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Brian Stewart

Brian Stewart spent three seasons as Maryland's defensive coordinator before joining Mike Riley's staff at Nebraska.

All the assistant coaches are signed on the dotted line now.

New Husker defensive backs coach Brian Stewart will make $400,000 this year, with his salary increasing to $425,000 in 2016, according to his contract, provided to the Journal Star per request.

Coming to NU after spending the last three years as Maryland's defensive coordinator, Stewart's contract runs through Jan. 31, 2017.

The Huskers will pay five assistants $400,000 or more in 2015. Only Tim Beck made at least that last year while serving in the offensive coordinator role. Mind you, Beck made $715,000, much more than any of the coaches on this year's staff.

The man Stewart replaces, Charlton Warren, was scheduled to make $250,000 this year (with his salary increasing to $275,000 next year), though it's unclear what NU might have offered as a counter to Warren's job opportunity in North Carolina.

The 50-year-old Stewart was also a defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys from 2007-08, and the Houston Cougars from 2010-11 before holding the same role at Maryland.

Husker head coach Mike Riley moved fast to hire Stewart, with NU officially naming him as Warren's replacement just 11 days after it was announced Warren was leaving.

Here are the salaries of Riley's staff for 2015:

Mark Banker, defensive coordinator: $550,000

Danny Langsdorf, offensive coordinator: $500,000

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Bruce Read, special teams coordinator: $450,000

Mike Cavanaugh, offensive line: $400,000

Brian Stewart, secondary: $400,000

Reggie Davis, running backs: $325,000

Hank Hughes, defensive line: $300,000

Keith Williams, wide receivers: $275,000

Trent Bray, linebackers: $250,000

The combined salaries of the assistants comes to $3.45 million. A year ago Husker assistants were paid a total of $2.95 million.

Bo Pelini made a base salary of $3.025 million in 2014 while Mike Riley will make $2.7 this year.

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

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