Honors & Awards
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013)
Redshirt freshman A.J. Natter is expected to compete for playing time on the Huskers’ defensive front in 2014. The 6-5, 250-pound Natter was a prep standout in Wisconsin and has the size and strength to be a productive defensive end in the Big Ten Conference. Natter will likely battle for playing time at end behind projected starters Randy Gregory and Greg McMullen. Natter missed most of spring ball with a minor knee injury, but should be back at full strength for the fall.
Natter has made his mark in NU’s community outreach efforts, being named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
Natter redshirted in his first season in the Nebraska program.
Before Nebraska (Milton)
Natter was Nebraska’s first scholarship signee from Wisconsin since 1997, and was a three-year standout on the defensive line for Jeff Bachinski at Milton High School. As a senior, Natter had 43 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, while also recording two fumbles in eight games. His play as a senior earned Natter first-team all-state honors from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, while he was a second-team all-state pick by the Associated Press. Additionally, Natter was named a semifinalist for the Tim Krumrie award given to the state of Wisconsin’s top senior defensive lineman.
In his junior season, Natter had 80 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks, while also blocking two kicks. His play in 2011 earned Natter honorable-mention all-state accolades from the WFCA, and Natter also picked up all-region and all-conference honors. In 2010, Natter started as a sophomore and helped Milton High to a 7-4 record and a trip to the state playoffs. Natter earned second-team all-conference honors after making 55 tackles and recording 10 sacks. Natter was ranked as the top prospect in Wisconsin according to the 247 Sports composite rankings and was a consensus choice as one of the top three players in the state. Natter also ranked among the nation’s top 25 defensive ends by 247, Rivals and Fox Sports.com. Natter was one of the first commitments in Nebraska’s 2013 class, pledging his intention in April of 2012. He did not take any other visits, but had offers from Iowa, Michigan State, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue among others.
Natter was born on Oct. 8, 1994, and is the son of David and Beth Natter. He has not declared a major, but was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2013. Natter has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline, Belmont Community Center and team hospital outreach events.