The redshirt freshman from Grand Island debuted as the Huskers' punter Saturday night against Wyoming. Did quite well, too, averaging 45.6 yards for five punts, including a 31-yarder with 1:31 left that made the Cowboys start their final drive from the 6-yard line.
Q: Did you have to fight adrenaline a little bit when you went out there for the first time before a crowd of 91,000 who hadn't seen you kick before?
A: Yeah, that's a huge thing, because when you try to overkick or overpunt, bad things happen. So you have to go out there and just kind of calm yourself down, keep within your reason and just do what you do, and you'll be pretty successful.
Q: When you went into the locker room and sat down afterward, did you breathe a little sigh of relief or feel a small sense of satisfaction?
A: Yeah, I did. It was good to just get back to the locker room after the game and just be like, “Whew, I got the first one out of the way,” now it's just time to do my thing the rest of the season.
Q: Do you sense that you've already gone from nobody knowing your name to people now having an idea of who you are?
A: It doesn't matter to me. I'm just going to keep the same level head. I'm still going to be me. That's who I am.
Q: What does the punt unit have in mind for a net average that you might target for the season?
A: I just set my own kind of goal, and I've just said I want to be 44-plus for my net. That just sounds like a good number for me to start out with, and as I get more comfortable, I'm going to keep upping it, just keep upping my standards.
Q: Saying 44.0 for a net average is a pretty salty number. What would you say for a punting average?
A: Oh, I don't know, anything over 45 would be good, but just be consistent and just do the best of my abilities with my punting.
Q: What did you pick up from spending a year around Brett Maher and having a season where you could just observe and not be forced into a role?
A: Brett taught me a lot. I was really raw when I first got here, just coming out of high school where I was a safety and a wide receiver first, and just kind of punted secondary. I was good enough at it, but I was just really raw. Brett taught me a lot of tips and how to be successful, and it's went a long ways for me.