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Austin Epperson
Player Profile:
Austin Epperson 918435
Position: Floor, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, High Bar
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 135
Year: Freshman
City/State: Allen, Texas
Club: Elite Champion
Major: Criminal Justice

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Honors & Awards

  • 2016 First-Team All-American (Floor)
  • 2016 NCAA Individual Event Finals Competitor (Floor)
  • 2016 NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (Floor, Still Rings, Parallel Bars)
  • Second-Team CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2016)
  • Nebraska Men's Gymnastics Perseverance Award (2016)
  • Individual Title (Floor, 3/11/16)
  • Individual Title (High Bar, 1/23/16)
  • 2015 NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (Rings, High Bar)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015; Spring 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)

Career Bests

  • Floor Exercise - 15.40 (at Penn State, March 11, 2016)
  • Still Rings - 14.80 (at Rocky Mountain Open, Jan. 16, 2016)
  • Parallel Bars - 14.50 (at  Arnold Classic, March 5, 2016)
  • High Bar - 14.95 (vs. Air Force, Jan. 23, 2016)

2017 (Season Outlook)

An NCAA All-American, Austin Epperson will play an important role this season as the only returning senior to compete regularly for Nebraska last season. He became one of NU's top performers on floor and still rings last season and is also expected to contribute on the team's parallel bars and high bar lineups.

Epperson will be looked to for leadership in the classroom as well. He is a seven-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Selection.

2016 (Junior)

After injuries plagued the Huskers in 2016, Epperson was forced to step up as one of only four upperclassmen that regularly competed for Nebraska. The Allen, Texas, native accepted the challenge and became one of Nebraska's top competitors on floor, still rings, parallel bars and high bar. He competed in every meet for the Huskers and posted career-best scores on all four events as a junior.

Epperson also competed in the postseason, where he earned a spot at the NCAA Championships Finals for the first time in his career. Epperson posted a 14.70 on floor and claimed his first All-America award after tying for fifth.

In the classroom, Epperson earned Academic All-Big Ten for the third consecutive year and clinched spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in fall and spring semesters of 2015-16. He was also recognized for his efforts in the community, being named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2016.

2015 (Sophomore)

Epperson maintained important positions in Nebraska’s rings and high bar lineups in 2015. He also helped round out the floor and parallel bars squads to give the Huskers depth.
  

Epperson competed in six regular-season meets on rings, stepping up to the plate as NU’s most valuable rings performer. The Allen, Texas, native posted a season-best 14.60 at the Stanford quadrangular on Jan. 24. On floor, Epperson earned a career high on floor with a score of 15.00 against Minnesota and UIC Feb. 7.

In the classroom, Epperson claimed a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2014-15.

2014 (Freshman)

Epperson made his long-anticipated collegiate debut as a regular competitor in the Huskers’ lineup in 2014. Epperson competed in all eight regular-season meets for the Huskers, as well as making his first appearances at the Big Ten and NCAA Championships.

Epperson became a key member of the Husker lineup, setting personal bests of 14.30 or higher on all four of his events. He recorded a 14.70 on high bar and a 14.45 on floor exercise in Norman, Okla. He also posted a 14.65 on still rings at the Arnold Challenge in Columbus, Ohio.

Epperson ended his first season competing on rings, parallel bars and high bar at both the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. He topped his career bests on rings and parallel bars during the first night of Big Ten Championships, earning a 14.75 and a 14.30 respectively.   

In the classroom, Epperson earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2014 and claimed spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2013-14.

2013 (Redshirt)

Epperson redshirted in his first season at Nebraska after undergoing surgery on his wrist. He worked on rehabilitating after surgery and focused on making the adjustment to collegiate gymnastics.

In the classroom, Epperson earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13.

Before Nebraska

Epperson trained with Elite Champion Gymnastics under the coaching of his father, Mike Epperson. Austin attended the Junior Olympic Nationals and 2011 Visa Championship Qualifiers. He previously trained at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy, the most decorated gymnastics club in the nation.   

He graduated from Allen High School in Allen, Texas in 2012.


Personal

Born on Nov. 22, 1993, Austin is the son of Mike and Lisa (McCrady) Epperson, both of whom are former gymnasts for Nebraska. Austin has a sister, Abbie who is a gymnast at Maryland.

A criminal justice major, Epperson earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2014. He is also a seven-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.   

He started his college education at Nebraska early by taking summer classes in 2012. Austin chose Nebraska over Oklahoma, Minnesota and Illinois.

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