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#90 Alex Henery
Position: Place Kicker/Punter
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 175
Year: Senior
City/State: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Burke
Experience: High School
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Honors & Awards

  • First-Team All-American Place-Kicker (AP, Rivals.com, CBSSports.com, SI.com in 2010)
  • Rudy Award Finalist (1 of 3)
  • Lou Groza Award Semifinalist (2009, 2010)
  • First-Team All-Big 12 Place-Kicker (AP, Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News, Rivals.com in 2010; Dallas Morning News, Rivals.com in 2009)
  • First-Team All-Big 12 Punter (Kansas City Star, ESPN.com in 2009)
  • Second-Team All-Big 12 Punter (Coaches in 2010)
  • Second-Team All-Big 12 Place-Kicker (Coaches, Phil Steele, Fort Worth     Star-Telegram in 2010; AP, Coaches, Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 2009;
  • AP, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News in 2008)
  • Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 Punter (AP in 2010; Coaches in 2009)
  • Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 Place-Kicker (Coaches in 2008)
  • Lou Groza Award Star of the Week (2010 at Oklahoma State, 2009 vs. Va. Tech, at KU)
  • Ray Guy Award Watch List (2009, 2010)
  • Nebraska Special Teams MVP (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Nebraska Team Captain (2009, 2010)
  • Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week (three times in career)
  • Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Nominee
  • Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2010)
  • School Record Career Scoring (397 points)
  • School Record for Most Consecutive Made Field Goals (18, broken vs. Missouri, 2010)
  • School Record for Most Field Goals in a Season (24 in 2009)
  • School Record for Most Field Goals in a Career (68)
  • School/Memorial Stadium Record Holder for Longest Field Goal (57 yards vs. CU, 2008)
  • Guy Chamberlin Trophy
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2010)
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010)
  • Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2010)


Alex Henery completed one of the most outstanding careers for a place-kicker in college football history in the Holiday Bowl. Henery continued to amaze with his accuracy and leg strength during his senior season, while also ranking as one of the Big 12’s top punters for the second straight year. Henery was most impressive in the postseason, connecting on 14-of-14 postseason field goals, including a 4-of-4 effort in the 2009 Holiday Bowl.
The Omaha native connected on 18-of-19 field goals in 2010, with his only miss a blocked 51-yard attempt. His successful kicks include 10 from beyond 40 yards, and two from 50+ yards. He owns three of the top five single-season field goal totals in school history, including an NU record 24 in 2009. Henery was also perfect on 54 PAT attempts this season, and ended his career with 116 straight made extra points.
Henery’s accuracy in 2010 has improved his career mark on field goals to 68-of-76, and his 89.5 percent career accuracy percentage bettered the NCAA record of 87.8 percent. He also made 193-of-194 career PATs and his combined accuracy rate of 96.7 percent also shattered an NCAA record.
This season, Henery scored 108 points his third straight 100-point season after totaling 110 points in both 2008 and 2009. All three totals rank in the top 10 on the NU single-season list. Henery has pushed his career scoring total to 397 points, establishing a new Nebraska career mark, bettering Kris Brown’s 388 career points.
Henery also averaged 43.2 yards per punt to help NU rank 35th in the nation in net punting. He placed 26 of his punts inside the 20-yard line and had 17 punts travel at least 50 yards. Henery was a first-team All-America selection by the Associated Press, SI.com, Rivals.com, CBSSports.com and was a first-team All-Big 12 choice by several media outlets, including the AP. He was also a second-team All-Big 12 choice as a punter by the league’s head coaches.
Henery picked up his degree in construction management earlier in December.
                         
2010 (Senior)
Western Kentucky: Went 7-for-7 on PATs...averaged 42.7 yards per punt on three kicks including a 52-yarder and one inside the 20-yard line. Idaho: Went 5-for-5 on PATs and added a 24-yard field goal, while also placing both of his punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line...became the fifth player in school history to go over 300 career points. Washington: Enjoyed a solid all-around effort, going 8-for-8 on extra points, while punting five times for a 47.2 average....placed two of his five punts inside the 20 and had boots of 58 and 62 yards. South Dakota State: Punted six times for a 47.3-yard average, including a pair of punts inside the 20-yard line...also was 2-for-2 in PATs and added a 30-yard field goal. Kansas State: Collected his 12th career multi-field goal game, connecting on kicks of 39 and 40 yards, while also going 6-for-6 in PATs...averaged 49.5 yards per kick on his two punts. Texas: Averaged 49.4 yards on seven punts, including two boots inside the Texas 20-yard line...collected his second straight multi-field goal day, connecting from 28 and 45 yards. Oklahoma State: Set up NU’s first touchdown with a 27-yard run on a fake punt on NU’s opening drive...connected on three field goals, including a 52-yarder and was 6-for-6 on PATs...booted three punts for a season-high 50.3-yard average, including two kicks inside the OSU 20-yard line. Missouri: Extended his streak of consecutive field goals to school-record 18 with a 41 yarder before his 51-yard attempt was blocked in the fourth quarter...went 4-for-4 on PATs and punted five times for an average of 41.6 yards, including one punt placed at the 10-yard line. Iowa State: Went 4-for-4 on PATs and hit a 25-yard field goal...had a season-long 69-yard punt in the first quarter. Kansas: Placed five of his six punts inside the 20-yard line, while averaging 43.2 yards per punt...went 2-for-2 on field goals, including kicks of 42 and 24 yards. Texas A&M: Connected on both field-goal attempts (48, 29) to account for all six points in 9-6 loss to the Aggies...had six punts (40.8 avg.), including two inside the 20-yard line. Colorado: Moved into a tie for NU’s career scoring lead with 388 career points, matching the mark set by Kris Brown...hit a 42-yard field goal and went 6-for-6 in PATs...placed three of his four punts inside the Colorado 20-yard line. Oklahoma: Hit field goals from 53 and 42 yards out, as the 53-yarder set a Big 12 title game record and was the longest ever by a Husker kicker outside of Lincoln...also averaged 46.0 yards on eight punts, placing three kicks inside the OU 20-yard line. Washington: Henery connected on his only extra-point of the game, and also had six punts for an average of 36.5 yards per boot.

2009 (Junior)
Henery connected on a school-record 24 field goals in 28 tries, including six multiple field goal games, with five at Virginia Tech and four each against Texas and Arizona. Henery was also perfect on 38 extra-point tries, the second perfect PAT season of his career. Henery handled the punting chores and averaged 41.4 yards per attempt to rank fifth in the Big 12, while leading the league in punts downed inside the 20.

Henery began the year a perfect 7-of-7 on PAT attempts against Florida Atlantic, then made five PATs and his first field goal of the year against Arkansas State. Henery supplied all of Nebraska's points at Virginia Tech, hitting on 5-of-5 field goals in a 16-15 loss. The five FGs were the second-most in NU history. He also booted six punts for a 41.5 average against the Hokies, including a first-quarter punt of 76 yards while side-stepping VT pressure. The punt tied for the fourth-longest in school history. His effort at Virginia Tech earned him Big 12 Player-of-the-Week honors.

He had two field goals against Louisiana-Lafayette and averaged better than 45 yards on three punts, with two downed inside the ULL 5. Henery had just one field goal over the next three games, but had three punts inside the 20-yard line against Iowa State.

Henery made two field goals at Baylor, before his streak of field goals made inside 50 yards ended at 25 straight against Oklahoma. He did average nearly 44 yards on 11 punts vs. OU, including a 66-yarder. He made three field goals at Kansas in a 31-17 win. His punting helped NU to a 17-3 win over K-State, as Henery averaged 45.5 yards on six kicks, downed two punts inside the KSU 5 and had a 61-yard punt.

Henery averaged a career-best 50.7 yards on six punts at Colorado, including punts of 58 and 62 yards. He also placed four punts inside the 20. Henery scored all of Nebraska's points with four field goals in the Big 12 title game against Texas. He made a season-long 52-yarder in the first quarter and his 42-yarder with 1:44 remaining gave NU a 12-10 lead before a late Texas rally. Henery added another four-field goal outing against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl, including a 50-yarder and two others from beyond 40 yards. His four field goals tied his own bowl record and were a Holiday Bowl record. 

2008 (Sophomore)
Henery was a second-team All-Big 12 pick as a sophomore. He connected on 18-of-21 field goals, including three games with 4-of-4 efforts. He also made 56-of-57 extra points and his 110 total points were the most by a Nebraska player in seven seasons.

Henery ranked fifth in the Big 12 by scoring 8.5 points per game and second among kickers. His 85.7 percent field goal accuracy was tops in the league and among the top 12 nationally. He also ranked in the top 25 nationally in scoring and field goals per game.

Henery capped his season with a signature moment in the regular-season finale against Colorado, hitting a school-record 57-yard field goal to provide the decisive points in the final minutes of a 40-31 victory. The kick was two yards longer than the previous NU record held by three players, and was also Henery's fourth field goal of the game.

He capped the year with another 4-of-4 field goal effort against Clemson in the Gator Bowl. Henery's third four-field goal game had come in the opener against Western Michigan when he hit four 44-yarders, marking the second time in school history a player made four field goals from 40-plus yards in the same game. Henery's four field goals tied the Memorial Stadium record and extended the perfect start to his career to 12 straight field goals, the most ever to start a Husker career.

Henery had his first career miss against New Mexico State, but had at least one field goal in games 3-6. His only other misses of the season came from beyond 50 yards (vs. Texas Tech, Baylor), and he made all six field goals from 40-49 yards, including a 48-yarder against Virginia Tech. Henery also made a key play against Kansas, rushing nine yards for a first down on a fourth-quarter fake field goal to set up an insurance score in a 45-35 Husker victory. 

2007 (Redshirt Freshman)
Henery had a perfect place-kicking season as a redshirt freshman, connecting on all eight field goals and 45 extra points. His performance was the ninth perfect PAT season in school history and he was the first player at NU with at least five field goal attempts in a season without a miss. He earned first-team freshman All-Big 12 honors from The Sporting News.

Henery made two field goals in NU's 20-17 win at Wake Forest, added a 37-yarder against USC and connected on two field goals at Missouri, including a season-long 39-yarder. He had single field goals against Texas, Kansas and Kansas State, and made a season-high 10 extra points against the Wildcats. His only punt was a 32-yarder against USC that was downed at the Trojan 5.  

2006 (Redshirt)
Henery sat out his first season in Lincoln as a redshirt in 2006.  

Before Nebraska (Burke HS)
Henery was one of the top walk-ons in Nebraska's 2006 class. He earned Omaha World-Herald first-team All-Nebraska and first-team Lincoln Journal Star Super-State honors as a punter. Henery averaged 41.4 yards per punt as a senior, and also connected on 6-of-10 field goals and 37-of-38 extra-point tries.

Henery helped Burke to a 7-5 finish and a trip to the state semifinals. He earned first-team all-state honors as a junior, averaging 41.7 yards per punt. He also played soccer for the Bulldogs, helping them to a 14-3 record and a state playoff appearance as a junior.

Personal
Alex is the son of Guy and Mary Henery, and was born on Aug. 18, 1987. Henery was named to the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his community outreach work. Henery has volunteered his time with numerous hospital visits, the Omaha Heart Walk, School is Cool and other elementary school events.
 

 

Henery's Career Statistics  

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Field Goal Range

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Year

G

PAT

FG

TP

PPG

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

Lg

2007 12/12 45-45 8-8 69 5.75 0-0 5-5 3-3 0-0 0-0 39
2008 13/13 56-57 18-21 110 8.46 1-1 7-7 3-4 6-6 1-3 57
2009 14/14 38-38 24-28 110 7.86 1-1 8-8 6-6 7-8 2-5 52
2010 14/14 54-54 18-19 108 7.71 0-0 5-5 3-3 8-8 2-3 53

Totals

53/53 

193-194

68-76

397 

7.49

2-2

25-25

15-16

21-22

5-11

57

 

 

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Punting

Year

G/S

No.

Yds.

Avg.

Long

TB

FC

I20

Blk.
2007 12/0 1 32 32.0 32 0 0 1 0
2008 13/0 No Attempts              
2009 14/14 77 3,187 41.4 76 7 8 30 1
2010 14/14 69 2,982 43.2 69 5 14 26 0

Totals

40/28

147 

6,201 

42.2

76

12 

22 

57 

1  

Single-Game Highs
Field Goals-
5 at Virginia Tech, 2009
Long Field Goal– 57 yards vs. Colorado, 2008
PATs Made– 10 vs. Kansas State, 2007
Consecutive FG Made– 18, Dec. 5, 2009-Oct. 30, 2010
Punts -11 vs. Oklahoma, 2009
Long Punt -76 yards at Virginia Tech, 2009