Construction management alums Behning, Henery chosen to Nebraska Football Hall of Fame

Construction management alums Behning, Henery chosen to Nebraska Football Hall of Fame

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Construction management alumni Mark Behning (left) and Alex Henery have been chosen to be part of the 2019 induction class for the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.
Construction management alumni Mark Behning (left) and Alex Henery have been chosen to be part of the 2019 induction class for the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.

Two College of Engineering alumni – Mark Behning and Alex Henery – are among the six chosen to be part of the 2019 induction class for the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.

Henery, a construction management graduate and an Omaha, Nebraska, native ended his four-year career at Nebraska as one of the most accurate kickers in college football history. He connected on an NCAA-record 88.9 percent (68 of 76) field goal attempts from 2007-10 and was good on 193 of 194 career point-after-touchdown tries.

He is best-known for setting the school and Memorial Stadium record with a 57-yard field goal against Colorado in 2008. The kick gave Nebraska a 33-31 lead with less than two minutes to play. A few seconds later, Ndamukong Suh, also a construction management alum, capped the Huskers’ fourth-quarter comeback with a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown, giving Nebraska a 40-31 victory.

Henery’s 397 career points is a Nebraska school record. As a senior, he was a first-team All-American and was chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played four years in the NFL for the Eagles and Detroit Lions.

Currently, Henery lives in Omaha and is a project manager for Tetrad Property Group. He and his wife, Johna, have a son, Landen.

Behning, also a construction management graduate, was a starter at left tackle from 1982-84 and was first-team All-Big Eight selection in 1984. Clearing the way for stars like running backs Mike Rozier and Roger Craig, quarterback Turner Gill and wingback Irving Fryar, Behning and the Nebraska offensive line cleared the way for a Husker offense that led the nation in scoring and rushing yards in both 1982 and 1983.

In Behning’s three years as a starter, Nebraska finished no lower than fourth in the final Associated Press rankings.

Behning was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 1985 NFL Draft. He returned to Nebraska after the 1987 season to complete his degree. He later spent 11 years as a teacher and coach at Denton (Texas) High School. Today, he is a senior project manager with Golden Sands General Contractors in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife have four children and four grandchildren.