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Eagles Draft NCAA's All-Time Most Accurate Kicker

After walking on to the Cornhuskers as a freshman, Henery finished his college career four-years later as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, connecting on 68-of-76 field goals for a .895 percentage.

With David Akers unsigned after the team designated him with their transition tag, Henery, who handled both punting and kicking duties at Nebraska, covers the Eagles' bases in case Akers decides to leave for, ahem, greener acres.

"He's a very good kicker," Henery said, referring to Akers. "(I'm) not coming into to replace him, (I'm) coming in to do my job this upcoming year is really how I look at it. It's not, 'Go in and replace someone.' This is the way it was once I was at Nebraska. There have been some good kickers. I wasn't trying to go in and be like them. I was going in to be myself and help the team anyway I could this year."

Oh, he helped - he was 18-for-19 in field-goal attempts as a senior; his only miss was was a 51-yard attempt that was blocked. Furthermore, out of 69 punts last season, he planted 26 of them inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Clearly, Henery excels at both sides of the kicking game.

"It's definitely two different things," Henery said. "I compare it to golf: Hitting your driver and hitting your pitching wedge – two different things, nothing really comparable. So you really have to make sure you're focused in and out on what you're doing and at that point of the game."

Henery had a soccer scholarship to Creighton, but chose to attend Nebraska instead. After making the team as a walk-on, Henery kicked field goals for four years and punted for the last two. For the Eagles, though, Henery expects to primarily focus on kicking field goals.

After meeting with special teams coordinator Bobby April during his pre-draft workout, Henery was excited to learn that he would be coming to Philadelphia and cannot wait to get with his new teammates.

"I just will need to get with my holder and snapper," Henery said. "The thing is all about just getting your timing right. In college, you have to adjust to different guys. But I don't see (it being) too much different. Every kick is the same pretty much. You just go out there, hit the next kick and know it's not the last one. You just approach every one with a different mindset."

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