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Troy Walters

Troy Walters served as Scott Frost's offensive coordinator for two seasons at Central Florida. He'll have the same title at Nebraska.


Scott Frost talked at length during his introductory news conference Sunday about the importance of unity. 

"When I was here under Coach (Tom) Osborne, there was unity in purpose, and unity in belief, and unity of understanding and unity of support for this program, what it stood for, and what it was accomplishing," he said then. "This program needs that again, this state needs that again." 

Another place unity will exist: Frost's first coaching staff. In fact, it appears the entire 2017 Central Florida staff will call Memorial Stadium home in 2018. 

In a radio interview on ESPN Orlando, new Knights head coach Josh Heupel indicated that he wanted tight ends coach Sean Beckton and offensive coordinator Troy Walters to remain at the school with him, but that they instead were planning on joining Frost at Nebraska. 

"I think those guys probably will be heading to Lincoln," Heupel said in the interview. "I tried to reach out to those guys, tried to keep them. I think they're tied to Scott a little bit. I obviously wanted them here."

Walters acknowledged his departure from UCF in a Twitter post Thursday night, saying, "The Walters family will always cherish being part of the Knight family. UCF will always hold a big place in our heart. … I look forward to ending this special 2017 season 13-0."  

In a further indication of his impending move to Nebraska, on Thursday night he followed Husker verbal commitments Cameron Brown and Joshua Moore on Twitter, and also NU freshman wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey. 

The additions of Walters and Beckton continue a remarkable staff transition from UCF to NU. In addition to Frost, all nine of his assistants and former Husker and Lincoln native Barrett Ruud, former UCF chief of operations Gerrod Lambrecht now also holds the same title here. Several key recruiting positions — led by director of player personnel Sean Dillon and associate director of player personnel Ryan Callaghan — have also moved to Lincoln. After the bowl game, it's considered likely that Lincoln native and UCF strength coach Zach Duval will make the move, as well. 

"When I hired a staff at UCF, I hired the best coaches I knew, but even more importantly I hired guys that were in the business to be mentors and guys that were going to genuinely care about players," Frost said. 

Likely the only coaching role that will change from 2017 UCF to 2018 Nebraska is using the newly created 10th assistant spot to split linebacker coaching duties between Ruud (inside) and Jovan Dewitt (outside) after Dewitt coached the entire corps last fall. 

As for the two likely final pieces, Walters' hire would mean the addition of a 2017 Broyles Award finalist and the man who helped Frost run the nation's top-scoring offense this fall. 

Walters was named interim head coach at UCF on Saturday, when Frost was officially named the head coach here, and he's overseeing the No. 10 Knights' preparations for Jan. 1's Peach Bowl against No. 7 Auburn. For that reason, it's unlikely that Walters would begin his work here before the new year.

Beckton is a UCF grad and one of only two holdovers when Frost took over at the program in December 2015. He has totaled 17 years coaching at the school over three stints and has coached wide receivers, defensive backs and tight ends. He'd been at UCF since 2009 and served as Frost's recruiting coordinator the past two years. 

Nebraska officials did not confirm the hirings and no official staffing announcements were made Thursday. 

During his playing days, Walters established himself as among the best receivers in Stanford's history. He won the 1999 Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top pass-catcher and that fall caught 74 for 1,456 yards and 10 touchdowns. In his career, he amassed 3,986 yards (16.3 yards per reception) and 26 scores. 

Before he joined Frost's staff at UCF, Walters coached wide receivers at Colorado from 2013-15 and also served as recruiting coordinator. At that time, he and Frost, then an assistant at Oregon, were conference foes in the Pac-12. 

With the two jobs still officially open, the Huskers secured waviers to allow Ruud and offensive analyst Frank Verducci — another former UCF employee — to get out on the road recruiting on behalf of NU. 

Contact the writer at or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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