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There will be a kicker battle at Nebraska in 2020.
It’s no secret that kicking was an adventure for the Huskers in 2019. Six different kickers attempted field goals for the team. The week-to-week kicking situation for most of the year can best be described as fluid. There was a combination of circumstances that led to Nebraska having quite a strange season at the position. With that, it was a solid bet that the Huskers would look to bring more competition into the kicking room.
On Monday, Iowa Western kicker Chase Contreraz announced that he is accepting a preferred walk-on spot with Nebraska.
After Friday’s visit I’m very honored and excited to announce that I am officially Committed to the University of Nebraska‼️
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— Chase Contreraz (@chase_contreraz) December 2, 2019
Contreraz detailed why he decided to take the opportunity on Sunday evening ahead of his announcement.
“I’ve wanted to be a Husker my whole life,” he said. “There was never a moment where I thought I couldn’t make it there. I’ve always had that gut feeling that it was my destiny to play for Nebraska and with this year’s kicking situation both for myself and the Huskers, I couldn’t be more sure of that feeling.”
The reason why the kicker always wanted to be a Husker is pretty simple: he has a family full of Husker fans. They were very excited for his decision. His dad was very emotional when he found out that Nebraska even offered him a chance to be on the team.
The story of how the kicker got his offer from Nebraska is interesting. A few times this season, junior colleges stopped through Lincoln to hold practices on the way to games. When the Reivers were going to Dodge City, Kansas, they practiced in Lincoln. While in Lincoln, Contreraz expressed interest in transferring after this semester.
He kept in contact with special teams quality control coach Zach Crespo while updating his Hudl highlights weekly. The relationship with Nebraska grew from there.
Contreraz will join the Huskers next month in time for winter conditioning. He has three years to play two seasons. Coach Scott Frost did announce recently that Matt Waldoch was asked to stay with the team next season. It looks like kicker will be an interesting spring football storyline this year.
>> Huskers wide receiver/running back commit Will Nixon picked up a big honor on Monday.
— Waco Midway Football (@MidwayFB) December 2, 2019
>> Huskers defensive tackle target Alex Harrison included Nebraska in his top five. He took an official visit to Lincoln for the Northwestern game.
— Alex (Al)Harrison (@BigAlHarrison1) December 2, 2019
>> Huskers defensive back commit Ronald Delancy III post his stats from his senior season. He put together quite the season down in Florida.
>> Outside linebacker target Regen Terry has committed to the in-state Wildcats.
— 🐕 (@RegenTerry_7) December 2, 2019
>> We have a running tracker (Premium) of what Nebraska is up to during Week 1 of the recruiting contact period.
>> Derek Peterson’s weekly column dives into getting the job done on the edge, Dedrick Mills’ role, the Oscars and more.
>> Three Huskers will play in the annual East-West Shrine Bowl.
>> No. 6 Nebraska is ready to trust its training ahead of the NCAA Tournament, writes Jacob Padilla.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.