As every day passes, speculation that Nebraska defensive line coach John Papuchis will be eventually named the new Husker defensive coordinator increases. On Monday afternoon, he got a ringing endorsement from a colleague.
"I think J.P. is one of the best young coaches in America," stated Nebraska offensive line coach Barney Cotton. "He's done a tremendous job with our special teams and he is a great technician, he's great communicator, he's a good recruiter - he's one of the best young coaches I have ever been around."
This comes after Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini's session with reporters on Friday, where he called Papuchis a good coach, but would not hint that the defensive coordinator position was his.
"It's Bo's decision and he's going to do what he feels is best for the program. When he's ready to make a decision on that we'll all see," said Papuchis. "It would be tremendous. But there is a lot to be done before that. We will see how it all plays out and leave that to Bo."
With the departure of former defensive coordinator Carl Pelini to Florida Atlantic, it's been believed that Papuchis, who is also the special teams and recruiting coordinator for Nebraska, has stepped up his role in practices – a rumor that was put to rest on Monday with reporters.
"Really not much has changed. I'm still doing the special teams stuff, we will see what happens going forward," said Papuchis. "Everyone is pulling their weight and coaching their position. Anytime you lose someone, it leaves a void. Ross (Els) has done a great job with the linebackers and Corey (Raymond) with the secondary. We are all just trying to do the best we can."