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2010 May 03
30/1980 BEST PLAYERS: No. 30
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No. 30 Kicker Alex Henery (2007-present)
So, yes, Henery is a kicker. That, in itself, is a bit controversial, adding him to a list of 30 best players since 1980. That said, Henery is easily the best kicker in Nebraska history, hitting 50 of 57 field goals in his first three years and 139 of 140 extra points. Plus, five of those seven misses are from beyond 50 yards. A 47 for 49 rate inside 50 yards isn’t merely astonishing - it’s won games for NU, and kept them in countless others.
Although the Huskers lost to Texas and Virginia Tech in 2009, Henery kept NU in both games with his right foot alone. His punting, especially inside the 20-yard line, helped the Huskers win the field position battle during the last half of the season. It also earned Henery a rare honor: The Blackshirt. And if Bo can bestow that on him, it’s good enough for us.
Had Henery wanted to play college soccer - and play it well - he could have done it. He chose another path - and was wise to do it. He’ll be, in 12 months time, one of the few kickers taken in the NFL Draft. It may not be the conventional pick, but Henery belongs on the list.
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