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Hardie Buck played college football at Alabama, with the Crimson Tide capturing national championships (2009, 2011) during his stay.

A wide receiver, he developed into a regular on special teams.

With Nebraska receivers coach Keith Williams out of the picture indefinitely, Buck perhaps becomes a bit more important in the grand scheme.

"Hardie Buck is a full-fledged, on-the-field G.A. (graduate assistant) that has been working with Keith Williams because of the numbers Keith has," Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said Monday. "Hardie can individually work with those guys. And, of course, both Danny (Langsdorf) and I were more proactive with that today."

According to the Husker football media guide, Buck played in every game over his final two seasons at Alabama, making 17 tackles. He earned his bachelor's in 2011.

He then spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons assisting Bruce Read with the special teams at Oregon State. He then served as special teams coordinator at Jacksonville State before joining the Nebraska staff in 2015 as an offensive graduate manager. He's in his first year as a G.A.

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He evidently feels a strong bond with Williams.

Buck made it clear he didn't like an apparent subtweet by Ohio State receivers coach Zach Smith, who has a bit of a Twitter rivalry with Williams. After hearing news of Williams' arrest, Smith sent out the following ...

To which Buck replied, via Twitter, "Way to kick a man while he's down for your own personal gain you subtweeting classless coward. Grow up."

Buck's tweet has since been deleted.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com.

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Husker columnist

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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