There’s no question Nebraska has struggled at the point of attack in Scott Frost’s three seasons at the helm. The Huskers’ play in the trenches, on both sides of the football, hasn’t been much to write home about.

But there were signs of optimism during Nebraska’s spring game on Saturday. The play up front looked a lot better than in previous seasons, especially on the offensive end.

During Saturday’s spring game, Frost said he’s been pleased with the improvement he’s seen from his team in that area. It wasn’t just something that happened during this weekend’s scrimmage, but a tribute to how hard players have worked during spring practices this year.

“I think we’ve improved everywhere, but up front on both sides, I’ve been very pleased,” Frost said on Big Ten Network. “We’re playing really physical in spring ball. We really grounded them. We had a physical spring, and I’m really pleased with how both fronts reacted to that and got better.”

Frost and the Huskers need a big season in 2021, or at least to get back to bowl eligibility. In three years, Nebraska is 12-20 under Frost and has yet to appear in a bowl game. With games against Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Northwestern — and plenty of others — hitting six wins won’t be an easy feat for the program.

Last month, athletic director Bill Moos said that hitting the 8-9 win mark and being in contention for the B1G West is a realistic goal for the Huskers this season. Certainly, the play up front has to be much better if Nebraska wants to be in that conversation.

It’s off to a pretty good start.