|Hometown:||Sioux Falls, S.D.|
Honors & Awards
» Second-Team All-Big Ten (Media)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches)
» Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (Iowa)
» Nebraska Defensive co-MVP (2014)
» Honorable-Mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013)
Safety Nate Gerry emerged as one of the top defensive backs in the Big Ten in 2014, and is primed to be a leader for the Nebraska defense this season. The 6-2, 205 Gerry will team with senior corneback Daniel Davie to provide leadership in a deep Nebraska secondary. Gerry is a prototype safety with an excellent blend of coverage skills and ability to support the run.
Gerry started every game for the Huskers as a sophomore in 2014 and led the Huskers with five interceptions, all in Big Ten games. His interception total ranked second in the Big Ten and led the conference in league games only. Gerry was second for the Huskers in tackles and had at least seven tackles five times last season, including three games with double-figure tackle totals.
Gerry was named a second-team All-Big Ten defender by the conference’s media panel, while receiving honorable-mention recognition from the coaches. He was also chosen as Nebraska’s co-Defensive MVP as voted by his teammates.
Gerry started all 13 games as a sophomore, teaming with Corey Cooper at the safety spot. Gerry was second on the team with 88 tackles, including 49 solo stops and seven tackles for loss. His five interceptions all came in Big Ten games, and he also caused two fumbles, had a fumble recovery and four pass breakups.
Gerry had a takeaway in six of eight Big Ten games, and also reached the end zone on an 85-yard return of a blocked field goal against Minnesota. He capped the regular season with a career-high 15 tackles and an interception at Iowa to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
Gerry opened the year with four tackles, a tackle for loss and forced fumble against FAU. A week later he had a team-high 13 tackles, a pair of tackles for loss, a hurry and a breakup against McNeese State. Gerry had six tackles against Miami, then had five tackles and his first career interception against Illinois, returning the pick 54 yards to set up a score. He shared a sack and added two hurries against Illinois.
Gerry had seven tackles at Michigan State, then provided an interception in three straight games against Northwestern, Rutgers and Purdue. Gerry had nine tackles, including seven solo stops, at Wisconsin and also forced and recovered a fumble against the Badgers. Gerry had 11 tackles against Minnesota, in addition to the 85-yard touchdown on a blocked field goal. Gerry’s fifth interception came at Iowa, ending a Hawkeye scoring threat in the first quarter. Ten of his 15 tackles were solo stops and he had a career-high three TFL.
Gerry closed the year with three tackles and a pass breakup against USC.
Gerry saw action in every game in 2013, while starting three contests. Recruited as a defensive back, Gerry played linebacker and also excelled on special teams. He earned starts in non-league play against Southern Miss, UCLA and South Dakota State. Gerry had 32 tackles, including 18 solo stops. He added two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry.
Gerry made five tackles in the season opener against Wyoming, then had a season-high seven tackles against UCLA, when he produced his first career tackle for loss. He had four tackles each against Purdue and Minnesota, and had three stops vs. Southern Miss and South Dakota State. Gerry led the Huskers with seven tackles on special teams.
Before Nebraska (Washington HS)
Gerry joined the program from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, S.D., and was Nebraska’s first scholarship signee from South Dakota since 2003 and just the Huskers’ third signee from the state since 1997. Gerry’s play helped Washington High and Coach Brian Hermanson to a 48-3 record and three state championships over four years.
In 2012, Sioux Falls Washington posted a perfect 12-0 record and outscored its opponents by a combined score of 549-81. Gerry rarely came off the field as a senior. As a safety on defense, he made 64 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss and added eight pass breakups, five interceptions and also forced two fumbles. He played running back and receiver on offense and accounted for 1,216 all-purpose yards and 22 touchdowns. Gerry also handled the kicking and punting chores as a senior. Gerry was a first-team Class 11AA all-state selection as a receiver for his play in 2012.
Gerry was also a two-way starter during his junior season when Washington posted a 10-3 record and was the state runner-up. Gerry made 73 tackles, with two sacks and three interceptions on defense, while adding 37 receptions for 647 yards and eight touchdowns as a receiver. Gerry was an All Greater Dakota Conference first-team choice in 2011, and was also selected by the high school coaches in South Dakota as one of the Elite 45 players in the state.
In addition to his versatile football talents, Gerry was a top track athlete for Washington High. Gerry won his second straight 200-meter state title as a senior in 2013 and after finishing second in the 100 meters as a junior, he took the state title as a senior. In his senior season, Gerry set the state record in the 200 meters with a time of 21.52. Gerry was widely regarded as the top prospect in South Dakota and one of the top 50 athlete prospects in the country. He did not take any other visits after committing to Nebraska, but he also had offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota and Arizona State.
Gerry was born on Feb. 23, 1995, and is the son of Brian and Kelli Gerry. Gerry has not declared a major. He has volunteered his time with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes and Husker Hotline.
Gerry's Career Statistics
» Tackles - 15 at Iowa (2014)
» Solo Tackles - 4 at Purdue (2013)
» Tackles for Loss - 3 at Iowa (2014)
» Pass Breakups – 2 vs. Minnesota (2014)
» Sacks - None