Kearney senior Gabe Heins became the 15th known member of Nebraska’s walk-on class Thursday.

“Ever since I can remember, I have been going to (Nebraska) games, watching them on television and listening to them on the radio,” Heins said. “It’s in my blood, and I love Nebraska football.”

Heins continues the tradition of Bearcat kickers becoming Huskers. Most notably, Brett Maher — now with the Dallas Cowboys — was a Kearney alumnus.

The 6-foot, 165-pound Heins was 5 of 8 on field goals with a long of 44 yards this year. He also went 32 of 34 on PATs his senior season.

He chose Nebraska over FCS school Drake and multiple Division II schools, along with interest from Kansas State, South Dakota State, UNK, Chadron State and Northwest Missouri State.

Heins is the second kicker to commit to Nebraska as a walk-on, joining Lincoln Southwest senior Dylan Jorgensen.

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