On Thursday, Nebraska football coach Mike Riley announced starting safety Nathan Gerry and junior cornerback Boaz Joseph will miss the team’s Music City Bowl appearance after being ruled ineligible.
Riley would not provide details for why the duo was ruled ineligible outside noting it was for a violation of university rules.
After the announcement, Gerry, a three-year starter who has now played his final snap for the Cornhuskers, announced in a statement that he was ruled academically ineligible.
Gerry shared the news while issuing an apology on social media.
— ⚪️🐍 (@NathanGerry) December 22, 2016
Gerry was also suspended for the season-opener.
It’s a big blow to the Cornhuskers defense as they lose a lot of production and leadership in the secondary. This season, Gerry ranked second on the team in interceptions (four) and tackles (74).
With Gerry out of the lineup, sophomore Antonio Reed is set to jump into the starting role.
The Music City Bowl takes place at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on Friday, Dec. 30. Kickoff between No. 24 Nebraska and Tennessee is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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