Huskers add scholarship transfer Timmy Bleekrode in attempt to consolidate kicking issues | Recruitment
The Huskers, of course, desperately need consistency in their kicking operation. After senior Connor Culp was named the Big Ten Kicker of the Year in 2020, he struggled mightily in 2021 and was eventually replaced – against Oklahoma by first rookie Kelen Meyer and later in the season by Chase. Contreraz.
Throughout the season, NU made only half of their 16 field goal attempts and missed four more points, including Meyer’s lone attempt, which was blocked against the Sooners and came back for two points. .
The Huskers were 13th among the Big Ten in shots on goal and extra points. Only Northwestern (46.2%) had a lower field goal conversion rate and only Maryland tied NU with four more points missed. No one else in the Big Ten has missed more than two.
Bleekrode graduated from Marist High in 2019 and donned a red shirt that year. Taking into account the free year in 2020 and his full working season this fall, Bleekrode still has three seasons of eligibility.
Nebraska also added a walk-in engagement last week from teammate Furman and 2021 replacement Spencer Pankratz. Pankratz attended high school in Colorado but was born in Lincoln.
Bleekrode immediately becomes the frontrunner to handle the kicking tasks at Lincoln, while Pankratz, Meyer and Contreraz will also try to factor in the equation. Brendan Franke managed kickoffs for NU in 2021 and recorded touchbacks on 61.3% of his attempts.