Nebraska Cornhuskers special teams coach Bill Busch had high praise for one of his new kick returners: Anthony Grant.

Busch said to reporters Thursday if there is one guy that has impressed him so far, it’s been Grant. He said Grant would be Nebraska’s top kickoff returner if the season opened today.

“If we went out there today, the person I like in that spot is Anthony Grant.”

That may come as a surprise to some fans when expectations were that LSU transfer Trey Palmer, who was expected to play that same position, wasn’t even mentioned.

But Grant was considered one of the best offensive players coming out of junior college. While at New Mexico Military Institute, Grant rushed for over 2,500 yards and 28 touchdowns during his time there.

He averaged 7.1 yards per carry and also averaged 127 yards rushing per game. Grant was named the 2021 NJCAA Male Student-Athlete of the Year, in addition to being the Division I Offensive Player of the Year and an All-American.

He may not be a well-known name to Cornhuskers fans, but it sounds like he will be soon. It sounds like Grant will not only contribute to the Huskers backfield this season but provide much-needed help on special teams.