Published Saturday, August 4, 2012 AT 12:01 PM / Updated at 5:35 PM
Football: Huskers add assistants Ganz, Mandelko
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

A new NCAA rule approved in April 2011 granted Nebraska and other FBS programs the ability to add two more graduate assistants to the coaching staff this August. One of them is former Husker quarterback Joe Ganz, who served an an intern under offensive coordinator Shawn Watson in 2010, and current coordinator Tim Beck last year. Ganz will work with quarterbacks.

New defensive graduate assistant Jake Mandelko will work with defensive backs. Mandelko played at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he earned The World-Herald’s honorary captain spot on the 2009 All-Nebraska Division II football team. Ganz and Mandelko join current graduate assistants Vince Marrow (tight ends) and T.J. Hollowell (linebackers). All four can make recruiting calls on behalf of NU and instruct players during practice time.

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  1. TexasHusker says:

    Welcome and congratulations, boys!

    Now, get after it.


  2. redark says:

    Joe was great at throwing on the run, hope he helps T Majic improve in that department .

  3. Coach Woodman says:

    Welcome aboard gentlemen. Ganz was an excellent quarter back when he finally got to play at Nebraska. I often wonder if we could have had his offense and Sue’s defense on the same year, if we wouldn’t have made it to the National Championship game.

    1. Terrance says:

      You are so right about that, i loved Joe Ganz and Zac Taylor, if we could had just had them both longer!! we could have won some big games with Suh,Dillard,O’Hanlon and Amukamara, hopefully Taylor comes around and i think he will, the kids fast

  4. Bryan says:

    AWESOME!! Glad to have Joe Ganz around the Huskers QB’s. GO BIG RED!!!!

  5. R says:

    …Yeah, but can they throw …???

    1. pat jones says:

      Hell yea he can throw!!!!!!!