Papuchis paid dues before landing Nebraska job

By Eric Olson

Associated Press

Published: Monday, April 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

FILE - This Aug. 6, 2011 file photo, shows Nebraska coaches, from left, defensive coordinator John Papuchis, linebackers coach Ross Els and head coach Bo Pelini during NCAA college football practice in Lincoln, Neb. Papuchis is the youngest defensive coordinator in the Big Ten, and Bo Pelini has charged him with repairing a Nebraska unit that underperformed in the Cornhuskers' first season in the conference.

Nati Harnik, FIle, Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. — John Papuchis (puh-POO'-chiss) says he feels no pressure as the youngest defensive coordinator in the Big Ten.

Instead, the 33-year-old sees opportunity in the job of repairing a unit that underperformed in Nebraska's first season in the conference.

No one will ever convince him he didn't pay his dues after working a combined six years at two schools as a graduate assistant and a seventh as an intern before coming to Nebraska with coach Bo Pelini in 2008.

The Huskers last year slipped to 37th in the nation in yards allowed and 42nd in scoring defense.

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