BRR 2014 profile: Nate Gerry

Nathan Gerry got extra reps in the spring and it likely didn't hurt his chances for more this fall when it counts.

Nathan Gerry

Position: Safety

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 210-pounds

High School: Washington HS (SD)

Year: Sophomore

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 on, his role shifted to more special teams.

2014 review:
If there was one thing that was definitely clear during spring practices, Gerry is a more comfortable in the secondary than at a linebacker spot.

The sophomore got extra reps during the Huskers’ 15 practices with senior Corey Cooper nursing a foot injury. The extra time with the first-team should propel Gerry into the game rotation this fall.

“He was a guy that we knew was probably going to be a long-term safety for us, but with our inexperience at linebacker last year, we thought it was worth it to try him there,” said defensive coordinator John Papuchis in the spring. “He’s definitely put himself in a position to play a lot in the fall.

“I think for Nate, those four to five years from a backer to a safety, he feels more comfortable. He’s had a great spring and is excited about the move himself.”

After recording an interception in the Red-White game, Gerry was asked by reporters about his growth during March and April.

“I think it was really good for me just because the fact that my goal is to play this fall. (Corey Cooper) being out offered me the opportunity to go against good athletes like Kenny (Bell) and Ameer (Abdullah) and guys like that,” said Gerry. “One thing that helped me a lot was (Cooper) coming in on the weekends and helping me learn more of the mental aspects of the game more than the physical aspects of the game. That’s one thing I appreciate him doing. One thing I like about a lot of the safeties is that we all want to play, but everyone is there to help each other out.”

BRR projection: Gerry could be on the verge of becoming an all-conference caliber player, but we still think he’s a year away. The staff really likes Corey Cooper and the senior was more than respectable last year as a starter. Gerry will definitely see some game reps and could become a special teams star, but he’s still going to have to wait his turn.

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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