Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; Spring 2015, 2016)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Award (2014, 2016)
» Tom Obsorne Citizenship Award (2014, 2016)
Junior defensive end A.J. Natter enters the 2016 season looking to compete for playing time at defensive end. Nebraska lost four starters from the 2015 defensive line, including ends Jack Gangwish and Greg McMullen, leaving the opportunity for playing time wide open. Natter had a strong spring, putting him in good position for playing time heading into fall camp.
The 6-5, 260-pound Natter has ideal size and strength for a defensive end. He has been limited by injuries in the first half of his Husker career, but is hopeful for a healthy 2016 campaign.
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 majoring in management and is a five-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Natter has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline, Belmont Community Center and team hospital outreach events. He is a two-time member of the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams.
» Games Played – 5, 3 in 2014, 2 in 2015
» Tackles – 1 UT, 1 AT, 2 TT; 1 AT in 2014, 1 UT in 2015