Noa Pola-Gates

Noa Pola-Gates may need to pack on some weight this summer and fall to have a chance at playing time, but the ceiling for the No. 2 player from the state of Arizona is high.

The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 Nebraska players you need to know heading into the 2019 season.

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Noa Pola-Gates

5-11, 170 • Freshman • defensive back

Pola-Gates was a late but key pickup for Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class. Ranked as the 147th best player in the class by 247Sports, the hard-hitting safety could start from day one if he picks up the playbook quickly. Pola-Gates is part of a thin safety group. He may need to pack on some weight this summer and fall to have a chance, but the ceiling for the No. 2 player from the state of Arizona is high. Pola-Gates recorded 57 tackles, one tackle for loss, five interceptions and seven pass breakups his senior year of high school.

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Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email: chris.heady@owh.com.

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