Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
» Seven-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2014, 2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2016, 2017)
Senior A.J. Natter heads into the 2017 season looking to compete for a more significant role in the Huskers’ defense. Natter has been a reserve defensive end the past two seasons and will again line up along the defensive front as the Huskers identify roles in a new 3-4 defensive scheme. Natter missed the latter part of spring with a leg injury that required surgery, but is hopeful of returning for preseason camp.
The 6-5, 260-pound Natter has ideal size and strength for a defensive end, allowing him to hold up against the run and rush the passer. Natter was a 2016 Academic All-Big Ten selection. He is a management/marketing major and is on track to graduate in December.
Natter played in six games as a reserve defensive end. He had a pair of tackles, including a solo stop against Fresno State and an assist against Maryland.
Natter was a reserve defensive end and saw action against South Alabama and Minnesota. He had a solo tackle against South Alabama.
2014 (Redshirt Freshman)
Natter saw action in wins over Florida Atlantic, Fresno State and Illinois. He had one tackle against Florida Atlantic.
Natter redshirted in his first season in the program.
Before Nebraska (Milton HS)
Natter was Nebraska's first scholarship signee from Wisconsin since 1997, and was a three-year standout for Jeff Bachinski at Milton High School. As a senior, Natter had 43 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, while also recording two fumbles in eight games. His play earned Natter first-team all-state honors from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, while he was a second-team all-state pick by the Associated Press. Natter was named a semifinalist for the Tim Krumrie award given to the state of Wisconsin's top senior defensive lineman.
Natter had 80 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks, while also blocking two kicks as a junior. He earned honorable-mention all-state accolades from the WFCA, and picked up all-region and all-conference honors. Natter started as a sophomore in 2010 and helped Milton High to the state playoffs. Natter had 55 tackles and 10 sacks to earn second-team all-conference honors. Natter was ranked as the top prospect in Wisconsin according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, Natter was a concensus choice as one of the nation's top 25 defensive ends. Natter only visited Nebraska, but had offers from Iowa, Michigan State, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue among others.
The son of David and Beth Natter, A.J. was born on Oct. 8, 1994. He is a seven-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Natter has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline, the People’s City Mission, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60, Belmont Community Center and team hospital outreach events. He is a three-time member of both the Brook Berringer Citizenship and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams.