Big 12: Sam Swank

After early kicking success, Henery can't wait to punt

June, 30, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Who needs a quiet summer? Alex Henery is doing his best to stay busy by trying to win another job with Nebraska.

It's why Henery is trying to build on his record-breaking start as a kicker by becoming the Cornhuskers' regular punter.

But whether booming high spiraling punts or drilling balls through the uprights, Henery has confidence he can help the Cornhuskers at both positions.

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  Nebraska kicker Alex Henery is looking to add the punting duties to his plate in 2009.

"It's something that I can do," Henery said. "Some kids are strictly kickers and others are punters. I feel like I can do both. It's a challenge I feel like I can accomplish."

Henery actually came to Nebraska as a punter after averaging more than 41 yards per kick at Burke High School in Omaha in his junior and senior seasons. Those numbers earned him all-state honors as a punter from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star in both seasons.

But when he arrived at Nebraska, his chances at the position were stifled with Dan Titchener and Jake Wesch in front of him on the depth chart. After sitting out a redshirt season, Henery moved to kicker where he has blossomed into one of the nation's most consistent performers once he got his chance.

And he earned Bo Pelini's ultimate compliment when he was described as "a stud" after his record-breaking 57-yard kick that helped beat Colorado last year.

During his college career, Henery has missed only one extra point and one field goal attempt inside of 50 yards. He is the most consistent kicker in Nebraska history to this point.

"I couldn't imagine things turning out much better for me than how they've worked out," Henery said. "I'm happy with how things have gone so far. My career has worked out pretty well."

Even with that early success, Henery hopes to build on that by punting this season after the graduation of Wesch and Titchener.

Few college players have been successful at both jobs. But recent success by Wake Forest standout Sam Swank and West Virginia's Pat McAfee have convinced Henery to give it a shot.

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Wake Forest jumps to early 17-0 lead

August, 28, 2008

Posted by's Tim Griffin

WACO, Texas -- Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner wasted little time taking control, completing 12 of his first 13 passes to help stake the Demon Deacons to a 17-0 lead 37 seconds into the second quarter.

Baylor was unable to muster any kind of pressure on Skinner, who made it looked like he was throwing against little defense in his quick start.

Wake Forest took advantage of two three-and-out possessions by the Bears to stake themselves to a field goal and touchdown on their first two drives.

Sam Swank drilled a 40-yard field goal to cap the first drive, a six-play, 13-yard possession.

After another struggling Baylor possession, Wake Forest marched 62 yards for another score. The 12-play drive was capped on a 12-yard pass from Skinner to Chip Brinkman.

And after Baylor whiffed on a fumble recovery, the Demon Deacons rambled 48 yards on 11 plays, capped by a 3-yard TD run by Brandon Pendergrass.

After three Baylor possessions and only one first down in the first quarter, freshman quarterback Robert Griffin was installed for the Bears on their first possession of the second quarter.