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Nebraska Football

Nebraska Adds Australian Punter Daniel Cerni

May 11, 2020
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Nebraska football will have a new punter aboard for 2020 and he's from abroad. Daniel Cerni, a native of Australia, tweeted Monday that he is joining the Huskers.

Cerni represents Nebraska's first entry into the Australian punter market, a market that has been booming of late. Last year's Ray Guy Award winner, Kentucky's Max Duffy, was the fifth Australian to win college football's top punting honor since 2013. 

Like Duffy and the previous winners from Australia, Cerni trained at Prokick Australia. Founded in 2007 to "help guide and transition Australian athletes to perform at the College (and) NFL level," Prokick Australia has, according to its website, helped produce 17 All-Americans while helping 75 players earn scholarships or professional contracts.

Nebraska’s new special teams analyst, Jonathan Rutledge, also coached a Prokick product during the past two seasons at Auburn. Tigers punter Arryn Siposs ranked sixth in the SEC at 43.84 yards per punt.

The Huskers currently list two punters on the roster, both walk-ons. Sophomore Will Przystup, a Michigan State transfer, appeared in eight games last year as a kickoff specialist. Freshman Grant Detlefsen, an all-state selection at Lincoln Southeast in 2018, redshirted last season.

Isaac Armstrong handled all of the Huskers' punting duties in 2019, averaging 40.86 yards on 4.9 punts per game. Nebraska ranked 87th nationally in yards per punt but 42nd in net yards (39.42) thanks to a coverage unit that ranked seventh nationally at 2.27 yards per return.

The addition of Cerni leaves Nebraska with one open scholarship for the 2020 class.

 
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