LINCOLN — Cethan Carter and Nate Gerry were teammates, roommates and good friends through their Nebraska football careers — and now both will head next to the NFL combine.
Carter and Gerry are the only Huskers on the NFL official invite list released Wednesday. The two participants will be the Huskers’ fewest in Indianapolis since I-back Rex Burkhead and safety Daimion Stafford went in 2013.
The combine runs Feb. 28 through March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Carter will be among 19 tight ends at the combine. He is trying to become the first Husker tight end drafted since Tracey Wistrom went to Tampa Bay in the seventh round in 2002.
Carter missed three games last season because of an elbow injury and finished with 19 receptions for 190 yards. The career totals for the New Orleans native were 59 catches for 744 yards, with four touchdowns.
Gerry had four interceptions last season to give him 13 for his career, tied for second on the NU all-time chart behind Dana Stephenson. The 6-2, 220-pound Sioux Falls, South Dakota, native also is tied for No. 6 with 273 career tackles, including 74 last season.
Carter and Gerry were 2013 recruits who did not redshirt during their Husker careers. They became roommates during their sophomore seasons and also during NU road trips.
Scott Wright of NFL Draft Countdown currently ranks Carter at No. 13 among tight ends. Wright has Gerry as the No. 22 safety available, and Matt Miller of Bleacher Report ranks Gerry at No. 19.
Nebraska a year ago sent Maliek Collins, Vincent Valentine, Alex Lewis and Andy Janovich to the combine, and all four were drafted and had solid rookie seasons. Ameer Abdullah, Randy Gregory and Kenny Bell represented the Huskers in Indianapolis in 2015.
Participants at the combine test in seven drills, do position-specific work on the field and also meet with personnel from multiple teams. Big Ten teams will account for 51 players in Indianapolis, following only the SEC (66) and ACC (60).
Nebraska tied for the third-fewest combine participants among Big Ten schools. Purdue and Rutgers didn’t produce any; Maryland produced one; Indiana, Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State all produced two each. Michigan (14), Ohio State (eight) and Wisconsin (six) led the Big Ten in combine invites.
Iowa will have four former players at the combine: quarterback CJ Beathard, defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson, defensive back Desmond King and tight end George Kittle.
There will be one other former Husker, defensive end Avery Moss, at the combine. Moss was convicted of public indecency in April 2014 and banned from the UNL campus. He then transferred to Youngstown State, rejoining former NU coach Bo Pelini, where he had 59 tackles and 11 sacks this past season.
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Tommy Armstrong was one of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks coming out of Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas.
As a senior, Tommy Armstrong helped lead Cibolo (Texas) Steele to the state championship game.
Tommy Armstrong would go on to lead his share of tunnel walks in college too.
After replacing Taylor Martinez midway through his freshman season, Tommy Armstrong accounted for 3,400 yards of total offense as a sophomore in 2014.
The highlight for Tommy Armstrong in an up-and-down junior season was his performance against UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl, earning him Offensive MVP honors.
Tommy Armstrong will close his Husker career as the school-record holder in passing yards, touchdown passes, total touchdowns, total offensive yardage, completions and starts by a quarterback.
Josh Banderas was a two-way standout at Lincoln Southwest, playing both running back and linebacker.
Josh Banderas signed with the Huskers as one of the state's top recruits in the 2013 class.
Josh Banderas played in every game as a true freshman in 2013, finishing with 28 tackles and two sacks.
Josh Banderas missed a chunk of his junior year battling a groin injury but still finished as one of the Huskers' top tacklers.
Josh Banderas has enjoyed his most productive season as a senior, starting every game for the Huskers and leading the team in tackles heading into Senior Day.
After a strong senior season at Archbishop Rummel, Cethan Carter landed an offer from the Huskers and committed a few weeks before national signing day.
Cethan Carter helped lead Archbishop Rummel to a Louisiana state championship in 2012.
Cethan Carter made an impact as a true freshman in 2013, finishing the year with 127 receiving yards.
Cethan Carter got his first career touchdown as a sophomore in 2014.
Injuries affected Cethan Carter in each of his final three seasons at Nebraska, but as a junior in 2015, he enjoyed his best season, finishing with 329 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Cethan Carter has again missed time this season as a result of injury, but he has 15 catches and a touchdown in the seven games in which he's played.
Ross Dzuris represented Plattsmouth at the 2012 Shrine Bowl. He then walked on at Nebraska instead of accepting scholarship offers to North Dakota and South Dakota.
After spending his first three seasons at Nebraska as a reserve defensive end, Ross Dzuris made an impact as a junior in 2015, playing in every game and starting four. He led the Huskers that season with nine tackles for loss.
For all of his accomplishments on and off the field, it's this magnificent mustache that made Ross Dzuris famous to those that don't follow Husker football.
Entering his final home game, Ross Dzuris leads the defensive line with 31 total tackles this season and also has a team-best eight tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
Nate Gerry went 48-3 and won three state championships during his four years at Sioux Falls (S.D.) Washington.
Nate Gerry's famous biceps were already taking shape as a high school senior.
Nate Gerry made an immediate impact at Nebraska, playing in every game as a true freshman in 2013 and starting three.
Nate Gerry was a full-time starter by his sophomore season, and that year he finished second in the Big Ten with five interceptions.
There are those Nate Gerry biceps again.
Nate Gerry will finish his career as one of the Huskers' best defensive backs. He enters senior day one shy of the school record for career interceptions.
Kevin Maurice was an All-State selection at Orlando (Fla.) Freedom. The Huskers signed him as a three-star prospect in the 2013 class.
Kevin Maurice spent his first three seasons at Nebraska as a backup defensive lineman, making 21 tackles and one sack during that span.
Kevin Maurice has enjoyed his best season as a senior, stepping into the starting lineup after the Huskers lost four defensive tackles from the previous year. He has 28 tackles and three sacks entering the Maryland game.
Before Brandon Reilly was a Husker wideout, he was a curly-haired hockey player.
In addition to a stellar football career at Lincoln Southwest, Brandon Reilly was also a standout high school basketball player.
Brandon Reilly joined the Huskers as a walk-on before eventually earning a scholarship.
Perhaps the highlight of his Husker career, Brandon Reilly had the game-winning touchdown in 2015 to upset No. 6 Michigan State.
Injuries and a suspension have kept Brandon Reilly out of two games this season, but he still ranks fourth on the team with 249 receiving yards entering the Maryland game.
In addition to helping lead Papillion-La Vista to a semifinals appearance in football, Dylan Utter also finished second in the shot put at the state meet.
There's still time to get the ball in Dylan Utter's hands before his Husker career ends.
Dylan Utter was even voted Papillion-La Vista's Homecoming prince in 2011.
Dylan Utter started all 13 games as a junior in 2015 as the Huskers' left guard.
Dylan Utter moved to center for his senior year and was named one of the team captains before the start of the season.
Coming out of Montini Catholic High School in Illinois, Jordan Westerkamp was the state’s all-time leader in receptions (235), receiving yards (4,618) and receiving touchdowns (68).
Jordan Westerkamp won three state championships in high school, then signed with the Huskers in the 2012 class.
Jordan Westerkamp had one of the more memorable catches in recent Nebraska history on a 49-yard game-winning Hail Mary against Northwestern in 2013.
Jordan Westerkamp's 918 receiving yards as a junior in 2015 were 24 shy of the Nebraska single-season record, and his 65 catches were the most by a Husker receiver. He also had four 100-yard receiving games, which tied a school mark.
Though he's missed two games with injuries this season, Jordan Westerkamp still leads the team with 391 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
The family of the late Sam Foltz will be included in Nebraska's senior day celebration. Before college, Foltz was a standout football player and sprinter at Grand Island.
Sam Foltz represented Grand Island at the 2012 Shrine Bowl then joined the Huskers program a couple months later in what might be Nebraska's greatest class of walk-ons.
By his sophomore season at Nebraska, Sam Foltz had already joined the ranks of the Big Ten's best punters. He'd be named the conference's punter of the year as a junior in 2015.
Sure, Sam Foltz was one of the nation's best punters, but he could sling the ball around too.
Sam Foltz tragically died in a car accident this past summer, weeks before the start of his senior season. The outpouring of support for the Foltz family and Huskers has been an emotional theme to this season.