Huskers add key 2011 walk-on

Big Red Report found earlier in the week that a key college transfer would really boost the 2011 walk-on squad. This player made quite the impact at the Division II level this past season by leading his team in points as a red shirt freshman. Who is this key transfer for Nebraska?

Former Columbus (Nebr.) High School and now former Chadron State (Nebr.) kicker Michael Ziola will be part of the 2011 walk on class he confirmed to Big Red Report today.

"I just got admitted to the University of Nebraska," Ziola said. "Now I am going to sign up for classes to see if I can get there to workout with the team this summer."

Regardless of whether or not Ziola can make it to work out with the team starting in June he will have to wait a year because of the transfer.

"I spoke with Coach Jeff Jamrog earlier this week about all of it. He said that it would be best to try and make it here this summer. If not, he said that I should be 100% ready to come in and try and impress Coach Bo Pelini and John Papuchis this fall."

Ziola was a 2009 graduate from Columbus High where he played quarterback and was a first team all-district selection. Ziola also punted averaging 36.1 yards per punt and as a kicker was three of six on field goal tries and was 24 of 27 on PATs. As a junior he kicked a state record 13 of 13 field goals.

As a redshirt freshman at Chadron State Ziola led the team in scoring with 93 points and was 18 of 22 in field goals and 39 of 39 in PATs. Ziola made on 81.8 of his field goal tries going 11 of 11 between 20-29 yards, two of three between 30 and 39 yards and five of eight between 40-49 yards. His long was 46 yards.

Ziola also did kick off duties with 65 kickoffs for 3884 yards, an average of 59.8 yards per kickoff with five touchbacks.


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