LINCOLN — Scott Frost’s first assistant coaching staff at Nebraska will be a carbon copy of his last staff at Central Florida.

Nebraska officially announced on Friday three final additions — offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Troy Walters, tight ends coach Sean Beckton and strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval — to Frost's coaching staff on Friday. All three worked under Frost at UCF.

The seven previous announced NU assistants all worked for Frost at UCF, too. That staff that helped produce a 12-0 season at UCF and will try to do the same with the Huskers.

Walters will make $700,000 with the Huskers; he becomes the second-highest paid NU assistant behind defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. Beckton will make $400,000 and Duval $375,000. Duval’s salary is a significant pay raise not only over what Duval made at UCF — $170,000 — but the $225,000 made by Duval’s predecessor at NU, Mark Philipp.

Duval, who began his strength and conditioning career at Nebraska in 1994, likely becomes one of the 15 highest-paid strength coaches in college football. According to USA Today’s database, Duval’s salary ties for 11th nationally, but the database doesn’t include salaries from schools such as Penn State, Notre Dame, USC and Stanford.

Walters, a Broyles Award finalist for the nation's top assistant, is considered one of the rising stars in the coaching ranks. A first-team All-American and Biletnikoff Award winner at Stanford in 1999, Walters spent eight seasons in the NFL — four playing with Peyton Manning and the Colts — before starting his coaching career at Indiana State. He coached receivers at Texas A&M, North Carolina State and Colorado before Frost hired him to be UCF’s offensive coordinator and receivers coach in 2016. Frost called plays at UCF and may do so again at Nebraska.

Beckton had been a UCF stalwart. He played there and served nearly two decades — as a graduate assistant or regular assistant — under five head coaches, including Frost.

As a receivers coach, Beckton sent several players to the NFL, including All-Pro Brandon Marshall. He’s considered one of UCF’s best recruiters, in part because he knows the high schools in the area so well and even coached at Mainland High School in Florida for four seasons.

A member of UCF’s Hall of Fame with nearly 2,500 yards receiving as a collegian, Beckton was one of the few assistants Frost chose to retain from former coach George O’Leary’s staff. Beckton spurned an offer to remain on UCF’s staff working under new head coach Josh Heupel.

All three will receive two-year contracts through Dec.31, 2019, as will the other Husker assistants. Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos gave Frost $5 million to pay 10 assistants and Duval; thus far, Frost has spent $4.65 million of it. That leaves $350,000 for new linebackers coach Barrett Ruud — whose hiring will be announced in January when the NCAA officially allows teams to add a tenth assistant. Frost also has the option of paying Ruud less and rolling over some of the money into support staff salaries so long as Moos approves.

More of Nebraska’s former support staff members performed their last day of work on Friday. One, Associate Director of Player Personnel Todd McShane, thanked Husker fans on Twitter.

“Best of luck to all the players, recruits, and families I've met along the way,” McShane tweeted. “I'll be cheering for you.”

McShane’s direct boss, director of football operations Dan Van De Riet, is returning to Oregon State to fulfill the same role on the Beavers' new coaching staff. OSU hired former Beavers quarterback Jonathan Smith — who in turn hired his former head coach, Mike Riley, to serve as an assistant head coach.

Any salary Riley receives in the role will reduce any buyout Nebraska owes him.

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