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Major/Minor: Construction Management
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
Class Year/Graduation: December 2010
Alex Henery will be missed around UNL: by those in the roaring stands of Memorial Stadium and in the humble corridors of Nebraska Hall, where he studied Construction Management with UNL’s Durham School and graduated in December 2010.
BIG OPPORTUNITIES: Henery’s achievements as the Huskers’ clutch kicker are points of pride in the Husker Nation—almost in inverse proportion to his mellow demeanor. During the 2010 game versus Idaho, he became the fifth player in school history to exceed 300 career points. Who can forget his 57-yard field goal versus Colorado in 2008, or his five field goals at Virginia Tech in 2009 (a day which also included a 76-yard punt)? From 2007 onward, he has made 17 consecutive field goals (and counting).
BIG TEAMWORK: The son of Guy and Mary Henery, he grew up playing soccer and added his leg-snap talents to Omaha’s Burke High School football program. He was a redshirt freshman with the Huskers in 2006; in 2010 he was named to Nebraska’s Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his community outreach work, including hospital visits, the Omaha Heart Walk, School is Cool and other programs inspiring young people.
BIG ASPIRATIONS: In his time away from the team, Henery has also worked at local golf courses—revealing his enjoyment of a sport that’s as quiet as he is. He has also found satisfaction in his UNL coursework; early on, Construction Management captured his interest.
“I realized that it was what I like to do: to be able to plan and manage a site, and then when you complete your tasks … you have a real building that represents the work that you have done.”