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2014 Outlook Defensive end Randy Gregory burst onto the scene for Nebraska in 2013 and ended the year as one of the most dynamic defenders in the nation. 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.
Despite being a newcomer to the conference, Gregory 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 returns in 2014 to anchor the Nebraska defensive front, and he is expected to contend for major conference and national honors. Gregory has worked in the offseason to become a more consistent run stopper, while keeping his incredible burst off the edge on passing downs.
The 6-6, 240-pound Gregory finished 2013 with 10.5 sacks for 69 yards in losses and was in on 19 tackles for loss, totaling 101 yards. Gregory had at least one sack in seven of the final eight games, and had at least one tackle for loss in each of the final 12 games.
The 10.5 sacks were 2.5 more than Ohio State’s Noah Spence for the Big Ten lead, and Gregory’s sack total ranked 15th nationally. He 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 18 quarterback hurries, including four each against Michigan State and Southern Miss.
Gregory joined the Nebraska program after spending the past two seasons at Arizona Western Community College.
2013 (Sophomore) Gregory started 10 of 13 games and finished the year with 66 tackles, including 40 solo stops. He had at least five tackles eight times on the year, including each of the final five games. Gregory registered a season-high eight tackles in four games.
He opened the year with two tackles each against Wyoming and Southern Miss, including his first career tackle for loss against the Golden Eagles. He also had four hurries against Southern Miss. Gregory tied his season high with eight tackles against UCLA, including two tackles for loss for 12 yards, and also forced a fumble against the Bruins.
Gregory’s 33-yard interception return for a touchdown against South Dakota State marked the first interception for a touchdown by a defensive lineman since Ndamukong Suh in 2008. He also made five tackles against the Jackrabbits, including two tackles for loss and split the first sack of his career.
Gregory had his second eight-tackle game of the year against Illinois, incuding five solo stops and a tackle for loss. He made the most of two tackles at Purdue, registering sacks on both, including a 17-yard sack for a safety in the third quarter. He also recovered a fumble in the third quarter. Gregory had one sack each against Minnesota and Northwestern, and his sack against the Wildcats forced Northwestern to kick a late field goal and keep NU’s chances of victory alive.
Gregory earned Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors for his effort at Michigan. He notched three of Nebraska’s seven sacks and totaled four tackles for loss totaling 24 yards in the Husker win. Gregory matched his season high with eight tackles against Michigan State, including a nine-yard sack. At Penn State, Gregory had eight tackles, but was held without a sack for only the second time in conference play.
He closed the regular season with five tackles and a sack against Iowa. Gregory had five tackles, including two tackles for a loss and a sack in the Gator Bowl win over Georgia.
Before Nebraska (Arizona Western CC/Hamilton Southeastern HS) Gregory was regarded as the nation’s top junior-college defensive end prospect and one of the top 10 JUCO prospects regardless of position after his two years at Arizona Western Community College. 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.
Personal Gregory was born on Nov. 23, 1992, and he is the son of Ken and Mary Gregory. He is majoring in sociology. Gregory has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes and visits to the Belmont and Calvert Community rec centers.
Gregory's Career Statistics
Single-Game Highs » Tackles – 8 vs. UCLA (2013), vs. Illinois (2013), vs. Michigan State (2013), at Penn State (2013) » Solo Tackles – 5 vs. UCLA (2013), vs. Illinois (2013), at Penn State (2013) » Tackles for Loss – 4 at Michigan (2013) » Sacks – 3.0-14 at Michigan » Interceptions – 1 vs. SDSU (2013) » Pass Break-Ups – 1 vs. Southern Miss (2013)
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