Report: Nebraska parting ways with special teams analyst
Nebraska is reportedly parting ways with one of its analysts.
The Omaha World-Herald is reporting that the Huskers will not retain Jonathan Rutledge following the 2020 season. He was a senior special teams analyst who was hired last winter to help improve Nebraska is that aspect of the game. After one season, Scott Frost is moving on from Rutledge.
Last season, Nebraska ranked near the bottom of the B1G in several key special teams areas. The Huskers were 11th in opponent kickoff returns and opponent punt returns, which have been issues during Frost’s tenure in Lincoln. They also ranked 11th in the punting.
Nebraska did see significant improvement in the field goal game, though, thanks to the success of kicker Connor Culp. Culp converted on 13-of-15 field goal attempts during the 2020 season and knocked down all 20 extra point tries, as well.
Whether or not Nebraska will look to hire a special teams coordinator or continue to have someone work in an off-the-field role is still unknown. The Huskers ended the 2020 season with a 3-5 record.