Ex-Nebraska football kicker is back in the transfer portal

Former Nebraska football kickoff specialist Brendan Franke is on the move again as he departs Georgia Southern.
Nov 23, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Georgia Southern Eagles kicker
Nov 23, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Georgia Southern Eagles kicker / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

One of the more interesting and perhaps sadder traits of the transfer portal is the number of players that tend to take more than one trip in it. Earlier this week, a former Nebraska football kicker entered and joined the growing number of players who have looked to change schools more than once.

Brendan Franke, who made his name with the Nebraska footbal team as a kickoff specialist under former head coach Scott Frost, announced he was entering the portal again. Franke had previously moved from the Huskers to the Georgia Southern Eagles.

As Franke pointed out himself, he's spent time as both a punter and a kicker and still has two years of eligibility.

As a member of the Nebraska football program, Franke had 54 kickoffs and record 36 touchbacks. When Husker opponents did return his kicks, they did so for an average of only 18 yards per return. If there's one area where Franke's stats fall short is kicking field goals and extra points.

Franke transferred to Georgia Southern amid a shift at Nebraska towards a special teams unit that was in desperate need for dependable kickers, especially when it came to field goals. It's unclear whether or not Matt Rhule and Ed Foley accomplished that goal.

True freshman kicker Tristan Alvano had a bit of an up and down season. At times he looked as though almost anyone else could do the job. On the flipside he went through a streak where he couldn't miss a kick.

Ex-Nebraska football kicker looking for new home

For Georgia Southern, Franke never saw the kind of playing time he did with the Cornhuskers. In his one season with the Sun Belt team, he had just 18 kickoffs and half of those resulted in touchbacks.

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All of those 18 kicks took part in just four games. Now the ex-Nebraska football kicker is once again looking for a place he can do what he does best.