One of the top defensive players in Lincoln as a senior, Nick Leader joins the Huskers as a walk-on after a standout career at Lincoln Southwest. Leader helped Coach Andrew Sherman’s team to a 7-3 record in 2018, posting 76 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, nine sacks for 59 yards and three fumble recoveries. His play earned Leader honorable-mention all-state honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald. He also earned all-city accolades from the Journal Star. As a junior, Leader had 43 tackles, three sacks, an interception and two tackles for loss, while adding six receptions. He had 19 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore defender for the Silverhawks. Leader is the son of David Leader, a two-year letterwinner at linebacker for Nebraska in 1991 and 1992.