the Huskers are better off now than they were a season ago.
“I know who we are, they know who we are, we don’t have as much depth as we did last year so things have to go right — foul trouble, illness, injury, stuff like that, we’ve got to stay healthy — but we know who can do what," Miles said. "We know what play package works for who, we know what problems we’re going to have on defense. I think some of that’s already taken care of.
“You look at the last part of last year, from January on, we knew who we were and what we were best at. I think we know that going into this year, there’s no experimentation.”
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Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.