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Scott Frost’s staff and who might be coming to Lincoln

Now that Scott Frost is Nebraska’s new head football coach, one of the biggest questions to be answered is how he’ll assemble his coaching staff.

Frosts’ UCF staff had five coaches on it with ties to Nebraska.

  • Barrett Ruud, Quality Control Administrator, played linebacker at Nebraska from 2001-2004.
  • Greg Austin, Offensive Line Coach, was a Husker lineman from 2003-2006.
  • Ryan Held, Running Backs Coach, was a Nebraska wide receiver and quarterback from 1993-1996.
  • Zach Duval, Strength and Conditioning Coach, was on Nebraska’s strength staff from 1994-2002.
  • Gerrod Lambrecht, Chief of Staff/Director of Operations, played offensive line at Concordia University in 1997.
Zach Duval, Central Florida’s strength and conditioning coach, played linebacker at Nebraska from 1993-1996. He’s one of a handful of assistants that could follow Scott Frost to Lincoln.

Reports say that all five could follow Frost to Lincoln, along with defensive coordinator Eric Chinander, who also coached outside linebackers at Oregon from 2014-15. Frost’s last season as offensive coordinator at Oregon was 2015.

The Knights ranked 33rd nationally in scoring defense (22.5 ppg) in 2017.

UCF offensive coordinator Troy Walters was named interim head coach of UCF by athletic director Danny White on Saturday afternoon during a press conference.

White also said Frost and the entire Golden Knights staff are committed to coaching the team for the Peach Bowl on Jan. 1 in Atlanta.

The details of how bowl game preparation will go are still being ironed out.

Sean Dillon, UCF’s Director of Player Personnel has already changed his Twitter bio to “Director of Player Personnel – University of Nebraska.”

In addition, Nebraska extended an offer to four-star QB and current verbal commit to Tennessee, Adrian Martinez on Saturday evening.

Tagged in his tweet is UCF quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco. Martinez has told multiple sources that Verduzco will also be the QB coach at Nebraska.

Verduzco has 39 years of coaching experience, and has worked directly with Golden Knights’ So. quarterback McKenzie Milton for the past two seasons. Milton was the AAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.

He threw for 3,301 yards, 30 touchdowns and just six interceptions this season. He also ran for 429 yards and six scores.

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos will introduce Frost as Nebraska’s head coach during a press conference at Memorial Stadium on Sunday. The press conference will begin at noon.

KLIN will carry the press conference live on 1400 AM and at

We’ll have more on this story as it becomes available.


You can contact Tommy at 402-840-5226, or you can follow him on Twitter @Tommy_KLIN.

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