After starting punter Sam Foltz hurt his ankle in the season opener against BYU, Nebraska held informal tryouts last week to find a backup punter to the backup punter, Tyson Broekemeier. According to coach Mike Riley last week, NU even found a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student to join the team.
But Nebraska doesn’t need him — thus he never joined the team — because Foltz will punt Saturday against Miami, special teams coordinator Bruce Read said. Foltz could have punted against South Alabama, Read said, but Nebraska didn’t want to get in a situation where he’d have to run around with the ball.
When asked how Broekemeier did, Read said with a smile, “Not bad!” He even got good hang time on one of his punts.
Broekemeier had to be the backup punter, Read said, because coaches couldn’t persuade any regular freshman punters to walk on to the program. Foltz has two years left, and he’s one of the best in the nation.
Other punters “knew they’d be buried behind him,” Read said. Nebraska is actively pursuing punters for next season and has even extended a 2016 scholarship offer to Caleb Lightbourn of Camas, Washington, one of the nation’s top prep punters.
At kicker, Read said he was happy to see sophomore Drew Brown bounce back with two makes after missing two field goals against BYU. Read said Brown hadn’t missed a kick for eight days prior to the season opener but got “too far inside” on his plant foot and pulled a couple against the Cougars.