Gerry could play as a freshman

Despite being just a true freshman, Nathan Gerry could factor in at the safety spot for Nebraska.

Nebraska has only been practicing for four days, but it didn't stop Big Red Report from asking secondary coach Terry Joseph about the future of freshman Nathan Gerry.

The class of 2013 signee impressed both the coaching staff and teammates this summer with his work ethic and combination of speed/size.

On Thursday, he was mentioned by Joseph when talking about the safety position, which led us to ask - at what point would a decision be made to play him or not play him?

"I think every freshman is different. I think at a certain point, how he progresses is going to tell us," said Joseph. "When I recruit a guy, I never mention redshirt, because I don't know. I expect every guy to come in and play. And if it doesn't workout, we will make that decision.

"They are playing until they show they can't handle it. When they don't, we will redshirt them and let them catch up a little bit."

Joseph also talked about the advantages of helping the special teams unit with a talented player like Gerry and how even limited work can be crucial for a player's development.

"If you can get a guy, who can get 50 to 60 snaps as a freshman, it's only going to help them when you have to play them as a sophomore," said Joseph.

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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