Husker LB Nick Henrich calls Mickey Joseph’s energy ‘contagious’
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska head coach Mickey Joseph has seemingly brought a different energy to the football program.
During a Tuesday press conference, several Huskers spoke about the team’s energy and progress since Joseph was named interim head coach.
Quarterback Casey Thompson emphasized that the goal for the Huskers is to build a winning culture at Nebraska.
But first, the team needs to focus on the process and winning on a daily basis.
“We are just focused on taking one day at a time and one week at a time,” Thompson said. “I think since Mickey Joseph has taken over, he has done a good job at allowing us to focus on the task at hand and not get too ahead of ourselves.”
Really like what Casey Thompson said about the #Huskers momentum and how interim HC Mickey Joseph’s aided the teams outlook.
“Since Mickey Joseph has taken over he’s done a good job at allowing us to focus on the task at hand and not get too ahead of ourselves.” pic.twitter.com/730fxyBrTI
— Lauren Michelson (@LaurenMichelson) October 11, 2022
Thompson reiterated a lot of the same points Joseph has pushed in the last couple of weeks: “We have to take it one day at a time.”
And that mentality has helped bring confidence to defensive lineman Ty Robinson, who thinks he’s been playing looser.
“When I do play loose, good things can happen,” he said.
And good things are happening for the Huskers. The team is now sitting in a three-way tie atop the Big Ten West with Illinois and Purdue.
Nebraska was able to come back from a 13-point deficit against Rutgers on Saturday, securing its second conference win of the season.
Linebacker Nick Henrich says the team is not only taking it day by day – but play by play.
“I think we have done a good job making adjustments throughout the game and at halftime especially,” he said. “And then when we come off the field we are taking it series by series and moving on right after the last series, so I think that has been huge.”
A possible new mantra for the Huskers could be seen written in Sharpie on Henrich’s tape during last Saturday’s game: “Never out of the fight.”
Henrich said the new catchphrase was just something he started writing on his arm.
“I just wrote it on my arm Indiana and then just kind of started saying it on the sideline to just speak it into existence and it has kind of picked up,” he said. “A lot of other guys on the team like it, so we are going to keep rolling with it.”
Write it down.
Hold it up. pic.twitter.com/j5TIZTY4PF
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) October 10, 2022
Henrich said Joseph has made the “super tough” transition between coaches easy.
Since Joseph took over, the Huskers are 2-1 and are looking to win a third straight game against Purdue on Saturday.
“I just say it’s his energy he brings every day is huge,” Henrich said. “It is contagious.”
Nebraska will face Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.