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Monday, October 5, 2015

Nebraska Cornhuskers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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October 5, 2015 - punter Sam Foltz earns weekly Big Ten honors
"for his performance against Illinois Monday, as he was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. Foltz averaged a season-best 46.9 yards on his nine punts Saturday, including five punts of at least 50 yards. He had two kicks of over 60 yards, including a pair of 63-yard punts. More impressively, he pinned the Fighting Illini inside their own 10-yard line three times. Monday’s award marks the second time in his career Foltz has been named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. It is the third time in four weeks that a Nebraska player has won or shared a Big Ten weekly honor." - Huskers

September 26, 2015 - kicker Drew Brown ties NCAA record
"The Huskers defeated Southern Mississippi 36-28, but take Nebraska kicker Drew Brown’s five field goals out of the equation and it might’ve ended differently. On Saturday, the sophomore tied an NCAA record for making five field goals in a half. 15 of Nebraska’s 36 points came from Brown and he said he wasn’t expecting it to be a big day for him. 'But hey,' Brown said. 'You’ve got to be ready for when it does happen.' Nebraska coach Mike Riley said although he would’ve like to see more touchdowns made in the first half, he was impressed with the field goals. Brown’s longest field goal came at the end of the first half. It was a 50-yarder that put the score at 22-0 heading into halftime. 'It felt good to put that through the uprights,” Brown said. “It was also really good for the team to go into halftime with a larger lead than it would’ve been if it wouldn’t have gone in." - Daily Nebraskan

March 20, 2015 - long snapper Chase Urbach commits as walk-on

"Nebraska used a scholarship to secure a long snapper in the 2015 recruiting class, but it appears Jordan Ober may have some competition next season. Chase Urbach, another 2015 long snapper, announced that he has committed to the Huskers as a preferred walk-on. Urbach, out of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, is rated with 4.5 stars according to Chris Rubio of Rubio Long Snapping, the same program that produced Ober and 2013 Nebraska long snapper commit Gabe Miller." - Omaha.com

March 13, 2015 - kicker Jamie Sutcliffe commits as walk-on
"Jamie Sutcliffe, coming off a solid junior-college season, announced via Twitter on Friday that he will attend Nebraska. He will walk on to the program, joining scholarship kickers Drew Brown, a sophomore, and Mauro Bondi, a senior. Walk-on Spencer Lindsay of Kearney is also in the competition. Sutcliffe's commitment was not of great surprise. He had visited Lincoln in mid-February. He spent last fall kicking at Pierce College in Los Angeles after spending a year at Utah. He had scholarship opportunities from Indiana State and Alabama State, as well as some interest from Missouri. The kicker is ranked No. 10 among 2015 kicking prospects by Chris Sailer, who has worked with Sutcliffe at camps." - Journal Star

February 1, 2015 - long snapper Jordan Ober commits
"Jordan Ober, a Long Snapping specialist from Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas, Nevada becomes the 20th commitment to the Huskers and the fourth one on Sunday. Ober, who stands 6' 1" and 179 pounds, is not ranked by 247 sports in either a base ranking or a composite. Ober comes from the Chris Rubio Long Snapping camp, which Nebraska Special Teams coach Bruce Read had been wanting to get a Snapper from. Ober had his only FBS visit and offer from Nebraska, which both came this week." - Corn Nation

September 19, 2014 - kickoff specialist Mauro Bondi injured in accident
"Junior kicker Mauro Bondi suffered a broken collarbone and was hospitalized Thursday night after losing control of his motorcycle in north Lincoln, according to police.Bondi, transported to Bryan LGH West by a roommate, told Lincoln police that he was traveling about 45 mph on Alvo Road just west of 1st Street when he apparently lost control while navigating a curve and then hit the curb, according to the accident report. Police became aware of the incident at 6:35 p.m. Bondi, 21, was cited for negligent driving and operating a motorcycle without a valid license. The report stated that Bondi, who was wearing a helmet, sustained injuries to his left shoulder and upper arm region. He was treated for a broken collar bone and multiple abrasions at the hospital, according to police." - Omaha.com

September 2, 2014 - long snapper Paul Kelly added
"Kelly, who is a Senior and graduated from Miami (FL) back in December, is a Graduate Transfer that would be immediately able to help the Huskers out. The Huskers and Canes clash in Lincoln on September 20th. Kelly, according to his University of Miami bio, played in 23 games for the Canes as a long snapper, primarily on field goal and PAT attempts. He played all 13 games last season for Al Golden's team. The Huskers have been missing Long Snapper Gabe Miller, who is on scholarship, since the beginning of the Camp season with a undisclosed injury. Nebraska had been using both walk-on Josh Faulkenberry and Safety Nathan Gerry on long snapping all camp." - Corn Nation

August 28, 2014 - opening day kickers
"Coach Bo Pelini also addressed the role of kicker for Saturday's game, saying that both Drew Brown and Mauro Bondi will see time. 'We'll start the game with Drew Brown as the field goal kicker and Mauro as the kickoff guy,' Pelini said. Pelini added that the newcomers will be ready to go for their first college football game. 'They've played a lot of football up to this point against good competition,' Pelini said. 'A lot of good on good. They are ready to go and just execute their football'." -  Huskers

August 28, 2014 - punter Sam Foltz
"He gained some expertise working closely with former Husker punter Bill Lafleur. Then he attended a kicking camp at the end of July, where NFL free agents and top college punters gathered to improve. Foltz learned film-evaluation techniques there, which led to a few alterations. Foltz figured out that many punters take wide steps, to build momentum as they cover more ground. He does better with smaller steps. 'A reason why I was so inconsistent (last year) is because my steps were so inconsistent,' Foltz said. 'It’s the little details. Your steps, the drop… where you hit the ball'.... And after a long offseason, full of hard work, he hopes excuses won’t be needed at all this fall. He’s excited to see the commitment to improvement pay off. Consider coach Bo Pelini among those who’ve been impressed. 'I think he’s exceeded expectations,' Pelini said. 'I’ll tell you what, I have a tremendous amount of confidence in him. I think he’s only going to get better in time. He worked very, very hard in the offseason. I think he’ll have a good year for us'.” - Omaha.com 

August 25, 2014 - long snapper Gabriel Miller update
"Nebraska punter Sam Foltz is disappointed that he won't be able to take snaps from Gabriel Miller to start the season. NU's scholarship long snapper has been held out all of fall camp with a back injury. However, Foltz said that Miller has been aggressive in his attempt to work his way back from that injury. 'Gabe is a little bit down on it now but he's worked his tail off in the training room every day trying to get back,' he said. 'Gabe is Gabe. He's always an upbeat kid. He's always got a smile on his face. Right now he's kind of hit a little bit of a brick wall while dealing with it but hopefully he can get back for us.' In Miller's place Nebraska has turned to freshman backup long snapper Josh Faulkenberry and sophomore safety Nathan Gerry." - 247 Sports

August 18, 2014 - kicking competition
"You'd understand if junior kicker Mauro Bondi wasn't that thrilled about his new competitor -- true freshman Drew Brown. Two scholarship kickers. One job. But Bondi is quite believable when he says he's enjoying the challenge. For good reason. He's sure Brown is making him better and vice versa. Like the other day when they both took turns trying field goals while the entire team heckled them. At one point, Brown made one from 52. Bondi backed up and made one from 55. 'After he made his, you kind of feel a little pressure. But seeing someone else make it just makes you really focus and do the best you can,' Bondi said. 'It's nice having really great competition.' It's hard to say who is winning the kicking contest. Bo Pelini said Saturday it's 'neck and neck' and he'd maybe come to the decision on a starting place-kicker later this week. While there are still probably a few more misses than Husker fans might be accustomed -- Drew Brown banged an extra point off the post on Monday, for instance -- both kickers are clearly giving a much more solid representation to the position than we witnessed in the spring." - Journal Star

August 4, 2014 - long snapper Gabriel Miller out several days
"Head coach Bo Pelini said sophomore long snapper Gabriel Miller is out for a few days with a back injury. 'He'll be out for a few days, he has a back injury he's dealing with,' Pelini said. During Monday's practice, safety Nathan Gerry and linebacker Josh Banderas snapped in Miller's place, along with freshman long snapper Josh Faulkenberry." - 247 Sports

July 5, 2014 - punter Sam Foltz
"The challenge for him is to find consistency — which isn’t all that surprising for a young player who suddenly jumped into a pressure-filled role. He had 15 punts go 50 yards or farther last season, but the remaining 56 others brought down his average distance to 41.6. He did have 20 kicks downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.Now that the former walk-on receiver is a full-time punter, he’s devoted his offseason to making all the necessary improvements." -  Omaha.com

May 17, 2014 - kicker Drew Brown
"The kicker from Southlake (Texas) Carroll High School puts himself through two kicking workouts per week. He attempts around 50 field goals, moving from hash to hash, usually keeping himself within 50 yards. Since 2009, 83 percent of the Huskers’ 111 field-goal attempts have been from inside 50 yards. Nebraska’s coaches haven’t offered Brown many pointers, and have never made a habit of micromanaging their kickers. This approach since Pelini arrived has consistently worked, from Alex Henery to Brett Maher to Pat Smith, who made 12 of 13 field goals last year, including a game-winner at Penn State. 'They just tell me to keep my leg strong,' Brown said.... Before Brown arrives at Nebraska June 8, he hopes to win a state title as an outfielder on Carroll’s baseball team. Brown said he was hitting .415 with one home run and 33 runs batted in. Carroll, 29-4, won the first game of a three-game series with San Angelo Central 3-2 in the Texas 5A playoffs. Brown said he talked 'a few times'” to Nebraska baseball coach Darin Erstad, and Erstad has extended him an offer to try out for the team this fall, if he wants. Erstad was Nebraska’s punter on the 1994 national title team. 'I definitely have the opportunity to try out,' Brown said. 'I’m not guaranteed a spot or anything.'” Nor is Brown guaranteed to win the field-goal job over Bondi and Kearney walk-on Spencer Lindsay. But he aims to try to win it, just like his brother did." - Omaha World Herald

April 12, 2014 - Red-White Spring Game
"The Huskers had two failed extra-point kicks — Spencer Lindsay had one blocked and Mauro Bondi missed another. It didn’t stop there. Bondi also missed an 18-yard field goal. 'There was some penetration I felt on a couple of those kicks, and that’s been a little bit of an issue,' Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. 'There were some guys in there today that necessarily won’t be in there in the fall. … But, overall, our kicking needs to be more consistent.' Pelini said his team conducted a lot of field-goal work throughout the spring. 'Bottom line is, with the guys we have right now, I think they’re all capable, but there aren’t any of them that are consistent enough. And so enter Drew Brown, we’ll find out.' Drew Brown is the brother of former Husker and NFL kicker Kris Brown. From Southlake, Texas, Brown obviously has the support of Husker coaches, who gave him a scholarship. 'We have a really good kicker coming in, a guy we have a lot of confidence in,' Pelini said. The junior Bondi, also a scholarship player, has proven to be a very good kickoff man, with his big leg often producing touchbacks. 'But bottom line is, he had the opportunity to come in and separate himself as a field-goal kicker and he didn’t do that,” Pelini said. “The guy who probably made the most progress during the spring was Spencer Lindsay'.” - Journal Star

March 31, 2014 - spring specialists snapshot
"Nebraska has the luxury of having at least some experience at kicker (Mauro Bondi), punter (Sam Foltz) and long snapper (Gabriel Miller). Bondi becomes much more important, however, now that Pat Smith is gone. Spencer Lindsay and Grant Schumacher are the backups to Bondi." - Omaha.com

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