On Tuesday, Nebraska officially announced Barrett Ruud as head coach Scott Frost’s 10th assistant coach. The all-time leading tackler in Husker history, Ruud will coach inside linebackers for Nebraska while Jovan Dewitt handles the outside linebackers.
Per NCAA rules, FBS programs weren’t allowed to have a 10th assistant on staff until Tuesday, Jan. 9. Ruud was hired in December along with the rest of the staff, but was officially elevated to an assistant coach following the conclusion of the 2017 season with Monday night's CFP National Championship.
Ruud is also no stranger to Scott Frost coaching staffs in general. He was with Frost for the last two seasons at Central Florida as a defensive quality control administrator.
Inside linebackers weren’t a glaring issue last season compared to the rest of the defensive struggles, with senior Chris Weber and junior Dedrick Young II manning the middle. But, with Weber gone, the Huskers will be looking to replace that production elsewhere and if there’s anyone that knows how to coach up linebackers, it’s Ruud.
The Nebraska native finished with a school-record 432 tackles in his Nebraska career, 90 more than any other Husker. He was a freshman All-American, a three-time All-Big 12 selection and a 2004 third-team All-American. Ruud played in the 2002 Rose Bowl and was drafted in the second round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005.
Ruud will join four other full-time assistants on the defensive side of the ball for the Huskers: Erik Chinander (defensive coordinator), Mike Dawson (defensive line), Travis Fisher (defensive backs) and Dewitt.
His salary will be worth $200,000 a year, running through Dec. 31, 2019. That puts the Huskers' assistant salary pool (including strength coach Zach Duval) at $4.875 million, $125,000 under budget. Athletic director Bill Moos said when Frost was hired, anything extra could be dispersed by Frost with his approval.
Nebraska also announced the remaining members of its football staff, a collection of new additions, former UCF staffers and members of the last Nebraska coaching staff.
- Gerrod Lambrecht, Chief of Staff
- Matt Davison, Associate AD for Football
- Sean Dillon, Director of Player Personnel
- Ryan Callaghan, Assistant Director of Player Personnel
- Mike Cassano, National High School Relations
- Trent Mossbrucker, Assistant Director of Football Operations
- Frank Verducci, Senior Offensive Analyst
- Zach Crespo, Special Teams Quality Control
- Jack Cooper, Defensive Quality Control
- Dustin Haines, Offensive Analyst
- Steve DeMeo, Graduate Manager – Offensive Line
- Jasen Carlson, Assistant Football Strength Coach
- Andrew Strop, Assistant Football Strength Coach
- Sean Beckton Jr., Performance Intern
- Kenny Wilhite, Director of High School Relations
- Adam Clark, Director of Football Operations
- James Rodgers, Director of Player Development
- Tate Guillotte, Director of Video Technology
- Ryan Voecks, Video Coordinator
- Nick Smith, Graduate Assistant Coach
- Cole Ashby, Graduate Manager – Wide Receivers
- Joni Duff, Football Staff Secretary—Head Coach/Defense/Special Teams
- Teri Riggins, Football Staff Secretary—Offense/Recruiting
- Kevin Ashmos, Recruiting Intern
- Addison Morris, Recruiting/Operations Intern
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