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Huskers give North Carolina punter Ben Kiernan his first scholarship offer

November 13, 2018

Nebraska’s recruiting push for its 2019 class now includes an offer to a punter.

Kicker/punter Ben Kiernan — from Wakefield High School in Raleigh, North Carolina — announced the offer on social media Sunday night. He’s rated the No. 13 punter in the nation according to Chris Sailer Kicking.

Nebraska is the first known offer for Kiernan according to his website profile on 247Sports. He also has drawn a preferred walk-on offer from Penn State and interest from North Carolina.

Nebraska began its season with scholarship junior Caleb Lightbourn handling punts and kickoffs before he lost the punting job to junior walk-on Isaac Armstrong after three games. Placekicker Barret Pickering replaced Lightbourn on kickoffs last week against Minnesota.

Lightbourn had been Nebraska’s starting punter since the beginning of the 2016 season but has struggled this season to directionally kick away from returners while keeping the ball in bounds. He allowed punt-return touchdowns against Troy and Michigan and fell down during a punt try against Purdue.

Asked last month why Lightbourn lost the punting job, Nebraska coach Scott Frost was to the point: “Isaac punted it where he was supposed to punt it.”​

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