All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.
In Sunday's episode, Carriker talks about the newest additions to Nebraska's coaching staff, the continuity they seem to have and what it means for the Huskers.
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Here's a transcript from the show:
Welcome, everybody, to the Carriker Chronicles, the people’s show! Where each and every day I’m taking the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by Nebraska’s Spine Hospital.
But before I dive into today’s wonderful topics I want to talk about Tuesday’s show. Nebraska’s volleyball team is going to their third straight final four so on Tuesday’s Carriker Chronicles it’s all about the Nebraska volleyball team, and we’re going to be joined by a very special guest! Do not miss that show!
As far as today, I want to talk about the three most-recent hires we have in the assistant coaching ranks here at the University of Nebraska. The first coach I’m going to talk about ladies and gentlemen…he’s got a list of accolades an entire page long and it’s some interesting stuff!
But, after that, I’m going to talk about arguably the most important assistant coach we’ve hired the entire offseason. And last, but not least, I’m going to talk about something most people haven’t even realized that I find to be pretty interesting.
Let’s dive into our new offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach shall we Mr. Troy Walters.
Now, he’s been UCF’s offensive coordinator the past two seasons and he’s widely considered to be one of the best assistant coaches in the entire country. He’s one of the finalists for the Frank Broyles award here this past season. We have two coaches who have been finalists for that national assistant coach of the year award: our offensive coordinator and our defensive coordinator. I think — I hope that’s going to bode pretty well. In 2017 people know UCF scored a lot of points.
Here is what they might not know: UCF had the nation’s most improved offense in the entire country. Two years ago, they were 125th nationally in scoring offense and they averaged 13.9 points per game. This past year they had the top-scoring offense in the nation scoring nearly 50 points per game!
Prior to UCF he was at Colorado. He was the wide receivers coach at the University of Colorado. His receivers posted the top-three single-season reception totals in Colorado history and the top-two receiving yardage totals in Colorado history.
He also helped Colorado to the 2016 Pac-12 championship game. Our top three receivers that are returning as of right now are, all three talking about leaving, about going somewhere else. The NFL draft early, transferring to play somewhere else. Why wouldn’t you want to play for a guy like this? Oh, you need more reasons? Well, let me give you some here!
Here are some reasons why you might want to play for a guy like Troy Walters. As a player, he set Stanford all-time records with 244 receptions, 3,986 yards receiving. He had 19 100-yard receiving games. These are all, all-time career records for Stanford. He also holds the Cardinal all-time single-season receiving records with 86 catches, 1,146 receiving yards. He’s second in school history with 26 touchdown catches. Single-game record with 278 receiving yards vs. UCLA.
As far as Pac-12 record book, he has 4,047 career receiving yards. That’s over 1,000 yards every year he was in college. That’s the most in conference history. He was a consensus All-American, Pac-10 offensive player of the year, Biletnikoff Award winner for the nation’s best receiver. He helped lead Stanford to it’s first conference title in nearly three decades and a Rose Bowl berth back in 1999. He was an academic all-american, he played 8 years in the NFL.
I remember watching him growing up, I grew up in the state of Washington, and this guy was Stanford’s team for at least three of his four years there. Why wouldn’t you want to play for a guy like this? What more could I possibly say about him?
Next up, arguably the most important assistant coach we’ve hired this offseason, our strength and conditioning coach, Zach DuVal. The past two seasons he has been the director of the sports performance for football at UCF. He also oversaw the entire sports department down there in Orlando. He was the Husker Power student assistant in 1994. He’s from Lincoln, Nebraska. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Nebraska. He spent 10 total seasons — that’s a decade in the Husker Power program. He’s also owned his own sports performance center and he’s worked with such guys as All-American, fifth overall draft pick and two-time pro bowl and All-Pro Khalil Mack, last year's defensive player of the year and a Butkus Award winner.
Now, I don’t have a whole lot of concerns about our offense. We’re going to put some points on the board, ladies and gentlemen. I’m curious to see what happens with our defense going forward. But as far as my concerns, it would be defense No. 1, but it would be 1-A or 1-B, the strength and conditioning staff.
We can not get pushed around anymore. We need more Warren Sapps, like we had in the 1995 Orange Bowl, gasping for air. We need Wisconsin players, Iowa players getting pushed around by us, not the other way around. We can’t have guys getting hurt, getting banged up, getting nicked up like we’ve had in recent years. The fourth quarter rolls around, that needs to be our quarter.
We need to run the ball, not give up rushing yards like we have been to these other schools. We need to stop being a Pac-12 team because we need to get back to being the Big 10 team we used to be before we joined the Big 10 conference. In my very humble opinion, ladies and gentlemen.
Zach is a Lincoln guy, he’s a Husker Power guy, 10 years ladies and gentlemen. Basically, I think he and Boyd Epley are going to be on the same page when it comes to a lot of things. And if you’ve seen a picture, he just looks like a strength coach. He looks like a guy that I wanna go work out with. And I would actually love to sit down and chat with him at some point.
Last, but not least, our tight ends coach Sean Beckton. He’s coached for 22 years, he’s been a part of four conference championship teams as a player at UCF. He is now in their athletics hall of fame. As a wide receiver, he is the program’s all time leader with 196 receptions, 2,493 receiving yards. As a player, he once threw for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for a touchdown all in the same game.
Now, overall thoughts on the coaches we’ve hired and the staff as a whole, they’ve had a lot of success together ladies and gentlemen! In my humble opinion, let the devastation continue!
Here’s something I don’t think most people have realized, but I find to be very interesting. The head coach, the assistant coaches and the head strength coach — the top eleven coaches we’ve hired this offseason — 5 of the 11, almost 50 percent are former Huskers!
Scott Frost, Barrett Ruud, Greg Austin, Ryan Held and Zach DuVal, ladies and gentlemen. You want a coaching staff that has familiarity, that has trust, that has continuity, that has experienced success together and former Huskers. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s exactly what we’ve got.
We’ve also got coaches who’ve been there and done that as players first. We have a national championship winning quarterback, a coach who’s the all-time leading tackler here at the University of Nebraska with 432, Barrett Ruud, that’s over 100 tackles a year. That’s insane! We have a Biletnikoff award winner, we have former players who are now coaches who hold school’s all-time records, conference records, national records, national award winners, Hall of Fame winners.
Other coaches who’ve won national titles as players as well — Ryan Held, running backs coach won one in '94, '95 as a player, in '97 as a grad assistant, in '98 in Tennessee. Not to mention the championships and awards they’ve won as actual coaches.
Do you have to be a former player to be a good coach? No. It just sure helps!
Do not miss Tuesday’s show. Volleyball special guest! Until then, Go Big Red and always remember to throw the bones!