Brown, who hit on 14-of-21 field goals in 2014, has been impressive – looking more accurate and boasting a stronger leg than from a year ago. It took only a few practices to see the improvement by the former Texas prep.
“Drew has really come on the last week, he’s been very impressive. It’s been nice,” said special teams coach Bruce Read. “He had a really nice scrimmage the other day – he hit the ball very clean. I think there is a very nice operation and chemistry between (Jordan) Ober, (Sam) Foltz, and him. I like the way it’s going.”
A junior college transfer, Sutcliffe does have a chance to be the Huskers’ kickoff specialist. According to Read, the two are “neck-and-neck” in the category. The only thing that might hold Sutcliffe back is Brown’s ability to place the ball more accurately on designed kickoffs.
“Drew seems to be a little more polished at this time. But we are really looking at both kids,” said Read. “Hopefully we will be able to figure out who’s the guy before it’s all said and done. Travel might have something to do with it. “
Last season, Brown’s 7.8 points per game ranked seventh in the Big Ten and fourth among kickers.
The brother of former Nebraska kicker Kris Brown, Drew received some tips from his big bro during one of the Huskers’ practices earlier in fall camp.
While not up to Nebraska standards over the last decade, Brown’s 2014 season was a success if grading on a true freshman curve.
Expect him to be a solid option for the Huskers in 2015.