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Nebraska Safety Nate Gerry’s Play Versus Purdue Leads to Major Questions

Nate Gerry

Nate Gerry

After personal reflection, I feel that the idea behind this article may have been sound, but its execution was very poorly done. While I do feel Nate Gerry’s performance on the field is open for critique, I also feel that I crossed a line with this piece into unprofessional area and I do not want that to represent myself or Athlon Sports.

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It is my sincere hope that anyone offended by this article be they a fan or someone with a more personal relationship to Gerry accepts this apology as I recognize my mistake and hope to learn from it resulting in better choices in the future. Thank you. — Brandon Cavanaugh, AthlonSports.com contributor

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There’s an interesting phenomenon going on. This marks the second week in a row that I’ll be pointing out absolutely horrific play by a Nebraska football captain.

Alex Lewis looked terrible versus Northwestern. The offender against Purdue was none other than Nate Gerry, No. 25 in your programs.

This was a game Nebraska had to win for a chance at getting a bowl bid. However, thanks to Gerry’s play, one has to wonder if he wasn’t just going through the motions to get back to Lincoln as soon as possible with his team’s wishes being the furthest thing from his mind.

I’m not one to make such accusations without evidence, so let’s roll in the monitor and go to the video tape!

We’ll be looking at three instances where Gerry blew my mind this past Saturday against the Boilermakers.

The guy’s been known for snagging interceptions or at least being a physical presence in the defensive backfield. With that in mind, somehow whatever this is happens.

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What exactly is trying to be accomplished there? Surely you could use another look or two at Gerry’s work. Maybe Nate the Great was just off his game on that play.

Let’s move on to more work in the secondary.

Yes, that guy you see ricocheting off Daniel Davie? That’s Gerry. How do you bodycheck your own cornerback? It’s really hard to defend these actions, not that I’m trying. I’d love to hear someone do it, though.

Finally, this is something I’ve been questioning loudly over the past couple of weeks. Is every player giving it his all on every play?

I ask this and some Nebraska fans treat me as if I just told them their grandparents feast on the souls of the damned.

First, no offenses intended and second, have a look.

No. 25 is hanging out with No. 55 (defensive tackle Kevin Maurice) while their teammates could use some help trying to stop the recreation of Tommie Frazier’s run in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

If you’re going to suit up for a game, take some pride in your work. If you can’t find a reason to give effort for yourself, how about doing so for the fans that made the trip?

Should there be another member of the team that can play the spot, even a walk-on that’s there only for emergencies, let a guy that actually wants to bust his butt get the minutes. The bench is more comfortable for those less engaged anyway.

Hopefully Gerry can make up for these transgressions against Michigan State, but it’s hard to look at these three plays and think he won’t check out if the going gets rough early.

— Written by Brandon Cavanaugh, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Be sure to follow Brandon on Twitter @eightlaces and like his Facebook page.