Honors & Awards
» Third-Team All-Big Ten (Media, 2016)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches, 2016)
» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN.com, ESPN.com)
» BTN All-Bowl Team (2015)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015; Spring 2017)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
2017 Season Notes
» Made his 22nd straight start at left tackle in the game against Rutgers, tying the longest streak by a Husker at that position (Richie Incognito, 2002-03)
Junior Nick Gates returns to anchor the Nebraska offensive line in 2017. A two-year starter at tackle, Gates is once again expected to lock down the left side in 2017. The 6-5, 295-pound Gates is the most experienced and game-tested returnee on the Nebraska offense, having started 23 games, including all 13 contests in 2016.
The play of Gates was a key reason Nebraska allowed the fewest sacks in the Big Ten in 2016, after ranking second in that category during Gates’ freshman season in 2015. The Las Vegas native has the ideal size and tenacity for an offensive tackle and combines those traits with outstanding footwork and athleticism. A third-team All-Big Ten choice as a sophomore, Gates is primed to contend for bigger honors in 2017.
Gates held down the left tackle spot and was one of two offensive linemen to start all 13 games in 2016. He earned third-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and was an honorable-mention pick by the coaches.
Gates led an offensive line that ranked first in the Big Ten in protecting the passer, allowing just 15 sacks on the season. The offensive line paved the way for Nebraska to top 550 yards of total offense against both Wyoming and Northwestern, while rushing for more than 200 yards four times on the season.
The play of the line also allowed senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. to become Nebraska’s all-time leader in passing yards, total offense and total touchdowns. Individually, Gates was named ProFootball.com’s top run-blocking offensive lineman in the country during Week 1.
2015 (Redshirt Freshman)
Gates was Nebraska’s regular starter at right tackle, helping the Huskers rank among the Big Ten leaders in scoring, passing and total offense. Gates started all 10 games he played, while missing three games at midseason with a high ankle sprain.
Gates’ play at right tackle was also critical to Nebraska providing strong pass protection throughout the year. The Husker offensive line gave up just 14 sacks in 13 games to rank ninth in the nation and second in the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed. Gates helped power Nebraska to 326 rushing yards in the bowl victory over UCLA, earning him a spot on the BTN All-Bowl team.
Gates redshirted and worked on the scout team offensive line.
Before Nebraska (Bishop Gorman HS)
Gates was a dominant force on the offensive line for Coach Tony Sanchez at Bishop Gorman High School, helping his team to three straight state titles. As a senior, Gates helped the offense average better than 275 yards per game en route to a 13-2 record and a Division I state championship. Gates also saw time on defense, recording 13 tackles, a tackle for loss, three breakups and a fumble recovery. Gates earned first-team All-Nevada honors from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and was an All-Southwest League pick.
Gates earned second-team all-state honors from the Review-Journal in 2012, helping Gorman to a 13-1 record, including a 63-10 victory in the state title game. Bishop Gorman was a perfect 16-0 in the 2011 season and averaged more than 280 rushing yards per game.
Gates was regarded as the top player in Nevada and one of the top 25 offensive tackles in the country. Gates also visited Texas A&M, and had offers from dozens of schools, including Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State. Gates was also a standout player for Bishop Gorman's state championship baseball team.
The son of Taylor and Sonya Gates, Nick was born on Nov. 27, 1995. He is a criminology and criminal justice major and a two-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He has volunteered for community outreach work with Uplifting Athletes and local school and hospital visits. He was named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in both 2016 and 2017.