NFL Ties on Both Sides of the Ball

After earning All-America recognition as a UNI Panther, Bryce Paup’s heart has probably never been far from the UNI Dome.

Paup went on from the Panthers to spend 11 years making a name for himself in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Minnesota Vikings before returning to UNI as defensive line coach from 2013 to 2016.

Another year away last fall at the University of Minnesota, and now…Paup is back in purple and gold again, resuming his former role coaching the Panther defensive line.

UNI announced the staff addition on Friday, highlighting his earlier work with Panther standouts Xavier Williams (All-American) and Karter Schult (2016 FCS Defensive Player of the Year). Both have had the opportunity to use Paup’s guidance during their own NFL careers.

In the same round of staff announcements, the UNI coaching staff also named another assistant with NFL ties. Quentin Griffin comes to UNI from Missouri Southern State to coach the Panther running backs.

He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2003. He also spent time the Kansas City Chiefs. Griffin’s college career at Oklahoma included 5,275 all-purpose yards from 1999-2002. He remains as the sixth all-time rusher and fourth in all-purpose yards in school history.

Griffin was a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2002. He is a Texas native.