Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; Spring 2015, 2016)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Award (2014, 2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Award (2014, 2016, 2017)
Senior A.J. Natter will head into the 2017 season looking to compete for a more significant role in the Huskers' defense. Natter has been a reserve defensive end the past two seasons, and will again line up at end as the Huskers look to identify roles in a new 3-4 defensive scheme.
The 6-5, 260-pound Natter has ideal size and strength for a defensive end, allowing him to hold up against the run while creating a pass rush. Natter was a 2016 Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Natter played in six games as a reserve defensive end. He had a pair of tackles, including a solo stop against Fresno State and an assist against Maryland.
Natter was a reserve defensive end and saw action against South Alabama and Minnesota. He had a solo tackle against South Alabama.
2014 (Redshirt Freshman)
Natter saw action in wins over Florida Atlantic, Fresno State and Illinois. He had one tackle against Florida Atlantic.
Natter redshirted in his first season in the program.
Before Nebraska (Milton HS)
Natter was Nebraska’s first scholarship signee from Wisconsin since 1997, and was a three-year standout 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 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. Natter was named a semifinalist for the Tim Krumrie award given to the state of Wisconsin’s top senior defensive lineman.
Natter had 80 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks, while also blocking two kicks as a junior. He earned honorable-mention all-state accolades from the WFCA, and picked up all-region and all-conference honors. Natter started as a sophomore in 2010 and helped Milton High to the state playoffs. Natter had 55 tackles and 10 sacks to earn second-team all-conference honors. Natter was ranked as the top prospect in Wisconsin according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, Natter was a concensus choice as one of the nation’s top 25 defensive ends. Natter only visited Nebraska, but had offers from Iowa, Michigan State, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue among others.
The son of David and Beth Natter, A.J. was born on Oct. 8, 1994. He is majoring in management and is a six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Natter has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60, Belmont Community Center and team hospital outreach events. He is a member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2014, 2016) and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2016, 2017).
» Games Played – 11, 3 in 2014, 2 in 2015, 6 in 2016
» Tackles – 2 UT, 2 AT, 4 TT; 1 AT in 2014, 1 UT in 2015, 1 UT, 1 AT, 2 TT in 2016