Troy Walters, Sean Beckton and Zach Duval are officially heading from Orlando to Lincoln to join Scott Frost’s staff, the Huskers confirmed Friday.
The moves were reported Thursday afternoon after new UCF coach Josh Heuple reportedly tried to get Walters, the Knights’ offensive coordinator, and Beckton, a longtime UCF coach, to stay on as a part of his new staff, but the familiarity with Frost outweighed everything else.
Walters will make $700,000 a year, with Beckton earning a $400,000 salary and Duval making $375,000 a year. Walters earned just $350,000 last season at Central Florida, Beckton $240,000 and Duval $170,000.
Walters, a former NFL wide receiver and Biletnikoff winner, will serve as Frost’s offensive coordinator in Lincoln while also coaching the wide receivers. Beckton will coach tight ends in a similar role to what he had on Frost’s staff at Central Florida. Duval, a Nebraska alum who began his professional career with the Huskers in 1994, will replace Mark Philipp as the new head strength and conditioning coach.
The additions fill out the remaining spots on Frost’s staff and ensure that the 2018 Husker coaching staff will be the 2017 UCF coaching staff. Central Florida led the country in points per game last season while completing a turnaround from winless in 2015 to unbeaten conference champions in 2017.
All three will have two-year contracts running through Dec. 31, 2019.
The only known member of the staff left without a confirmed role is Barrett Ruud, but his position is expected to be made official after Jan. 9. The staff is still expected to coach the Knights in the Peach Bowl against No. 7 Auburn on Jan. 1.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.