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Ryan Held (left), a former Husker, coached running backs at Central Florida under Scott Frost (right) and will coach running backs at Nebraska now.

Scott Frost will hit the ground running when he arrives in Lincoln to start his duties as Nebraska football coach.

He has already started putting together his first staff. 

Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco and former Husker Ryan Held are already in. Both were already recruiting Saturday evening. 

Verduzco extended an offer to four-star quarterback Adrian Martinez of Fresno, California, and Held offered four-star running back Jashaun Corbin of Rockledge, Florida. 

Verduzco was Central Florida's quarterbacks coach and a young staff's most-experienced member, with 39 years of college coaching under his belt. 

Held, from Overland Park, Kansas, walked on to the NU team in 1994 and was a student assistant on the 1997 national title team, which Frost quarterbacked. 

Frost is expected to bring more — maybe many, maybe most — of his coaches to Lincoln from UCF. A source told the Journal Star that at least six UCF assistants will be joining Frost at NU.

Frost's offensive coordinator at UCF, Troy Walters, was named the Knights' interim head coach. Whether Walters comes to Lincoln may hinge on if he's a candidate to replace Frost, who called the plays for UCF.

There certainly is a comfort level between Frost and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. The two have worked together at Oregon and Northern Iowa.

There, of course, are the Nebraska connections. Former Huskers Greg Austin (offensive line) and Barrett Ruud (quality control administrator) worked for Frost at UCF. A tweet from ex-Husker Jay Foreman hinted that Held is on his way to Nebraska, and a source said Austin and Ruud will be part of the staff. 

Other parts of Frost's early recruiting operation are up and running already.

Former Knight staffers Sean Dillon and Ryan Callaghan both updated their information on Twitter to indicate that they had moved from the player personnel department at Central Florida to the same at Nebraska.

Dillon is listed as the director of player personnel — he held the same title at UCF — while Callaghan was the Knights’ assistant director of player personnel.

UCF strength coach Zach Duval is a Lincoln Southeast graduate and worked with the Husker strength program when Frost was in college. He and assistant strength coach Andrew Strop are also considered good bets to make the move. 

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