Honors & Awards
- National Sophomore Defensive Player of the Year (CollegeFootballNews.com)
- First-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media, BTN, 2013)
- Most Sacks by a First-Year Husker (9.5)
- 2013 Ted Hendricks Award Watch List (1-of-18)
- Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week (at Michigan, 2013)
Defensive end Randy Gregory burst onto the scene for Nebraska this fall and ended the year as one of the most impactful defenders in the Big Ten Conference. Gregory was a dominant pass rusher from his defensive end spot, leading the conference in sacks and ranking among the league leaders in tackles for loss.
Gregory finished the regular season with 9.5 sacks for 62 yards in losses and was in on 17 tackles for loss, totaling 91 yards. Gregory had at least one sack in six of the season’s final seven games, and had at least one tackle for loss in each of the final 11 games.
The 9.5 sacks were 1.5 more than Ohio State’s Noah Spence for the Big Ten lead, and Gregory’s sack total ranked 17th nationally. Gregory had 9.0 of his sacks in Big Ten Conference games, including three sacks at Michigan. His conference sack total was 2.5 more sacks than any other player in the league. Gregory also ranked second in the conference in tackles for loss, trailing only OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier.
Gregory’s big-play ability did not stop with tackles behind the line. He had an interception return for a touchdown against South Dakota State, and a fumble caused and recovered at Purdue. He also led the team with a team-high 17 quarterback hurries, including four each against Michigan State and Southern Miss.
Overall, Gregory started nine of 12 games, and finished the year with 61 tackles, including 37 solo stops. He had at least five tackles seven times on the year, including each of the final four regular-season games. Gregory registered a season-high eight tackles in four games.
Despite being a newcomer to the conference, Gregory quickly became a common name in the Big Ten. He was a first-team all-conference choice by both the coaches and the media, and was a semfinalist for the Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s top defensive end.
Gregory joined the Nebraska program in August after spending the past two seasons at Arizona Western Community College.
Wyoming: Totaled two tackles in his first career game at Nebraska... nearly added the first sack of the season, but was flagged for roughing the passer on a play where a pass wasn’t attempted. Southern Miss: Made his first career start... chased USM quarterback Allan Bridgford throughout the night... notched four of NU’s seven QB hurries... produced two tackles on the night, including his first career TFL, and added his first career pass break-up. UCLA: Made a season-high eight tackles, including two TFLs for 12 yards... added a forced fumble. SDSU: Intercepted a third-quarter pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown... was the first of his career and the first by a Nebraska defensive lineman since Terrence Moore at Michigan in 2011... his interception for a touchdown was the first by a Nebraska defensive lineman since Ndamukong Suh had an INT for a touchdown against Colorado in 2008... interception for a touchdown was Nebraska’s third as a team this season, with Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans returning interceptions for touchdowns against Southern Miss... finished the game with five tackles, including two TFLs... combined with Avery Moss for an 11-yard sack in the first quarter. Illinois: Tied a season high with eight tackles... had five solo stops... notched his sixth TFL of the season and added a pair of QB hurries. Purdue: Posted just two tackles on the day, but made the most of them as they were both sacks... notched a safety in the third quarter on a 17-yard sack... was the first by Nebraska since the 2012 season against Penn State (Cameron Meredith sack)... also added a fumble recovery in the second quarter. Minnesota: Finished the game with four tackles, including three solo stops... picked up NU’s lone sack of the day on Minnesota’s first possession of the game. Northwestern: Registered his 10th TFL of the season with a sack on a 3rd-and-goal play by Northwestern on its final drive of the game that forced the Wildcats to kick a field goal... finished the game with four tackles and also notched a pair of QB hurries. Michigan: Produced 3.0 of Nebraska’s 7.0 sacks on the day... finished the game with five tackles. Michigan State: Tied four other Huskers for the team lead in tackles with eight, matching his season high... recorded a nine-yard sack in the second quarter, pushing his season total to a Big Ten-leading 8.5 sacks, with eight of those coming in Big Ten Conference games... added four quarterback hurries. Penn State: Finished the game with eight tackles, including a two-yard TFL... added two hurries, increasing his team-leading total to 17. Iowa: Recorded a three-yard sack in the first quarter to increase his season total to 9.5 sacks, including 9.0 in conference play... finished the game with five total tackles, including one tackle for loss to increase his season TFL total to 17.
Before Nebraska (Arizona Western CC/Hamilton Southeastern HS)
Defensive end Randy Gregory is part of an impressive influx of talent on the Nebraska defensive line in the 2013 class. A product of Arizona Western Community College in Yuma, Ariz., Gregory is one of three junior-college players in the 2013 class. The 6-6, 230-pound Gregory is generally regarded as the nation's top junior-college defensive end prospect and one of the top 10 JUCO prospects regardless of position. Gregory received extensive recruiting attention even though he missed the entire 2012 season because of a broken leg. As a freshman at Arizona Western in 2011, Gregory posted impressive numbers and was named a first-team all-conference defensive end. Gregory had 82 total tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and nine sacks to help Arizona Western to a trip to the NJCAA title game. He also forced three fumbles and recovered two others for Coach Tom Minnick's team. In addition to Nebraska, Gregory also visited Iowa State, and received scholarship offers from dozens of schools including Iowa, UCLA, Missouri, Arkansas, Oregon State, Washington, Illinois and West Virginia. Gregory originally signed with Purdue after a standout prep career at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Ind. He was ranked as one of the top 15 players in Indiana following his senior season. Gregory also had big numbers as a junior in high school, posting 92 tackles, including 17 sacks. In addition to numerous scholarship offers in football, Gregory also attracted Division I basketball interest out of high school.
Gregory was born on Nov. 23, 1992, and he is the son of Ken and Mary Gregory.
» Tackles – 8 vs. UCLA (2013)
» Solo Tackles – 5 vs. UCLA (2013)
» Tackles for Loss – 2 vs. UCLA (2013), vs. SDSU (2013)
» Sacks – 0.5-5 vs. SDSU (2013)
» Interceptions – 1 vs. SDSU (2013)
» Pass Break-Ups – 1 vs. Southern Miss (2013)