While their worth as recruiters remains to be seen as at a place like Nebraska, the Huskers defensive coaching staff will feature quite a bit of talent as teachers this spring.
With the hire of former Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart last week, Nebraska now has two position coaches who were defensive coordinators at one point in their career, to go along with current defensive coordinator Mark Banker. Nebraska defensive line coach Hank Hughes, was the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati last season.
“You can never lose the substance of football. You have to put a good product on the field and you need good coaches to do with that,” said head coach Mike Riley on AM 590 ESPN radio in Omaha last week. “I love the fact that you have three guys there who have all coordinated at a high level. They all have a big picture mentality. They know how their position fits, but in the grander scheme know how this should look. I’m excited about that. This is a great group of people.”
While Stewart is new to the group, Hughes and Banker have history, despite never working together. The two were college teammates and remained friends.
“I love the guy,” said Banker in January. “He’s got a toughness about him…He’s got a sense of humor and most importantly for the job he’s been a tremendous recruiter.”
Riley was asked about the three as recruiters.
“In the world of college football you have to have guys who are good recruiters and good evaluators,” Riley told AM 590 ESPN. “I think evaluation is the starting point to have a good recruiting class.”
Listen to Banker talk about Hank Hughes at the 2:40 mark.