JUCO kicker visiting Lincoln

JUCO kicker visiting Lincoln


Nebraska has a weekend visitor from top-rated JUCO kicker Jamie Sutcliffe.

The Huskers have two scholarship kickers on the roster in sophomore Drew Brown and senior Mauro Bondi, along with junior walk-on Spencer Lindsay of Kearney.

Brown won a close place-kicking competition over Bondi in fall camp last year and held the job all season. He went 14-of-21 in his first year as a Husker, going 12-of-14 inside 39 yards. He was 2-of-7 from 40 and beyond.

Brown had 14 touchbacks on 47 kickoffs. Bondi, who missed some of last season after a motorcycle accident, had 15 touchbacks on 34 kickoffs.

Sutcliffe has a walk-on offer from Nebraska. He has scholarship opportunities from Indiana State and Alabama State, as well as some interest from Missouri. He has been kicking at Pierce College in Los Angeles after spending a year at Utah.

Here's his profile on the Chris Sailer Kicking site.

"A bounce back from Utah, now a top national junior college kicker," writes Sailer. "Field goals and kickoffs are both D1 ready right now. Does very well under pressure. Has the perfect attitude and work ethic. Is going to have a fine college career."

On Signing Day, when the Huskers added scholarship long-snapper Jordan Ober to the team, Mike Riley stated his want to fuel as much competition as possible on his special teams units, which are led by Bruce Read.

"Just two years ago we had a walk-on punter beat out our scholarship punter. As soon as we start practicing it’s a land of opportunity," Riley said. "You’ve got to win your job. But I think those positions are so important to you. And I’ve got the best evaluator of specialists out of anybody. His track record on doing this is outstanding."


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