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Nebraska Cornhuskers place kicker Connor Culp backs up ready to kick
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Nebraska Kicker Connor Culp Working on Details After Kicker of the Year Season

April 21, 2021

The 2020 season was an eventful one for Nebraska kicker Connor Culp.

He settled a position for Nebraska that had been rocky under Coach Scott Frost. Before Culp arrived, the Huskers had six different kickers attempt field goals in the 2019 season. When Culp arrived on the scene, he went 13-of-15 on field goals and made nine straight kicks at one point.

He did well enough to earn 2020 All-Big Ten First Team by both league media and coaches. He was also named the Big Ten’s Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year. Culp met with media on Wednesday after practice, discussing what winning those awards meant to him.

“It’s obviously very humbling,” Culp said. “But that’s in the past now. I’m definitely looking forward to this season and just taking it one kick at a time.”

Culp was decisive in his decision to return to Nebraska for an extra year. He jumped at the opportunity to use the bonus year because of the impact of COVID-19. When he didn’t take part in senior day activities last fall, that was a good sign that he’d be back.

He’s relishing the opportunity to play at Memorial Stadium this year.

“Oh, it’s awesome, Culp said. “I’d love to have another opportunity to play in front of fans again. Also, it doesn’t hurt too bad staying in college for another year, either. So I’m really excited for this year.”

The kicker was fired up to be out on the field in front of fans last weekend even if it was a few thousand fans. He didn’t take part in that practice because of a minor tweak but he was back in action during Wednesday’s practice. Even though Culp doesn’t let the noise bother his kicking he does prefer having that atmosphere. He believes the noise helps him focus in on his job more.

This spring Culp and his specialist teammates are being led by a different coach than last year. Outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson is coordinating the unit. Analyst Bill Busch also has a heavy role in coaching the unit as well. There has been an increased focus on special teams by Nebraska. Many players and coaches have spoken about it this spring.

“Well, I know we’ve been working real hard this spring on all phases of special teams,” Culp said. “Coach Dawson’s done a great job and Coach Busch as well. He used to be at LSU when I was there. He’s helping him out too. It’s been really great so far this spring with special teams.”

After a successful first season Culp is still looking to get better. He’s a veteran player who has been through several spring practices before. He knows that this spring is about mastering the little things. Hitting the ball more consistently heading into the 2021 campaign is important too.

“Spring is basically a time to really reflect back on technique,” Culp said. “Maybe minor details or things I can change that could help myself out. I’m kind of to the point in my career right now I’ve already mastered my own technique.

“There are always still little areas to improve and try now because you have time to work on it and not have to take into a real game.”

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