Nebraska football has had some terrific kickers over the years, and a recent ranking had Alex Henery among the best of the 21st century.
Because of the struggles of the Scott Frost era, especially when it came to kickers, it can be hard to remember there was a time when Nebraska was considered “Kicker U.” There seemed to be a stretch where every kicker the Huskers trotted out there was among the best in the game.
Alex Henery was absolutely one of the best in the game. He showed in while playing for Nebraska football, and he showed it while playing in the pros.
Earlier this week, the former Husker kicker got a bit of recognition for what he did during his college playing days, especially. The social media account Big Game Boomer, who often puts together “best” or “worst” lists, did one for college kickers of the 21st century.
Henery wasn’t just “one of the best” kickers in college football since 2000, either, according to the list. The former Nebraska football star was ranked as the second-best on the list. He was ranked only behind Florida State’s Robert Aguayo.
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One of the most remarkable stats from Henery’s era at Nebraska was that he missed one extra point in four years as the team’s kicker. That’s not a typo; he hit 193 of 194 extra points in his career.
When it came to field goals, he wasn’t far off. He had just eight misses in his Nebraska football career.
What people likely forget when looking at what he did in the college game is that he was also the team’s full-time punter in his junior and senior seasons.
He excelled at that position and averaged 42.2 yards per punt and topped that with 43.2 yards per punt in his final year with Nebraska football.