The award is the first for Asante and the fourth for a Nebraska defensive player this season (Suh vs. MU, Crick vs. Baylor, O'Hanlon vs. Oklahoma). Henery's honor is his second of 2009 (Virginia Tech) and the third of his career (Colorado, 2008).
Asante made a season-high 10 tackles, caused a fumble and intercepted a pass in Nebraska's 17-3 North Division clinching win over Kansas State. The senior safety spearheaded a defensive effort that limited its sixth opponent in seven home games to nine points or fewer. His second-quarter interception inside the Nebraska 20 secured a 10-3 halftime lead. He then forced a fumble at the Nebraska 1-yard line in the third quarter as NU maintained its 17-3 advantage.
Henery punted six times for a 45.5 average, made his only fi eld goal attempt and both PATs in Nebraska's win over Kansas State. He pinned K-State deep in its own territory on two occasions with punts downed at the KSU 1 and 3-yard lines. Henery leads the Big 12 in punts inside the 20 with 22 through 11 games, including 15 in Big 12 play. Of his 22 punts inside the 20, 13 have been inside the 10, including seven pinning the opponent inside its own 3-yard line. He remained perfect on the season in PATs and improved to 16-of-19 on field goals.
Nebraska travels to Colorado this Friday, Nov. 27, as the Huskers square off against the Buffaloes at 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC.