|Hometown:||Las Vegas, Nev.|
|High School:||Bishop Gorman|
Honors & Awards
» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN.com, ESPN.com)
» BTN All-Bowl Team (2015)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016)
Nick Gates heads into the 2016 season as one of the anchors of an offensive line that lost four of its top six players to graduation. The 6-5, 300-pound Gates earned the starting right tackle spot as a redshirt freshman last fall and helped Nebraska field one of the Big Ten's most productive offenses.
Gates and senior guard Dylan Utter will be counted on to lead the re-tooed offensive line this fall. While the Las Vegas native lined up at right tackle throughout last fall, he could be tried at left tackle in 2016. Gates' play as a redshirt freshman earned him recognition on the BTN All-Freshman Team.
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 mid-season 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.Personal
The son of Taylor and Sonya Gates, Nick was born on Nov. 27, 1995. He is a criminology and criminal justice major. He has volunteered for community outreach work with Uplifting Athletes and local school and hospital visits.
Gates' Career Statistics
Games Played--10 in 2015
Games Started--10 in 2015