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Kearney kicker Heins to walk on with Huskers

December 28, 2018

Kearney senior Gabe Heins became the 15th known member of Nebraska’s walk-on class Thursday morning.

“Ever since I can remember I have been going to (Nebraska) games, watching them on television and listening to them on the radio,” Heins said. “It’s in my blood, and I love Nebraska football.”

Heins continues the tradition of Bearcat kickers playing for Nebraska. Most notably, Brett Maher — now a kicker for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys — played at Kearney.

The 6-foot, 165-pound kicker was 5 of 8 on field goals with a long of 44 yards, and 32 of 34 kicking extra points his senior season for the Bearcats.

He chose Nebraska over FCS school Drake and multiple Division II schools, along with interest from Kansas State, South Dakota State, UNK, Chadron State and Northwest Missouri State.

Heins is the second kicker to commit to Nebraska as a walk-on, joining Lincoln Southwest senior Dylan Jorgensen.

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