Nebraska punter getting looks out west

Sean Douglas is a 6-1, 195-pound kicking prospect from Bellevue (Neb.) East and Douglas is arguably the best pure kicker in the heartland. With nearly a 42-yard average as a senior, Douglas is racking up accolades left and right, and while recruiting can be slower business for kickers than at other positions, things look to be heating up for Sean in January, when he has four official visits scheduled. One of them is to the University of Washington.

"I'm a two-step kicker," Sean told "I was all-state this year by the Omaha World Herald and All-Metro League as a punter." In 2001, Douglas was 3-4 coverting field goals and in 2002 his stats flew off the charts in comparison - 9-13 converting field goals with a long of 45. He was 15-16 in extra point tries. And he also carried a 41.6 yard average on 37 punts this year for Bellevue. And he did all of this also playing safety full time.

Physically, Sean runs a 5.3 40, benches 225 pounds, squats 300 pounds and has a 26.6-inch vertical leap.

Sean credits a lot of his kicking prowess to the work he's put in during the off-season. "I've been to the Ray and Rob Pelfry kicking camp the last four years," he said. "And this last summer I went to nine camps." Besides the Pelfry camp, he also went to camps at Notre Dame, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska and Kansas State. "The Kansas State camp was the only one that really had competitions. They had 5 different ones - for accuracy, length and so on. I won 3 of the 5 competitions they had."

He kicked a 60-yard field goal at the Iowa State camp.

The camp at South Bend may have been the fiercest in terms of competition. "That camp went for two days and they had around 150 guys there," Sean said. "They singled around 10 guys out that they liked." Douglas was one of the ten. During the camping circuit, Sean met another kicker and the two got to know each other pretty well. "I know Michael Braunstein from a couple of the camps (Colorado and Michigan). I like him. It's nice that if I do go to a place like Washington that there will be someone else there that I know."

The schools in his home state are the ones showing the most interest in terms of scholarship offers. "Nebraska-Omaha is the only one to offer me a scholarship so far," Sean said. "But everything is open to me right now. I want to see who does what." Washington (1/10), Nebraska (1/31), Kansas (1/17) and Nebraska-Omaha (1/24) are the visits Douglas has set up in January. "Nebraska told me to call them after my trip to Washington to find out how it went." He's already taken two unofficial visits to Lincoln this fall, to see the Cornhuskers take on McNeese State and Texas.

Chuck Heater is now taking over the recruitment of Sean, now that Bobby Hauck is set to take over the head coaching position at the University of Montana when the Sun Bowl is over.

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