This week is a “fresh start” for Nebraska, according to interim head coach Mickey Joseph.
The Huskers used their bye week “to reset, refocus and improve” and now they’re focused on the matchup with Indiana. Joseph added that he’s been pleased with the competition that he’s seen through the bye week and into Tuesday.
Outside of practice, Joseph said his other focus was on recruiting. He made a visit to his hometown of New Orleans, which provided an opportunity to see his dad and some of his friends. He joked that everyone has an opinion on his new role and that “everybody wants a job.”
“Typical New Orleans,” Joseph said.
Back in Lincoln, Joseph said the Huskers will continue to test their young players to see what they can do and if they can get the job done through the remainder of the season. If they are, Joseph noted that those players will get reps in the matchup with Indiana and beyond.
As for what he expects from Indiana, Joseph spoke about the Hooisers’ offense and their quick tempo. He said that the Nebraska defense has addressed communication through the bye week so they can get their play calls faster.
“Their offense presents a problem for our defense,” Joseph said. “But it’s homecoming and we’re ready to get after it.”
More news and notes:
>> With running back Ajay Allen out for the season with a collarbone injury, Joseph said that running back Gabe Ervin has stepped up. He added that he’s always been a “high-character kid” and that he never gave up when he didn’t earn the start.
Joseph said he has a lot of confidence in Ervin going forward.
>> Joseph confirmed that offensive lineman Kevin Williams Jr. is out for “two to three weeks” after suffering a high ankle sprain. Ethan Piper will start at left guard in his place.
>> As Nebraska continues its national search for its head coaching job, Joseph said he believes it’s important that the Huskers look nationally for the role.
“Our interview is right now,” he said. “The next eight games is your interview.”
Since Joseph’s focus is on his team and recruiting, he added that he didn’t have any time to watch college or professional football over the weekend. In fact, he didn’t even know his brother Vance’s team lost until they spoke on Monday.
>> How have people responded to the Huskers on the recruiting trail so far?
“Everyone still loves Nebraska,” Joseph said.
>> What would a win over Indiana mean for Nebraska?
“It’s really important for this football team to get some confidence that they can start something and finish it,” Joseph said.
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