Troy Walters, Sean Beckton reportedly leaving UCF to join Scott Frost's Nebraska staff

Troy Walters, right, is a finalist for the 2017 Broyles Award after directing a Golden Knights’ offense that leads the nation in scoring at 48.3 points per game and is ranked in the top 10 in seven statistical categories.

LINCOLN — New coach Scott Frost appears prepared to complete his assistant coaching staff with two more of his men from Central Florida.

If UCF offensive coordinator Troy Walters and tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Sean Beckton join Frost’s staff, as multiple news reports out of Orlando indicated Thursday afternoon, Frost’s entire UCF staff would join him at Nebraska.

The staff that helped produce a 12-0 season at UCF would try to do the same at Nebraska.

Frost had already announced Monday seven of his UCF guys as NU assistants, and former Husker All-American linebacker Barrett Ruud will be announced when the NCAA allows a 10th assistant coach in January.

That left two spots — wide receivers/tight ends and offensive coordinator. Beckton coached tight ends at UCF, while Walters coached receivers and served as offensive coordinator. Since Frost called his own plays at UCF — and may do the same at NU — Walters had more of a planning role.

But he was still Broyles Award finalist — given to the nation’s top assistant coach — and 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.

Walters was reportedly considered for the UCF head coaching job, but longtime offensive coordinator Josh Heupel nabbed the job instead. Walters, according to reports, will have a similar role at Nebraska.

The bigger surprise may be Beckton, UCF’s tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. The Orlando Sentinel cited an anonymous source that said Beckton preferred the clarity of Frost’s staff to the uncertainty under Heupel.

Beckton had been a UCF stalwart. He played there and served 19 years — as a graduate assistant or regular assistant — under five head coaches, including Frost.

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.

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.

Walters made $350,000 and Beckton made $240,000 at UCF. Both are likely in line for major raises. Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos gave Frost a pool of $5 million for his assistants and head strength coach; roughly $1.8 million of that remains for three assistant coaches and a head strength coach.

Frost and his assistants scoured the country recruiting this week. One prospect, St. Louis (Mo.) Hazelwood Central safety Dallas Craddieth, got a visit Thursday from Frost and came away impressed.

“He plans to win early,” Craddieth said.

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