Nebraska has added a new offensive and defensive analyst as well as a new director of player development.
Bill Busch was once an assistant coach for Bill Callahan at Nebraska from 2004-2007. After that stint at Nebraska he has been all throughout the landscape of college football but most recently he spent three seasons at LSU as the safeties coach including on LSU’s 2019 National Championship team. Busch has a lot of Nebraska ties including the fact he grew up in Pender, NE.
Busch is well known as a great recruiter. Possibly he has some connections for this staff to take advantage of before he inevitably takes over as a full time assistant coach when one defensive coach inevitably leaves
Looking at you Travis Fisher (who reportedly was being courted by Georgia this past off-season).
Keanan Lowe will be taking the reins of the Offensive Analyst position. He played for Frost at Oregon at wide receiver. Last year he spent time at UCLA as an analyst under Chip Kelly.
Marcus Castro-Walker could end being one of the most important hires of the off-season. The position is likely undervalued but if you want to keep kids on campus after they actually show up on your roster then you need somebody who will be available to deal with any questions or issues, for you know, kids from Florida or Georgia.
Hopefully Castro-Walker will be a solution that Ron Brown probably was not fit to fill.
Here is a statement from the Athletic Department:
Nebraska Head Coach Scott Frost announced Monday the addition of three staff members for the Husker football program. Marcus Castro-Walker has been hired as the Director of Player Development, Bill Busch joins the Huskers as a Defensive Analyst, and Keanon Lowe will serve as an Offensive Analyst.
Castro-Walker and Lowe both have previous experience with Frost. Busch, a Nebraska native, will be in his third stint with the Husker football program.
“The three men we have added to our staff will all impact our program in a positive way,” Frost said. “Marcus Castro-Walker has a natural ability to connect with young student-athletes, help them in their transition to college and maximize their full experience as a college football player. He will be a great supplement to many of the off-field programs our staff already has in place for our players.
“Keanon Lowe is a rising star in the coaching profession and will complement our offensive staff very well. Having coached Keanon at Oregon, I know the type of character, competitiveness, and football IQ he brings to our program. Bill Busch has a proven track record of coaching success at the highest level throughout his career, and he will be a great addition to our defensive staff. Bill has an investment in this program and understands what it takes to win at Nebraska.”
Castro-Walker has spent the past four years as the director of college personnel at Arizona State, working on Herm Edwards’ staff. Castro-Walker held a similar role at UCF working on Frost’s staff with the Knights. In his role at Nebraska, Castro-Walker will work closely with Frost to manage and oversee many off-field responsibilities for Husker football student-athletes.
Busch brings more than 20 seasons of coaching experience at Power Five schools to the Nebraska staff. Busch spent the previous three seasons at LSU as the safeties coach and helped the Tigers to a national championship in 2019.
Busch had two previous four-year stints at Nebraska, most recently as an assistant coach from 2004 to 2007. Busch also worked at Nebraska as a graduate assistant from 1990 to 1993, helping the Huskers to three consecutive Big Eight championships. Head coaches Busch has worked with during his coaching career include Barry Alvarez, Tom Osborne and Urban Meyer.
Lowe comes to Nebraska after one season at UCLA as an analyst. Prior to serving on Chip Kelly’s staff, Lowe was the head coach at West Linn (Ore.) High School and Parkrose High School in Oregon, before moving to the college ranks. Lowe also served on Kelly’s staffs with the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.
Lowe was a standout receiver at Oregon with 68 career catches for nearly 900 yards and 11 touchdowns from 2011 to 2014. During Lowe’s first two seasons as a player, Frost served as the Ducks’ receivers coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator. In Lowe’s final two years, current Nebraska offensive coordinator Matt Lubick served as Oregon’s receivers coach.