Junior Nick Covey has battled injuries throughout his Nebraska career, but is hopeful of seeing his first extensive playing time in 2008. Covey saw increased action late last fall at linebacker after injuries to seniors Bo Ruud and Lance Brandenburgh.
A native of Glendale, Ariz., Covey worked primarily at linebacker during spring practice, but will try his hand at defensive end to begin fall practice. The 6-2, 250-pound Covey possesses the versatility to move back to linebacker where he could play multiple spots.
Covey did not play in the first seven games of the season, but saw action in the second half of the year after injuries hit the linebackers. He saw action against Texas A&M, Texas and Kansas State and finished with five tackles, including three solo stops. He had three tackles against the Aggies and one each vs. Texas and KSU.
2006 (Redshirt Freshman)
Covey missed the entire season after suffering a knee injury. He had missed the entire 2006 spring practice session following shoulder surgery.
Covey redshirted during his first season at Nebraska. With the Husker linebacking corps thinned by injury, Covey was ready for duty, but was not called into action.
Before Nebraska (Mountain Ridge HS)
Covey used his outstanding speed to dominate from his linebacker position for Coach Steve Belles at Mountain Ridge High School. Covey finished his senior year with an average of 12 tackles per game, and also saw time at tight end on offense, where he scored one touchdown.
Covey helped Mountain Ridge to a Class 5A state runner-up finish, and earned first-team all-area honors. As a junior, Covey caught 17 passes for better than 300 yards and scored three touchdowns, while also posting big numbers from his linebacker spot. His performance as a junior earned him first-team Class 5A all-state honors. Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming ranked Covey as the nation's No. 14 inside linebacker.
Covey is the son of Glenn and Michelle Covey and was born on May 9, 1987. He is a communication studies major.