|Position:||Assistant Coach - Inside Linebackers|
Barrett Ruud, the all-time leading tackler in Nebraska history, is in his second season as the Huskers' inside linebackers coach in 2019. Following a successful NFL playing career, Ruud is in his fourth year overall as a member of Scott Frost's staff.
In his first season as a full-time coach in 2018, Ruud's inside linebackers helped Nebraska improve by 27 spots in scoring defense from the 2017 season and by 61 spots in pass efficiency defense. Both of Ruud's starting inside linebackers put together impressive seasons in 2018, with Mohamed Barry leading the team with 112 tackles and Dedrick Young II ranking second with 83 stops. Barry enjoyed a breakout season under Ruud's tutelage en route to All-Big Ten honors. Barry recorded 112 tackles in 2018 after totaling just 44 stops in his first two seasons combined. He ranked second in the Big Ten and 38th nationally with an average of 9.3 tackles per game, and Barry's 112 tackles were the most by a Husker since All-American Lavonte David had 133 tackles in 2011. Barry had seven games with 10 or more tackles, becoming only the fifth Husker to have seven double-figure tackle efforts in one season and the first in eight years. Barry also set a career high with 11 tackles for loss and posted the first 2.0 sacks of his career.
Young was nearly as productive in his only year under Ruud, setting career highs in what was one of the most impressive statistical careers by a Husker defender. Young totaled a career-high 83 tackles in 2018 to end his career with 284 tackles, the fifth-highest total in Nebraska history. In addition to his career-high in tackles, Young also broke up a career-high five passes and intercepted the first pass of his career under Ruud's guidance.
Following an eight-year career as an NFL linebacker, Ruud got his start in coaching on the Nebraska staff as a defensive intern in 2014. Ruud then served as a quality control administrator on Frost's staff at Central Florida in 2016 and 2017, helping the Knights to the greatest two-year turnaround in modern college football history, including a 13-0 record in 2017, when UCF was the nation's only unbeaten team and won the American Athletic Conference title and the Peach Bowl.
Ruud was hired as part of Frost’s Nebraska staff in December of 2017, and was elevated to an assistant coach role in January of 2018, on the first day that FBS football programs were allowed to add a 10th full-time assistant coach.
Ruud boasts extensive knowledge of the linebacker position from his playing days. He totaled 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, when Nebraska battled Miami for the national championship.
Following his Husker career, Ruud was a second-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, when 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. He played six seasons in Tampa Bay and also played for Tennessee, New Orleans and Houston.
Ruud will be part of a Nebraska defensive staff that includes four other full-time assistants who worked at UCF the past two seasons, led by defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. Together the group, helped UCF make dramatic improvements over the past two seasons. The Knights were also among the top teams in the nation in takeaways, with their 58 takeaways the past two seasons ranking third among FBS schools in that time period.
Ruud earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Nebraska in 2005, and he was a three-time first-team academic All-Big 12 honoree. He and his wife, Jenna, have two sons, Brooks and Hudson.
2018-present: Nebraska, Assistant Coach (Inside Lienbackers)
2016-17: Central Florida, Quality Control Administrator
2014: Nebraska, Defensive Intern