Louisiana native and former Husker quarterback Mickey Joseph joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Tuesday after becoming the wide receivers coach at LSU earlier this month.
Joseph discusses what he's learned through his long coaching career, what it's like getting to coach at the top program in his home state, what he values in recruiting and more.
Watch the full video from his interview below and also read a transcript of select excerpts.
On getting to coach at LSU:
"Anytime you come back and coach at LSU, growing up in Louisiana, that's the university. It's one of the top five universities in the country."
On when he knew he wanted to be a coach:
"It was during my senior year of college, having that injury and bouncing back from that injury. With Keithen McCant taking over, it was more helping him get the system and coaching him along. I said, 'You know, this might be a profession for me.' And I didn't really like punching clocks."
On what's changed most about recruiting over the years:
"Social media has changed recruiting a lot. These kids look at it, and they look at how many stars they're getting, and they get to see other kids that are getting recruited. ... You just have so much media attention toward it now."
On the most important lesson he's learned as a coach:
"You can't look at the next job. And the job that you have, you have to work like it's your last job. You have to be detailed with your coaching and be a great teacher. The jobs I've had in the past, I haven't had the most talented kids, but you're still responsible for those kids as a coach. You have to really be detailed and always give them something quickly and mentally they can do. I always kept that in mind. ... I had good head coaches I worked under, and they taught me the little things matter."
On how he's handled coaching several different position groups throughout his career:
"Just being in the system, I try to pay attention to everything that's going on in the meeting room — offensive line, quarterback, running backs, receivers. It's different, but at the end of the day, you've got to get your kids to buy in to the system, and let them know they just need to do their role and that's about it."
On whether he ever considered serving as a graduate assistant at Nebraska:
"At the time coming out, I didn't think about being a GA. I just thought about moving to Omaha and coaching (high school). It was more about getting started to see if I liked it or not. And once I got started, I went to Wayne State and then I moved back home and coached at my high school for a year, then I went to Tulane as a GA. And after that, that's when I started getting my full-time jobs. But you always want to come home, back to the school you played for and help them win. But Coach Riley's got a good staff there. He's going to do good things there. He won some games last year, and I'm sure he's going to win some more."
On recruiting Louisiana kids for LSU:
"A lot of kids' stories change when they're talking to me now. Before you were going in and you were recruiting for the transfer, in case the kid transfers. Now it's going in with LSU, and it's a lot of responsibility. Now you're supposed to get this kid. It's not just working. It's doing everything in your power to get this kid to come to Baton Rouge. It's no different than it was before, it's just a bigger task and you're supposed to get that kid because you're LSU."
On the most important intangible when evaluating recruits:
"First of all, I always ask the kids why they play football. One of your reasons you should play is because you love the game. If you love something, you're going to bust your tail to do everything possible to be successful. Some kids say 'I'm doing it to get an education.' That's fine also. I want you to do it to get an education. But I wouldn't be sitting here if you couldn't play football.
"Give me a football player. I know you're going to do schoolwork. That's part of the program. That's what you're supposed to do. But at the end of the day, you've got to play football to get that bill paid, and I don't know if a lot of kids understand that. ... It's a lot of hard work for these kids in football. They have long days. They're not normal students. So you've got to be ready for the grind you're going to inherit as a college football player."
On his brother, Vance, becoming the Denver Broncos head coach:
"We're really proud of Vance. VJ's been grinding in the NFL for a long time. It's long overdue. He's a great leader of men. He really enjoys the NFL. We're proud of him. We don't know what the future holds, but right now he's got a task at hand, and my cousin Terry, he left Texas A&M. Now he's at North Carolina.
"Now as a family, we're all trying to figure out the moves. We've got three families moving, and our wives are doing a great job. It's just the fact we're proud of each other, but we are competitive. I know Denver got the best coach they could get, because Vance is going to take them to the next level. And like he said in his press conference, it's not a broke organization. It's an organization that's missing one or two pieces of the puzzle. Now it's time to get to the Super Bowl."
On if he'd choose to play at Nebraska if he could do it over again:
"I got a lot of great memories in Nebraska. I needed Nebraska at the time because going up there, it's going from a boy to a man. You miss your family while you're up there, but you never regret it because it happened. ... My dad thought it would be best that he send Vance and I away, and that's what he did."