Honors and Awards
» 2015 Nebraska Scout Team Special Teams MVP
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
Junior Avery Anderson will challenge for playing time in the Nebraska secondary in 2018, while also battling for continued action on the Huskers’ special teams units. Anderson played in 11 games in 2017, mostly working on the kick coverage units.
The 6-0, 180-pound Anderson has the versatility to play multiple positions, but focused on the safety spot during spring ball. Anderson spent his redshirt year at cornerback in 2015 and was the Huskers’ Scout Team Special Teams MVP, before switching to safety in the spring of 2016. Anderson joined the Husker program in January of 2015 after helping Pine Creek High School to two Colorado state championships.
Anderson appeared in a career-high 11 games as a sophomore. He added depth to the Husker secondary and was a key special teams performer. A nderson was also one of Nebraska’s top tacklers on kickoff coverage. After recording one tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2016, Anderson tallied three tackles in 2017, all on special teams. He had one tackle on kickoff coverage against Rutgers, Illinois and Penn State.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Anderson provided depth at safety and saw action in three games against Fresno State, Wyoming and Ohio State. He made an assisted tackle at Ohio State.
Anderson arrived at Nebraska in January of 2015, and redshirted in his first year in Lincoln. He earned Scout Team Special Teams MVP honors for his work in practice.
Before Nebraska (Pine Creek HS)
Anderson earned first-team all-state honors as a junior and a senior at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs. Anderson starred in three areas to help Pine Creek post a perfect 14-0 record in 2014. As a defensive back, he recorded three interceptions, while making 52 tackles, including six tackles for loss. Anderson also contributed on offense, rushing for 226 yards and a touchdown while catching 16 passes for 318 yards and one touchdown. He also handled kickoff return duties for Coach Todd Miller.
Anderson was an All-Colorado choice by the Denver Post for his play in 2014, and he was a first-team Class 4A choice by the Colorado High School Activities Association.
As a junior, Anderson was named a first-team all-state free safety by the CHSAA. He also earned all-league and all-region recognition after totaling 53 tackles, one interception and three breakups while leading Pine Creek to its first state championship and a 12-2 record. Offensively, Anderson had 53 carries for 386 yards and eight touchdowns.
Anderson was rated as the No. 2 player in Colorado, behind Husker teammate Eric Lee Jr. Anderson was a member of the Rivals250, the list of the nation’s top prospects. Scout.com listed him among the top 35 safeties in the country and 247Sports ranked him among the top 40 athletes nationally. In May of 2014, Anderson earned defensive back MVP honors at the Rivals Camp Series in Chicago.
Anderson committed to Nebraska in February of 2014, after considering offers from Arizona State, Kansas State and Utah, among others. Among his teammates at Pine Creek High was 2016 Nebraska signee JoJo Domann.
The son of Killian and Angela Anderson, Avery was born on Sept. 11, 1996. He is majoring in advertising and public relations. Anderson is a two-time member of the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship teams and has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race and local hospital outreach visits.