Husker captain, safety Nate Gerry, will not play in the Music City Bowl.
Nebraska Coach Mike Riley announced Thursday that Gerry, a senior, has been suspended for the game against Tennessee. Junior cornerback Boaz Joseph has also been suspended for the game.
Riley says the two didn’t violate any team rules.
“They didn’t do anything behavior-wise that would be a violation of a rule that I have,” Riley told reporters. “It wasn’t a coach’s decision, it wasn’t a team rule, it’s just plain out eligibility. … You can figure it out from here, OK? I can’t say specifically what it is, but the main fact is Nate and Boaz are not eligible for the game.”
Gerry was a captain on the Husker team. He was honored on the All-Big Ten team. He also won All-American honors from some publications. Gerry has been suspended before. He also sat out the first game of the season against Fresno State.
On Twitter, Gerry admitted he failed to meet his academic responsibilities this semester.
Sophomore Antonio Reed will like play for Gerry.
“Are we disappointed? Sure,” Riley said. “It affects a lot of people – most directly, right for the moment, this 2016 team that he’s a captain of. That is for sure the immediate. The same with Boaz.”