Like Mark Banker, Trent Bray is another defensive coach following Riley from Oregon State.
Bray was a standout linebacker for Riley at OSU. He finished with 337 tackles, ranking among the top 10 career tacklers in Oregon State history. He earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior.
Bray has spent the past three seasons coaching linebackers for Riley. He also has emerged as a key player in recruiting.
During his playing career, Bray was considered a film-study nut. He would linger around the coaching offices trying to see what he else he could learn.
“His preparation was impeccable,” Banker said. “He was like that constantly. So he had to be a coach. Why else would you do any of that stuff?”
One of Bray’s strongest attributes may be his age (32), allowing for more comfort with recruits and players.
“I think there’s a comfort level they have with me that maybe they might not have with an older staff member,” Bray said. “I think there is something to that. I think being not too far removed from the game, they feel they can come talk to me about different stuff than other people.”
Said Banker: “He definitely our fountain of youth.”
Prior to Nebraska
2012-14: Oregon State (linebackers)
2010-11: Arizona State (linebackers)
2009: Arizona State (graduate assistant)
2009: California Redwoods, United Football League (assistant coach)