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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Draft Preview: Brett Maher

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Nebraska's Brett Maher. He ranks in the top five in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Maher's profile page on the Cornhuskers' website:

2012 Senior Season
  • Second-Team All-Big Ten Place-Kicker (Coaches)
  • Second-Team All-Big Ten Punter (Coaches)
  • UCLA: Connected on a career-long 54-yard field goal at the end of the first half, bettering his 51 yarder at Michigan in 2011... was the longest field goal ever for Nebraska away from Memorial Stadium
  • Northwestern: Downed five of his nine punts inside the Northwestern 20, including four punts inside the Wildcat 7-yard line... had two punts of 50 yards or more, including a 58-yarder in the third quarter
  • Georgia (Capital One Bowl): Connected on a 39-yard field goal and made all four PATs... increased season scoring total to 119 points, the most ever by an NU kicker
2011 Junior Season 
  • First-Team All-Big Ten Punter (Coaches, Media, Yahoo.com, Phil Steele)
  • First-Team All-Big Ten Kicker (Coaches, Media, ESPN, Yahoo.com, Phil Steele 
  • Lou Groza Award Semifinalist (1 of 20) 
  • had field goals of 50 and 48 yards against Chattanooga as part of his 4-of-4 effort, and also averaged 52.0 yards per punt. The performance earned him Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week.
  • Against Fresno State, Maher became the first Husker punter since 2005 to average 50-plus yards per punt in consecutive games, averaging 50.8 yards per punt on five kicks.
2010 Sophomore Season
  • Maher played in 13 games as the holder
2009 Freshman Season
  • Maher played in all 14 games as the Huskers' holder for PATs and field goal attempts
  • also served as the backup punter to starter Alex Henery
High School
  • senior year at Kearney High School: 41-for-46 kicking extra points and 8-for-14 on field goals, while averaging 41.2 yards per punt. 
  • played wide receiver where he had 775 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions. 
  • earned first-team all-state honors from both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star, while playing for the North Squad in the 2008 Shrine Bowl


College Stats:
2012: 20 of 27 (74.1%) FGs; 59 of 59 PATs; 119 points
2011: 19 of 23 (82.6%) FGs; 43 of 44 PATs; 100 points

From Nebraska's Pro Day earlier this month:
"He made all 10 of the 10 field goals he attempted for scouts on Thursday. This comes after he made 14 of 15 kicks at the NFL combine. The Kearney native kicked for about a half hour for scouts. 'I'm kicking really well right now,' Maher said. 'I kicked well today, kicked well at the combine. Kicked off really well today. Put a couple back on the endline. Just feel good about how the ball is coming off my foot'."

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