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Husker football coaches at the Rococo Theatre

Nebraska linebackers coach Barrett Ruud (left) and defensive line coach Mike Dawson talk during a signing day event for football season ticket holders on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at the Rococo Theatre.

The first departure from Scott Frost's Nebraska coaching staff is on the books. 

Defensive line coach Mike Dawson is leaving the program to take a job with the New York Giants, the school announced Monday. 

“Coach Dawson informed me late last week he had chosen to accept a coaching position with the New York Giants," Frost said in a statement. "Mike has been a key part of our staff the past three seasons at Nebraska and UCF. He is a man of great character, an outstanding teacher, relates well to players and is a tremendous asset for any coaching staff.

“When you are fortunate to have outstanding coaches on your staff, they are going to have other opportunities in this profession. We will miss Coach Dawson, but wish him and his family the best as he takes the next step in his career with the Giants.”

The Giants announced Monday afternoon that Dawson will serve as the team's outside linebackers coach. 

"This one hurts, always treated us like we were his own sons," NU defensive lineman Ben Stille tweeted Monday. "Helped us take our game to another level. This is what happens when you’re one of the best coaches in the nation, congrats coach!"

Said redshirt freshman defensive end Casey Rogers, whom Dawson recruited out of New York, "Thank you coach for being a father figure to me during my first year at Nebraska! Congrats and good luck in the great state of New York!" 

Dawson has been on Frost's staff since Frost became the head coach at Central Florida in late-2016. Dawson has NFL experience, having coached three years with the Philadelphia Eagles before joining Frost in Florida. 

He is an East Coast native and had spent most of his professional career in the Eastern time zone before coming with Frost to Lincoln. 

Like each of Nebraska's assistant coaches, Dawson had recently been offered a one-year extension through Dec. 30, 2020. He signed his term letter Jan. 19. His salary was set to stay at $475,000. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com 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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