For Nebraska senior punter and placekicker, Brett Maher has one goal – to hit the ground running in the season opener against Southern Miss on September 1 at Memorial Stadium.
Maher came up huge last season, landing him on several award lists, including receiving the Big Ten kicker and punter of the year.
Entering last season, Maher was faced with one of the most difficult jobs on the team, replacing Alex Henery, a four-year starter at Nebraska, who finished his career as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history.
This season, he looks to improve on his numbers from last year.
What is impressive about Brett Maher is three-fold. His work ethic, his Nebraska roots and his mentality to go in and do what he can to help the Huskers succeed on the field, no matter the final score.
Maher said he “watched all of his kicks on film last season, and is using them as a learning tool heading into this season.”
Maher talked about his summer conditioning saying it has gone well. He also had the opportunity to work with former Husker kickers Alex Henery, Kyle Larson and Josh Brown.
“My leg has gotten a little stronger, overall, my strength is better,” Maher said.
Maher talked about the improvements from last season to now. “There’s always room for improvement, I just have to fine tune some things,” he said.
Last season, Maher became the first Nebraska punter since 2005 to average 50-plus yards per punt in consecutive games, averaging 50.8 yards per punt on five kicks.
Maher talked about the work ethic of this year’s team and how it will help the Huskers this season.
“We’ve got a lot of guys that work hard and take pride in what they do,” Maher commented.
Maher and the Huskers kick off the unofficial start to the season Saturday when they begin Fall Camp.