Nebraska struggled mightily on special teams in 2021, which is especially painful for a team that dropped so many one-score decisions. This year, there’s an “all hands on deck” approach in Lincoln.

The Big Ten Network was on hand for Thursday’s practice. Analyst Gerry DiNardo noted that all but 2 of the position coaches worked with special teams as coordinator Bill Busch led the effort.

In his comments to reporters on Thursday, Busch shared appreciation for his colleagues getting the Cornhuskers prepared for special teams.

“Our assistant coaches are incredible and it takes a whole unit of coaches to build to get them ready,” Busch told reporters, per KLKN’s Lauren Michelson. “Yes, I organize it. I’m the one in charge of it. But our assistant coaches are lights out. And I feel it’s going to be a big difference for us.”

He specifically praised Mickey Joseph, the former LSU wide receivers coach who took the same position on Scott Frost’s staff ahead of the 2022 campaign.

“Coach Joseph’s doing an unbelievable job of having his guys ready for when they need to be in special teams,” Busch said. “They’re performing at a very high level with a lot of energy because we need offensive guys that can run down and tackle, it can’t just be defenders that do that.