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Nebraska Football: Mickey Joseph rumors are heating up

COLUMBUS, OHIO - OCTOBER 6, 2012: A football helmet for the Nebraska Cornhuskers sits on the field before a game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio State Buckeyes won 63-38. (Photo by David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

On Monday, Brian Christopherson of 247Sports wrote a report that indicated former Nebraska football quarterback Mickey Joseph was drawing strong interest for an opening on the staff.

As we all know, Nebraska fired four offensive assistants on November 8. Offensive coordinator and receivers coach Matt Lubick, offensive line coach and run game coordinator Greg Austin, running backs coach Ryan Held and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco all were fired on that day.

As for Joseph, he is the wide receivers coach at LSU. He also has a little bit of head-coaching experience, as he led Langston to a 7-3 record in 2011.

NFL development

Let’s just look at his resume since 2017, when he began his time as LSU’s wide receivers coach. Several Tigers are now in the NFL. Terrence Marshall Jr. is with the Carolina Panthers. DJ Chark is with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ja’Marr Chase is tearing up with the Cincinnati Bengals. There are many receivers that have worked with him that are now making their mark in the NFL.

Being a former Nebraska football quarterback,  he knows what it takes to win here. He also has a strong track record of development. A strong track record of development is not something that Nebraska football coaches have had recently. The Huskers need that right now. Development at the collegiate level is key.

As far as professional development is concerned, I’m not ready to focus on that. My focus is on developing quality wide receivers. I believe Joseph can do that. He has shown that he can help bring wide receivers to the next level. In order to compete in what is becoming a crowded Big Ten conference, Nebraska needs to instill that mentality and work ethic in the wide receiver position. They certainly have talent there, now it’s about execution.

All of the receivers above have been extremely explosive playmakers under Joseph’s tutelage. Nebraska football needs to have that level of playmaking ability. Joseph seemed to get the most out of his receivers at LSU, and we saw what happened with that. Look at the 2019 national championship team. Joseph needs to bring that mentality to Lincoln.

To me, Joseph would make the most sense. His pro-pedigree as well as his familiarity with Nebraska are major factors for me. Will it happen? I’m not sure. However, I always say “Where there is smoke there is fire.” There is certainly a lot of smoke here.

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