Thursday afternoon, Nebraska senior S Nate Gerry was ruled ineligible for the Music City Bowl, though no reason for the suspension was given by coach Mike Riley or the school.
A few hours after the announcement, Gerry released a statement via Twitter in which he confirmed his career is coming to a premature end due to academic ineligibility.
— NG (@NathanGerry) December 22, 2016
“I am very grateful for the experiences I have had at Nebraska and am extremely disappointed that my Husker football career has ended in this manner,” Gerry wrote in the statement.
This will be the second time Gerry has missed a game this season; he was suspended the season opener because of a violation of team rules. Earlier Thursday, Riley spoke to the media and addressed Gerry’s ineligibility, saying it’s a “tough pill to swallow.”
“Are we disappointed? Sure. It affects a lot of people,” Riley said. “Most, I guess, most that it affects directly right now for the moment is his 2016 team, that he’s a captain of.”
Gerry finishes the season with 74 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, half a sack, 8 pass break-ups and 4 interceptions. He finishes his career with 13 interceptions, tied for second in Nebraska history and one behind Dana Stephenson’s 14. Stephenson played in the late 1960s.
Along with Gerry, redshirt junior DB Boaz Joseph was also suspended for the Dec. 30 game against Tennessee, while senior WR Jordan Westerkamp will miss the game due to injury.