LINCOLN, Neb. – After spending much of the 2015 season as a scout team cornerback, Nebraska redshirt freshman Avery Anderson will lineup with senior Nate Gerry at times as a first-team safety when spring football starts on Saturday.
Both Reed and Williams are hurt at the moment, giving Anderson a window to impress defensive backs coach Brian Stewart and put himself in the conversation to earn reps this fall. It should be noted, Williams is expected back for the second half of spring practices.
“That is where we are going to be thin,” said head coach Mike Riley on Wednesday when asked about the safety spot.
Junior Kieron Williams is also expected to take first-team reps at the safety spot with Anderson and Gerry.
A former four-star prospect, Anderson played for Colorado Spring Pine Creek high school. He picked the Huskers over offers from Arizona State, Wyoming, Kansas State, Utah and others. An early enrollee last year, Anderson is now 6-foot and 185 pounds – gaining 10 pounds last season.
Here is Anderson’s bio coming out of high school:
Played defensive back, running back, and wide receiver…Scout.com’s No. 2 player in the state of Colorado in the 2015 class … All-Colorado choice by Denver Post in 2014 … recorded three interceptions, 52 tackles, and six tackles for loss in 2014 … on offense, combined for 544 yards and two touchdowns … Pine Creek finished the year 14-0 and won their second straight Class 4A state championship … named first-team all-state free safety by the CHSAA in 2013 … 53 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups while leading Pine Creek to its first state championship and a 12-2 record in 2013 … played football for Todd Miller at Pine Creek.