Mickey Joseph keeps a watchful eye on pass-catching drills in Lincoln on March 30th. (Photo courtesy of Nebraska Athletics)
April 8, 2022
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April 8, 2022
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If there was a picture next to the word competitiveness in the dictionary, it might well be one of Nebraska receivers coach Mickey Joseph. As a former Cornhusker quarterback, Joseph understands better than most that Saturday’s spring game is way more than a glorified scrimmage if he wants to continue to see significant improvement from the current crop of Nebraska wide receivers. Joseph made it clear to reporters earlier this week that he doesn’t want to see any of his guys taking time off on the field.
“Everything we do around here we are competitive," Joseph said. "Everything we do we are going to compete, so it is going to be competitive."
Joseph said that any opportunity to forge a connection between quarterback and wide receiver is a must for the new Nebraska offense to succeed whether it’s in the spring game or practice.
"We want to see it crispy," Joseph said. "We want to see the timing. Like I said before it is hard when you are playing with four or five quarterbacks and when you are playing with 10 to 12 receivers so the timing might not be there all the time, but you want to see the best timing that we can get on Saturday. That is what we are looking for."
Based on his resume Mickey Joseph is someone that Cornhusker fans might just want to listen to.
At LSU, Mickey Joseph saw firsthand what the benefits of a well-rounded relationship between quarterback and receiver can do for a football team. Joseph was a key part of LSU’s 2019 national championship staff. His receivers helped the Tigers set an FBS record with 60 touchdown receptions while helping Joe Burrow rank third in FBS history in single-season passing yards (5,671).
Joseph has a proven track record of recruiting and developing wide receivers. Recognized as a Rivals Top 25 Recruiter, Joseph had four wide receivers selected in the first three rounds of the past two NFL Drafts (2020 and 2021). This includes Ja’Marr Chase, who was the 2021 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year after being selected with the No. 5 overall pick.
After all his hard work with the young receiving corps these past few weeks, Joseph finally took some time to reflect on his return to Lincoln and what it will be like to take the field on Saturday for the spring game.
"I did not even think about that," Joseph said. "I think it is going to be a little weird walking back in there after probably what 30 years, but I think once the ball kicks off the focus will get towards the game. You have to appreciate being back. You have to appreciate being back in Lincoln. Every day that you are here you appreciate it so I think going in there is going to be a little different, but I will be fine."
Mickey Joseph wants every Cornhusker fan to know that this Saturday’s spring game is another chance for Nebraska as a football team to begin to make every moment count.
"We have a lot of work to do, and they understand that. I understand that," Joseph said. "You cannot say hey spring football. I love the spring I really do but at the end of the day, they are not going to count that spring game in October. They are going to start counting when we play Northwestern. So, after this spring game, we put this to rest and we have to have a really good summer. We talked about having a great summer and just working. We are still getting to know each other now. They are still feeling me out and I am still feeling them out and getting to know my players. I think this summer is going to be really important for us." -30-