2016 Nebraska Profile: Nate Gerry

A look at Nebraska senior safety Nate Gerry heading into 2016.

Nate Gerry

Position: S

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2/220-pounds

High School: Washington high school (SD)

Year: Senior

2013 review:

As a true freshman, Gerry played in all 13 Nebraska contests, starting three times from the BUCK linebacker spot. He finished the year with 32 tackles and two tackles for loss after shifting from the secondary. At the beginning of the season, Gerry’s impact came mostly as a starter, but as the season progressed, his role shifted to more special teams.

2014 review:

Thought to be a guy who would have to wait his turn, Gerry stepped into in the starting lineup as a safety with the suspension of LeRoy Alexander. It was pretty clear the sophomore was excited to be back in the secondary. After recording 88 tackles and a team-leading five interceptions, Gerry was named Second-Team All-Big Ten by the conference media and was a Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten by the coaches. His best game of the season came against Iowa, where he recorded 15 tackles and an interception in the come from behind win in the Rivalry game.

2015 recap:

Nebraska junior safety Nate Gerry isn’t afraid to admit – adjusting to a new defensive scheme was tough.

Gerry’s job was drastically changed from former head coach Bo Pelini’s scheme to now Mark Banker’s.

“I think towards the end of the season I started to figure out the defense a little more,” said Gerry. “Just getting out of some habits and learning new schemes and defensive styles. It’s tough when you come in and know only one certain thing and that is the thing you think is the only way.”  

Gerry was still named an honorable-mention All-Big Ten player last season, posting 79-tackles, four interceptions and seven pass breakups in 13 games.

2016 preview:

A Jim Thorpe Award Watch List member, there is no doubt Gerry is the Blackshirts leader in the secondary after logging 29 starts in his career.

“Nate Gerry is respected by his teammates, they see how hard he works, they see what type if athlete he is, what type of player he is and what type of player that he can be,” said defensive coordinator Mark Banker. “I love coaching Nate Gerry. As good a player as he is, he presents challenges. He’s a little stubborn but I kind of like that.

"He gets frustrated because he’s a perfectionist but he’s got to learn that it’s OK sometime to be wrong,” said Banker. “But the most important thing is to get back on that saddle and work on the things that you have deficiencies in. Today he played some man coverage against the slot and did a great job in my eyes in how he improved.”

With five interceptions this season, Gery would tie the Nebraska school record of 14 in a season. He's going to have a strong chance accomplishing it. Gerry is superb as a centerfielder. With his comfort level trending in the right direction, don't be surprised by 80+ tackles and five interceptions. 

How he ended up in Lincoln: Gerry didn’t see his recruitment necessarily blow up nationally, but around the Midwest he was a well-known prospect with offers from: Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Montana, all the Dakota schools.

While he entertained other schools, it always felt like the South Dakota product wanted to be a Husker. It became official during the Huskers’ first annual Big Red Weekend.

During his senior year, he recorded 64 tackles (13.5 for loss), eight pass breakups, and five interceptions. He was also a first-team all- conference wide receiver. While a starter, Gerry saw his team go 48-3.

Gerry’s most impressive high school accolades came on the track, where he was a state champion in the 100 and 200 meters.

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