Resignation of the second coach of the Nebraska football team

Nebraska's defense has suffered a setback with its coaching staff.

As ESPN's Pete Thamel As reported and confirmed by a Nebraska Athletics spokesperson, Nebraska assistant coach Evan Cooper resigned from his position on Friday. He was the Huskers' assistant coach and defensive passing game coordinator.

Cooper was set to begin his second season under head coach Matt Rhule at Lincoln after previously playing for Rhule at Temple and then serving on his coaching staff for 12 consecutive seasons. The former player had built a formidable resume after playing three years as an NFL sideline player with the Carolina Panthers and coaching in the major Power Five conferences at Baylor and Nebraska.

Cooper was also highly regarded for his recruiting and player evaluation skills and played a key role as Baylor's recruiting coordinator in 2019, helping the Bears secure three consecutive top-35 finishes.

Carolina Panthers cornerback Myles Hartsfield (38), cornerback Donte Jackson (26) and coach Evan Cooper (right).

August 21, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Reggie Bonnafon (39), cornerback Myles Hartsfield (38), cornerback Donte Jackson (26) and coach Evan Cooper (right) watch during training camp at the Panthers practice facility. / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska's secondary helped the Huskers have their best statistical season since joining the Big Ten in 2011, limiting opponents to 6.1 yards per attempt, ranking the defense in the top 10 nationally. The Huskers also held two opponents under 100 yards and seven under 200 yards.

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