Kicker in Western Nebraska making waves

Nebraska gave a kicker from North Platte (Nebr.) a look last year, will they again this year? Well, when you review stats, records, and the athleticism of this North Platte kicker you have to ask yourself -- why not? He is the total package, but will be get a shot?

Last year Nebraska gave Jordan Alegria a shot from North Platte (Nebr.). This year there is another kicker from St. Patrick's in North Platte that has assembled quite the resume and may be too much for college teams to ignore.

Head Coach Kevin Dodson had some very positive words to say about Blake Brown, 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, when it came to football and being a great athlete overall.

"He just a great athlete. He was a state qualifier wrestler twice in 140 and 160 lb. classes the past two years. He throws the discus and qualified for state track in the discus his sophomore year and 4x800m and 800m his junior year," Coach Dodson said.

Oh yeah, he's a pretty good kicker too. I was tipped off about Brown after he kicked a 53 yard field goal a week or so ago. "I am confident sending him out there for a 53 yard field goal. His only miss was a 62 yard field goal and he barely missed it. He hits them regularly from 60 in practice."

Beyond starring as the kicker for St. Patrick's he is also the team's starting running back and starting cornerback. His coach believes that had Brown attempted the 62 yarder earlier in the game he would have made it that night.

Brown simply just doesn't leave the field for St. Patrick's. "I am also do the punt and kickoff duties and am the punt and kickoff returner," Brown said. "Almost all of my kickoffs go into the endzone."

Some argue though that recruiting high school kickers is a hit and miss science. Personally, I don't know a lot about field goal kicking, but I do understand that there is a difference between kicking field goals with and without a pad.

"I believe that he only uses a one-inch pad. I was told by some people this summer at a camp in Omaha that he was keeping pace with the professional field goal kicker that was there. They were both not using a tee," Coach Dodson said.

"At the camp at UNO I matched the professional kick for kick," Brown said. "Without a pad I can kick field goals pretty decently."

Blake has been rolling up the honors at St. Patrick's where he has kicked for the varsity team now for four years. I was all-state one year and all-district all three years. I also have the state playoff record for the longest field goal game."

Since attending camp this summer he has started to pick up some pretty serious division one interest. He has heard from Nebraska, Stanford, Colorado, Illinois, and Iowa State. He has also picked up recruiting interest from Nebraska-Kearney.

The bottom line here is that Brown grew up a Husker fan and would like to get that shot to go there and kick. "I grew up and still am a Husker fan. I haven't talked to anyone from Lincoln though."

Things could be changing soon for Brown as he continues to impress this season with about a 95% touchback percentage and being 5 of 6 with the long of 53 yards and his only miss from 62 yards. Big Red Report will stay in touch with Brown to see how the season goes.

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