In a move that many saw coming a mile away, the Cornhuskers announced the hiring of Barrett Ruud as their 10th full-time assistant coach today. Today was the first day that FBS programs around the country could hire a 10th full-time coach and Frost elevated Ruud after he spent the last month digging into the Husker roster and recruiting.
Ruud served on Frost’s UCF staff the past two seasons as a defensive quality control administrator and was pivotal in landing talented juco linebacker transfer Will Honas.
The all-time leading tackler at Nebraska, Ruud will coach the inside linebackers in the Huskers 3-4 defense. He holds a vast amount of knowledge about the linebacker position from his time playing it. He leads the Huskers with 432 all-time tackles in his Husker career in addition to being named a freshman All-American, three-time All-Big 12 member, and a third team All-American in 2004.
Following his time at Nebraska, Ruud was a second-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him with the 36th overall pick. Ruud spent eight seasons in the NFL, recording 658 tackles with six sacks, seven interceptions and six forced fumbles for Tampa Bay, Tennessee, New Orleans, and Houston.
In addition to Ruud’s joining the staff as a full-time assistant coach, Nebraska also announced the following members of its football staff today. Many of the individuals have been working for the Huskers over the past month, while others joined the program after the completion of UCF’s undefeated season.
Nebraska Football 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
The following individuals previously on the Nebraska staff are also part of Coach Frost’s Nebraska staff.
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