Bryce Paup is returning to Northern Iowa.
UNI head football coach Mark Farley confirmed to the Gazette on Friday that Paup is back as defensive line coach, a role he held from 2013-2016 before joining P.J. Fleck’s Minnesota staff in the same position.
David Braun will move from defensive line coach to special teams coach. In addition, former Oklahoma running back Quentin Griffin has been named UNI running backs coach.
Paup played linebacker at UNI in the late 1980s and was selected in the sixth round of the 1990 NFL Draft, going on to an 11-year pro career with the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings that included four Pro Bowl selections. He was first-team all-pro with Buffalo in 1995.
After nine years in the high-school coaching ranks, including six as Green Bay Southwest head coach, Paup first joined Farley’s UNI staff in 2013. Karter Schult (2015, 2016) and Xavier Williams (2013, 2014) were first-team all-conference during Paup’s first tenure.
Braun came to UNI to replace Paup after three years at UC-Davis. Paup left Minnesota in February after one season with the Gophers.
Griffin, a three-time all-Big 12 pick, was part of Oklahoma’s 2000 national championship team. He rushed for 3,796 yards and 44 touchdowns in his career. He was a fourth-round NFL Draft pick and played for the Denver Broncos from 2003-2005 before being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006.
Griffin replaces former Panther D.P. Eyman, who spent one season on staff.