Honors & Awards
» Big Ten Freshman of the Week (vs. Oregon, 2016)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
2017 Season Notes
» Recorded punts inside the 20 three times in each of the first two games this season
» Averaged a career-high 47.3 yards on six punts against Northern Illinois, marking his career best, while recording four punts over 50 yards
» Boomed a career-best 64-yard punt against Rutgers, while pinning the Scarlet Knights inside the 20 on three punts
Sophomore Caleb Lightbourn returns for the Huskers in 2017 and is the front-runner to handle the punting chores. Lightbourn handled the punting role as a true freshman in 2016 and continued to make strides throughout the season. The 6-3, 235-pounder possesses a strong leg and will look for more consistency during his second season in Lincoln.
Lightbourn was expected to redshirt last year, but was thrust into duty following the tragic death of Sam Foltz shortly before the start of fall camp.
Lightbourn handled the starting punting duties and played in 12 games. He did not see action against Illinois, when the Huskers were not forced to punt. Lightbourn averaged 39.7 yards on 65 punts, while downing 21 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He also booted 10 punts of at least 50 yards,
Lightbourn averaged 47.2 yards on five punts against Oregon, including pinning the Ducks inside their 20 three times. He also booted a season-long 58-yard punt in that game, and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his work. Lightbourn averaged 43 yards per punt against Purdue, with three punts downed inside the Boilermaker 10-yard line. He again had three punts inside the 20 at Wisconsin and Ohio State in the following two weeks.
Ligtbourn averaged 44.4 yards on four punts against Maryland, with three punts inside the opponent 20, marking the fourth time in five games he accomplished that feat. Lightbourn capped his freshman season by averaging 42.7 yards against Tennessee, including a 52-yard punt.
Before Nebraska (Camas HS)
Lightbourn excelled as both a punter and place-kicker for Coach Jon Eagle at Camas High School in Washington. Lightbourn missed a good portion of the 2015 season recovering from a knee injury, but did contribute to a Camas team that finished with an 11-1 record and reached the quarterfinals of the WIAA Class 4A playoffs. He averaged 45 yards on four punts in 2015.
In 2014, Lightbourn connected on 97 percent of his extra-point attempts and made 4-of-5 field goals. The Papermakers’ high-powered offense rarely punted, but Lightbourn averaged better than 45 yards on his limited attempts and produced touchbacks on better than 90 percent of his kickoffs. Lightbourn’s efforts on special teams helped Camas to a 10-1 record and a trip to the WIAA playoffs, and he earned all-league honors for his performance.
Lightbourn was also a member of the varsity as a sophomore in 2013, when Camas went 13-1, before losing in the state championship game.
Lightbourn was ranked as the No. 7 punter in the nation by 247 Sports and the 11th-best punter in the country by Scout.com He was also listed among the top 20 prospects in Washington by 247 Sports, ESPN and Scout.com. He also competed in soccer and track for Camas High.
Lightbourn chose Nebraska over Washington.
Lightbourn was born on Nov. 12, 1997, and is the son of Edgar Lightbourn and Marjie Van Der Laan. He has not declared a major. He earned a spot on the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2017. He has volunteered with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, School is Cool and school and hospital outreach.