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Husker assistants Williams and Bray earn significant raises
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Husker assistants Williams and Bray earn significant raises

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A couple Husker football coaches have been rewarded with two-year contract extensions and significant pay hikes after their first season in Lincoln.

Wide receivers coach Keith Williams will now make $400,000 a year, an upgrade from the $275,000 he initially signed on for a year ago.

Linebackers coach Trent Bray, meanwhile, will make $300,000 in 2016 and $325,000 the year after. The youngest full-time coach on NU's staff, he had been at $250,000 last year and was the lone assistant working on a one-year deal.

Both coaches' new contracts run through Jan. 31, 2018. Obtained via a media request, those are the only updated coaching contracts on the football staff at this time.

Husker head coach Mike Riley told the Journal Star in early January that Bray did "one of the best coaching jobs" on the staff with a young, battered linebacker group that lacked depth.

"He grew up like I did with a dad as a coach and he really, really soaked it all in," Riley said then. "He was a really good player for us (at Oregon State). Way back then, he was a really good student of the game. He was a natural to go into coaching. He has got a great way to teach, a great rapport with players, he does a great job recruiting, and he really works at it hard. This is real important to him. We want to stabilize that situation and keep it going."

Williams, meanwhile, is in charge of the position group many would say is Nebraska's strongest heading into this fall, with Jordan Westerkamp, Brandon Reilly, Alonzo Moore and Stanley Morgan leading the way.

Williams' son, Keyan, is also now listed on the Husker football roster. The wide receiver is a sophomore who transferred from Fresno State.

His father has seemed to be a hit with Husker receivers, preaching often for them to have "savage professionalism" and a "gorilla mindset" on the field.

Nobody perhaps showed more growth on the field than the senior-to-be Moore, who last fall praised Williams as being a big reason for that.

"I got one word: Gorilla. He's a gorilla. Inside and out," Moore said. "It wears off on us to where he's got baby gorillas — us receivers."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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