Nate Gerry’s Ups and Downs in Nebraska Cornhuskers Debut
After giving up more than 600 yards of total offense in a win over Wyoming last Saturday in Lincoln, it's safe to say there is plenty of work to be done for the Nebraska Cornhusker defense.
One of those Husker defenders is former Washington High School standout Nate Gerry, who saw time in the Nebraska secondary in the hybrid dime position, often matched up against the Cowboys' best receiver. The freshman logged about half of the reps at Memorial Stadium, splitting time with senior Mo Seisay.
After the game, Gerry had a chance to reflect on not just what happened on the field, but everything that led up to it last week. He told Darnell Dixon of the Lincoln Journal Star:
I enjoyed all of it, from the hotel we stay in to the movie with the team.
The tunnel walk is something special, too.
I enjoyed everything about it, but when game time hits, it’s game time.
I made mistakes, but we got the win, that’s all that matters.
I was kind of nervous at the beginning of it, but once my name was called, it was just another average football game, kind of like high school but a little faster.
There were a lot of mistakes we made we just need to clean up.
Now with a game under his belt at the college level, Gerry knows he won't be able to use his status as a first year player as an excuse for mistakes on the field much longer:
Like the coaches say all the time, ‘You’re not a freshman anymore'.
I’m playing like any other player on the team.
They don’t treat me like a freshman, so I’m not going to act like a freshman.
I’m going to go out and do everything I can to get better.
Gerry and the Huskers will try to show how much better they are when the take the field against Southern Miss, Saturday night in Lincoln at 5:00pm.