Entering the 2011 season, Brett Maher faced one of the most difficult jobs on the Nebraska roster. The walk-on from Kearney was asked to replace Alex Henery, a four-year starter at place-kicker and two-year starter at punter, who finished his career as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. A year later, Maher faces another daunting challenge entering his senior season in 2012–matching his own award-winning 2011 campaign.
AUDIO Brett Maher press conference (2:00)
In 2011, Maher became the first Big Ten specialist to be named the all-conference place-kicker and punter in the same year since 2001. He also won both the Bakken-Andersen Big Ten Kicker-of-the-Year and the Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter-of-the-Year awards. Maher picked up Big Ten Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors three times, and was one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza National Place-Kicker Award.
Maher will again be a contender for several conference awards this fall, while being a leading candidate for both the Groza Award and the Ray Guy Award. In addition to handling place-kicking and punting chores, Maher also kicks off for Nebraska.