Before Nebraska (Lincoln Southwest HS)
Nick Leader joined the Huskers as a walk-on after a standout career at Lincoln Southwest. Leader helped Coach Andrew Sherman’s team to a 7-3 record in 2018, posting 76 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, nine sacks for 59 yards and three fumble recoveries. He was an honorable-mention all-state selection by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald. As a junior, Leader had 43 tackles, three sacks, an interception and two tackles for loss, while adding six receptions. He had 19 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore defender for the Silverhawks. Following his career, Leader was chosen to play in the 2019 Nebraska Shrine Bowl.
Leader is the son of David Leader, a two-year letterwinner at linebacker for Nebraska in 1991 and 1992.