Nebraska sophomore place-kicker Alex Henery has been named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week following his record-setting effort in the Huskers’ 40-31 victory over Colorado last Friday.
Henery connected on four field goals, including a game-winning 57-yarder with 1:43 remaining in the contest. The 57-yard field goal was a Nebraska school record and Memorial Stadium record, bettering the previous record of 55 yards which had been accomplished on three occasions. The record kick also ranked as the longest by a Big 12 player in three seasons and tied for the third-longest field goal in a Big 12 Conference game.
Henery made three field goals earlier in the game to keep Nebraska in position for victory. The Omaha native connected on a 35-yarder in the first quarter, a 27-yard attempt in the third quarter and a 37-yarder early in the fourth quarter to cut the Buffs’ lead to 31-30.
Henery has enjoyed an outstanding sophomore season. He has made 14-of-17 field goals and 54-of-55 extra-point attempts. He ranks ninth in the Big 12 in scoring, including fourth among kickers and his 82.4 field-goal percentage is tied for first in the conference. Henery has made 22-of-25 career field goals and connected on 99-of-100 PAT attempts.
The selection of Henery as Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week marks Nebraska’s third honoree in that category this season. Niles Paul won the award after returning a kickoff for a touchdown against San Jose State and Nate Swift earned the honor after returning a punt for a touchdown against Virginia Tech.
Henery’s award also marks the third straight game Nebraska has had a conference honoree. Ndamukong Suh was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week following the Kansas game and quarterback Joe Ganz was the offensive honoree following Nebraska’s win at Kansas State.