Former Nebraska great Barrett Ruud will return to his alma mater for the 2018 college football season.
Nebraska announced on Tuesday that Rudd has officially joined Scott Frost’s coaching staff and has been named a full-time assistant as the linebackers coach. Ruud will primarily work with inside linebackers, as the tweet below specifies.
.@BarrettRuud has been named a full-time assistant coach in charge of inside linebackers.
— ❄️ Nebraska Football ❄️ (@HuskerFBNation) January 9, 2018
Ruud was first hired to join Scott Frost’s staff in early December, but was officially given an assistant coach role on Tuesday, according to the news release. Tuesday is the first day that FBS football programs were allowed to add a 10th full-time assistant coach to their staff, and Nebraska wasted no time bringing in one of its own.
Ruud — the all-time leading tackler in Nebraska history — was a member of Frost’s staff at UCF over the last two seasons, where he served as a defensive quality control administrator.
As the 10th assistant on Frost’s staff, which was given $5 million pool for the 2018 season, Ruud will receive a salary of $325,000.
In his playing days with Nebraska, Ruud recorded a school-record 432 tackles, which is 90 more than any other player in program history. In addition, Ruud was a freshman All-American as well as a third-team All-American in 2004. He was also a three-time All-Big 12 selection.
Ruud entered the 2005 NFL Draft and was selected in the second round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played for six seasons. Ruud also played for the Tennessee Titans, the New Orleans Saints and the Houston Texans. In his eight seasons at the pro level, he totaled 658 tackles, 6 sacks, 7 interceptions and 6 forced fumbles.