56 Gerel Harlan
56 Gerel Harlan
Birth Date: Aug. 7, 1989
Height: 6-2
Weight: 205
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Cookeville, Tenn.
High School: Cookeville
Position: OLB
Major: Business

Gerel is a valuable player because of his ability to fill roles on special teams in addition to providing depth at the bandit position...a hard worker with good speed...owns a great attitude...spent a redshirt season as a true freshman and has had a chance to be on the field in variety of situations during the past two years...ready to make an impact in his fourth campaign...learned his position quickly in the team's new 3-4 system last year...runs well, goes hard on every play and shows a high intensity...capitalizes on his chances.

At Tech (In 2009): Made it onto the field early in the year with playing time against Pikeville and Eastern Kentucky....INJURY???

(In 2008):
Gerel appeared in the first eight games of the season, much of the time in special teams roles...made five total tackles...an injury sidelined him during the final four contests.

(In 2007):
Gerel's first year on the Golden Eagle roster found him in a redshirt role.

HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Cookeville High School under coach Jerry Joslin...won the school's Jim Ragland Award while earning first-team all-Region 3-5A and all-Upper Cumberland first-team honors...real speedster, he was also the district champion in the 100-meter dash during the track & field season.

PERSONAL: The son of Gerard and Deborah Harlan...born August 7, 1989...full name is Nathan Gerel Harlan...studying business.