Nebraska’s revamping of its kicking specialists continued Thursday, when it added another versatile walk-on.
Ryan Novosel, from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, announced on social media that he’ll join the Huskers next season. Kohl’s Kicking ranks him No. 100 among kickers in the 2020 class.
Novosel made all five of his field-goal attempts and 16 of 16 extra points as a senior. He also handled punts and kickoffs.
Nebraska, which used six kickers for field goals last year, has remade the position in the offseason. Tyler Crawford, a walk-on from Oklahoma, will also join NU this summer. Iowa Western All-American Chase Contreraz came aboard in January. Also in the room is redshirt freshman Gabe Heins.
If Novosel figures into the punter battle, he’ll be competing with sophomore William Przystup, redshirt freshman Grant Detlefsen and incoming freshman Sami Khawja. All specialist positions lost their incumbents from last season and are wide open.
Before the coronavirus pandemic shut down spring practices last month, coach Scott Frost said the Huskers would take a close look at specialists who were already on the roster before considering additional moves.
“We are going to give the guys who are on campus a real good look and a great chance this spring and see if we need to make any changes from there,” Frost said then.