The 13th-ranked Nebraska football team took the practice field on Wednesday for a two-hour workout inside the Hawks Championship Center. The Huskers practiced in helmets and shoulder pads as they prepare for their upcoming matchup with the ninth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship this Saturday in Arlington, Texas.
Defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator John Papuchis talked to media members after practiced concluded and the topic turned to Husker place-kicker and punter Alex Henery. The senior is currently tied atop the all-time scoring chart at Nebraska and is hoping to move into first place this Saturday. Papuchis talked about his senior kicker and the impact he has had on his team.
"It's disappointing that he hasn't got some of the national recognition or at least been named first-team All-Big 12, but I've said it said it before and I'll say it again, I wouldn't trade him for anyone else," Papuchis said. "He's extremely important to what we do as a football team. He's extremely reliable and dependable, and he's had a tremendous career."
Even though Henery was left off the first team All-Big 12 list this season, Papuchis knows that's not important to Henery.
"I wish for him he would have won one of those awards, but knowing him I don't think that's in the forefront of his mind," Papuchis said. "He's just out there to do his job, and whatever awards come his way he'll take, but that's not why he plays the game. He has a good attitude about it."
The Huskers and Sooners will battle for the Big 12 title this Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen nationally on ABC.