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Cincinnati's Hank Hughes To Become Nebraska's Defensive Line Coach

8 of the 9 hires are now complete for the Assistant staff.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Almost all of Mike Riley's initial staff for his first season as Nebraska Cornhuskers Head Coach seems to be set.

Hank Hughes, who spent last season with the Cincinnati Bearcats, will be joining the Huskers as their Defensive Line coach and co-Defensive Coordinator. This was first mentioned by Rivals' Nate Clouse on Tuesday.

Hughes, who was the Co-DC and Linebackers coach for Cincy, spent 13 years with the UConn Huskies between two Cincinnati stints (2001-2013).

In 2013 (Hughes last season as DC), UConn gave up an average of 30 points per game as the Huskies lost their first 9 ballgames before winning their last 3. That season, Paul Pasqualoni was dismissed on September 30th.

This is Hughes' first "Power 5" job, although with UConn he did participate in a BCS Bowl game, as he was on the staff for the Huskies 2010 Fiesta Bowl berth where Randy Edsall was the HC in a 48-20 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners.

In the years that Hughes was at UConn, they never allowed more than 4 yards per rush, letting up a high of 3.9 ypc in 2010 while having a low of 2.73 ypc in 2012.