|Position:||Assistant Coach - Inside Linebackers|
Barrett Ruud, the all-time leading tackler in Nebraska history, returned to coach his alma mater as a member of Scott Frost's staff. Ruud will serve at Nebraska's inside linebackers coach in 2018.
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 the past two seasons, 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 early December, but was elevated to an assistant coach role in January, 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: Nebraska, Assistant Coach (Inside Lienbackers)
2016-17: Central Florida, Quality Control Administrator
2014: Nebraska, Defensive Intern