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Furman Kicker/Punter Transfer Timmy Bleekrode Joining Huskers

December 12, 2021

The Huskers have added another transfer to the mix and it’s at an important position.

Nebraska received some good news on Sunday night when Furman transfer kicker/punter Timmy Bleekrode decided to join the team. Bleekrode announced his decision on Twitter.

Bleekrode will be the answer to a fun trivia question for years to come. He’s the first kicker that coach Scott Frost has offered a scholarship to during his time at Nebraska. Bleekrode and punter Daniel Cerni are the two specialists who have gone on scholarship immediately under Frost. The specialist did kick and punt while at Furman but the Huskers are looking at him for kicker. Bleekrode was 15-for-18 with a long of 51 yards kicking.

Bleekrode may have been one of the biggest priorities on campus for the official visit weekend. As a punter, Bleekrode punted 52 times for an average of 42.15 yards per punt. He had 13 downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. His versatility makes him an intriguing player for Nebraska. The program needs help as it tries to fix the special teams woes that have plagued the program under Frost.

Bleekrode has two years of eligibility remaining. He played in three games in 2019 as a redshirt freshman. Then 2020 doesn’t count against him because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was a third-year freshman during the 2021 season. He was a second-team All-Conference selection at punter this year.

The Huskers have been active in the search of special teams help this offseason. The team has added two walk on kickers to the mix. Bleekrode’s teammate Spencer Pankratz is transferring to Nebraska as a kicker. So is Kansas City kicker Charlie Weinrich. The Huskers will have a lot of fresh faces in the mix once again for kicking duties.

Connor Culp graduated from Nebraska and has exhausted his eligibility. Chase Contreraz ended the season as the Huskers’ kicker. Culp and Contreraz combined to go 8-for-16 on field goals in the 2021 season.

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