Mickey Joseph (left) talks to receiver Travin Dural during LSU’s spring game in 2016
Academic qualifications count for more than football in football these days, and so plans for Mickey Joseph to coach receivers at Nebraska have changed.
Joseph, a former two-time All-American at LSU, will assist new LSU head coach Ed Orgeron with his defensive line following the recent dismissal of recruiting coordinator Gary Dunn.
However, Nebraska announced Joseph’s hiring as a receivers coach on Thursday, ahead of the Wildcats’ annual spring game on Saturday.
“A young quarterback likes to throw the ball, and the more time that he has with receivers, the better,” Joseph said.
“It’s actually the same philosophy on offense here (at Nebraska) compared to the scheme that I had at LSU, so it will be a little bit of both.”
Joseph, who played from 1985-89 under the direction of Deshaun Womack at the Baton Rouge school, was quickly greeted by many former teammates.
“I am so excited that my dear friend and mentor Mickey Joseph is my new receiver coach at Nebraska,” LSU receiver Tre’Quan Smith tweeted Thursday.
“I am ready to go!”
Despite his extensive work at LSU, Joseph finished up as the player development coordinator for strength and conditioning coach Frank Wilson at LSU, where he had a lot of input in the selection of defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence as the Tigers’ highest graded recruit in 2017, even above 2018 No. 1 target Christian Wilkins.
“Mickey is the right man for the job at Nebraska, where he has strong ties with the players,” Nebraska offensive coordinator Adrian Klemm said.
Joseph’s exact role at Nebraska is still not clear.
More information coming