New Husker stafer Devaney set to make $300,000 this year
LINCOLN — Billy Devaney, hired Wednesday to be Nebraska's executive director of player personnel and the special assistant to the head coach, will make $300,000 in 2016.
NU released Devaney's annual salary Friday.
Devaney was the St. Louis Rams' general manager for three seasons, has had a couple stints as an NFL scout and has worked inside the personnel offices of several pro teams. But he was brought on to take over a new position at Nebraska.
He'll work partly as a consultant for coach Mike Riley, pertaining to all aspects of the program. Devaney will also oversee the recruiting department.
The four-man recruiting team is made up of Ryan Gunderson, director of player personnel; Andy Vaughn, director of football and recruiting operations; Kenny Wilhite, director of high school relations; and Todd McShane, assistant director of player personnel. Those four are set to make a combined $357,000.
Wilhite, originally hired by former NU coach Bo Pelini in 2014, made $35,000 in his first year at Nebraska before receiving a $50,000 raise in 2015. His salary got another bump, too. He'll make $100,000 in 2016.
NU's football operations duo — director Dan Van De Riet and assistant Hilary O'Bryan — will combine to make $257,500. Strength coach Mark Philipp's salary is $206,000.
The other new Husker hire announced Wednesday — defensive line coach John Parrella — has agreed to a two-year deal that pays him $250,000 annually. That puts the total salary pool for NU's assistants at $3.675 million.
Ex-Huskers test at combine
INDIANAPOLIS — Former Husker players Andy Janovich and Alex Lewis went through the standard drills at the NFL combine, wrapping up their four-day audition for professional coaches and scouts.
Janovich, grouped with the running backs, recorded a 34 inch vertical (11th-best within his position) and a 119-inch broad jump (13th). He did run the slowest 40-yard dash of the running backs, finishing the sprint in 4.81 seconds.
Janovich completed the three cone drill in 7.28 seconds (13th), the 20-yard shuttle in 4.32 seconds (ninth) and the 60-yard shuttle in 11.95 seconds (tied for 10th). Only about half the running backs were tested in those drills, though. Janovich recorded 30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press Thursday, tying for the most of the running backs who participated in that exercise.
Lewis ran the 40-yard dash in 5.22 seconds, tying for 19th-best among offensive linemen. He had a broad jump of 100 inches (tied for 27th). He finished the three cone drill in 7.94 seconds (tied for 26th). He completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.72 seconds (tied for 19th).
None of the offensive linemen were tested in the 60-yard shuttle or the vertical jump. Lewis had the 15th-most reps (27) on the bench press Thursday.
Collins, Valentine weigh in
Former Nebraska defensive linemen Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine weighed in and got measured at the combine. Both came in well above 300 pounds. Collins was 6-foot-2, 311 pounds, while Valentine was 6-4, 329.
In an interview at the combine, Collins said he's looking forward to Sunday's workouts.
"We'll have to see come Sunday how I stand out," Collins said in an interview recorded, among other news outlets, by Rivals. Collins added he felt like he'd fit into "any scheme."
"Whatever team drafts me and wants me to play, I feel like I can do it," Collins said.
Collins blamed himself for a drop in production during his junior season. He said he has many positive traits that NFL teams should like. Collins is projected to be drafted anywhere from the first round to the fourth round.
"Being quick and explosive, being a guy who's low maintenance," Collins said.
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