Nebraska announced Thursday that senior Nate Gerry, an All-Big Ten safety, and senior wide receiver Brandon Reilly have been suspended for the season opener because of a violation of team rules.
Next Saturday’s season opener against Fresno State can’t get here fast enough for the Cornhuskers and their fans. August has been a month of bad news for the program. Nebraska lost starting offensive lineman Jerald Foster for the season, wide receivers coach Keith Williams is suspended for the first four games after his third DUI and this week freshman wide receiver Derrion Grim announced he was transferring.
Gerry has been a three-year starter. Reilly was arrested for a DUI in March but it’s unclear if this suspension is related to that offense.
“It’s not frustration. A little disappointment to an extent,” Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker said of Gerry’s suspension. “I know he’s disappointed as well, but this too shall pass… I look forward to getting him back in the fold, because No. 1 he’s a good person, No. 2 he’s a good leader, and he plays his position well.”
Three players are candidates to fill in for Gerry: Aaron Williams, Kieron Williams and Antonio Reed. Even with Gerry on the field, the Huskers’ secondary was porous last season and a major concern heading into 2016.