Almost all of Mike Riley's initial staff for his first season as Nebraska Cornhuskers Head Coach seems to be set.
#UC co-defensive coordinator Hank Hughes is headed to Nebraska as co-DC/D-line coach. #Bearcats— Tom Groeschen (@TomGroeschen) January 3, 2015
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.