Bill Busch explained what losing linebacker Nick Henrich will mean for Nebraska’s defense moving forward.

Losing Henrich will be a major loss for Nebraska’s defense. Henrich suffered a season-ending injury and will be out for the remainder of the season. Henrich is a defensive captain for Nebraska and the defense will need to move forward without him. Busch, who is the interim defensive coordinator, just experienced another challenge in his 1st season in the position.

Busch spoke to the media on Wednesday and described Henrich’s season-ending injury as a “kick in the gut.” Busch will need to plan for several games without one of the best players on defense.

Henrich, a sophomore, was seen walking around on crutches. Before his injury, Henrich made an impact as a linebacker. He recorded 37 total tackles in 5 games. Henrich played his last game on Oct. 15 against Purdue. In that game, Henrich had 8 total tackles.

He has been with the program since 2019, but this was his 2nd season playing football at Nebraska. He was an important part of the program’s culture as the team captain and it will require other players to fill in for him as a leader.

Nebraska is set to host Illinois on Saturday.