Q&A: Nate Gerry

Nebraska's Nate Gerry catches an interception over Purdue’s DeAngelo Yancey in the end zone. 

The junior co-captain emerged as one of the Big Ten’s top defensive backs last season.

Gerry started every game as a sophomore and finished with a team-leading five interceptions, all coming in conference play (including the one pictured against Iowa).

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound safety was named second-team All-Big Ten by the media.

Q: You guys have had a little more than one week’s worth of practices together. How do you think things are coming along?

A: I think we’re starting to come together a lot better. Everything’s starting to click. We’re kind of getting out of some of the old habits we had and forming new habits. That was probably one of the toughest parts of the transition, was learning new habits and techniques. I think that really helped and we’re starting to click a little better.

Q: Are you getting comfortable with the different people who will be back in the secondary with you?

A: Yes. We have different people in different formations and lots of different types of bodies. It depends on what type of play call we’ve got, but it doesn’t bother me who I have next to me as long as they know what they’re doing and they like to talk and communicate.

Q: Have you been able to do a lot of those things when Byerson (Cockrell) is back there, even though he hasn’t been able to start hitting people yet (because of shoulder surgery)?

A: Byerson has had a great fall camp so far. He’s limited like you said with one arm. (But) doing those types of things help him, especially with his footwork. He can focus on different things and get those down without having to worry about hitting people.

Q: Coach Mike Riley has announced that a few guys have been suspended for the BYU game. How have you guys reacted to that situation?

A: We have team rules, and it’s just one of those things that, it’s just like somebody getting hurt. Somebody has to fulfill that role and step up, and that’s one thing fall camp is allowing everybody to do, is put people in new positions. It’s good for younger guys.

Q: From a defensive perspective, with so many wide receivers being out, what are you seeing from the young (receivers) who have been playing?

A: A lot of rotation. I think a lot of guys are moving inside and outside. We’re seeing a lot more of Stanley (Morgan). I think he’s really having a good fall camp. He’s going to be a contributor for us this year. It’s giving guys more experiences to learn new routes.

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