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Player: Adi Kunalic

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Position: Kicker

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 178

40 time:4.8

Visit Date:

Scholarships offered: Nebraska, Utah, Wash. St.

Favorites: Committed to Nebraska

Rivals: #9/ :star:star

Bid Red Report:NR/

 

Assessing the talent:

 

Odds of becoming a Cornhusker: 100%

 

Adi Kunalic

K 6-0 175 Fort Worth, Texas - North Crowley HS

“It is a great football program and it is not as far from home. I’m ready to play football and Nebraska will be perfect.”

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This is interesting. Last year I thought we were sitting pretty well at kicker. Now I feel like we need a little more leg strength because Congdon is no good from 40+ yards. Although he is pretty reliable from there in.

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I found this partial evaluation of him on Yahoo:

 

Kunalic is all leg and no mechanics. Right now he appears to be an athlete playing another position who is trying to develop as a kicker

 

Not able to find his season stats yet but I like this:

 

Kunalic was 3-for-3 on the season when kicking field goals of more than 50 yards.

 

In their playoff loss he kicked a 57 yarder!!

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remember thy kick off of a tee in high school, and off of the ground in college and the pros. so a 57 yarder in HS might be a little misleading on leg strength. still has to be pretty strong to get it that far though

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This is interesting. Last year I thought we were sitting pretty well at kicker. Now I feel like we need a little more leg strength because Congdon is no good from 40+ yards. Although he is pretty reliable from there in.

Man I couldnt agree more.

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That is great to hear. Competition breeds success. We have competition at nearly every position on the field. Now we have it at kicker as well. It can only signify great things for the future.

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Welcome to Husker Nation Adi I look forward to all the announcers mispronouncing your name throughout your career like they do Purify,McKeon,etc...... :thumbs

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That's good news! If Congdon doesn't increase his leg strength in the off season then Kunalic may see action next year for the longer FGs. Otherwise he'll probably red-shirt and work on getting stronger himself. Imagine having a guy that can kick at 57 yarder!!

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Now maybe we can get it to the end zone every time we kick off and kick field goals beyong 40 yards.

 

Maybe congdon will get better too!

In the past two games most of the kicks have gone into the endzone actually

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Now maybe we can get it to the end zone every time we kick off and kick field goals beyong 40 yards.

 

Maybe congdon will get better too!

In the past two games most of the kicks have gone into the endzone actually

That's because Wesch has been doing the kickoffs

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Sounds like this kid has a leg and has kicked field goals over 50 yards. We need this going forward. It may also make Congdon work harder!

 

 

If Congdon makes everything inside of 45, I am happy. Not many kickers can make anything beyond that with much consistency. If the new guy can convert some of the stalled drives into 3 points, then that is awesome. Consequently, the Huskers have been pretty much money when going for it on 4th down this season.

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Sounds like this kid has a leg and has kicked field goals over 50 yards. We need this going forward. It may also make Congdon work harder!

 

 

If Congdon makes everything inside of 45, I am happy. Not many kickers can make anything beyond that with much consistency. If the new guy can convert some of the stalled drives into 3 points, then that is awesome. Consequently, the Huskers have been pretty much money when going for it on 4th down this season.

Something like 67%

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What is this in the Nebraska Press Guide that says Congdon kicked a 53-yarder in HC and also kicked 85% of his kickoffs in the endzone? Yeah right!!! :dunno

 

he did. but you have to remember, as someone else pointed out earlier, they dont use kicking tees in college anymore. that affects most kickers accuracy and distance.

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Muck Fiami,

 

Or should I say Miami's version of the (2002) Cornhuskers. :box

 

Adi, the weather sucks here, but you are needed son. :bonez

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He just became that more important with Congdon's organ donor surgery.

 

 

What? Are you serious? Who and when?

 

He is giving part of his kidney to his uncle. Not for sure when his surgey is but the recovery time is set from anywhere from 6 months to 1 year.

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He just became that more important with Congdon's organ donor surgery.

 

 

What? Are you serious? Who and when?

 

He is giving part of his kidney to his uncle. Not for sure when his surgey is but the recovery time is set from anywhere from 6 months to 1 year.

Actually it is part of his liver...fyi.

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well if NU scores as many TD's in the redzone next year as they did this year, he might not get that many FG opportunities.

 

now he just might get a lot of kickoffs and lets hope that he can kick the ball into and out of the endzone

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He just became that more important with Congdon's organ donor surgery.

 

 

What? Are you serious? Who and when?

 

He is giving part of his kidney to his uncle. Not for sure when his surgey is but the recovery time is set from anywhere from 6 months to 1 year.

Actually it is part of his liver...fyi.

haha. Yea. A chunk of a kidney won't really do much good to anyone :)

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http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=38&u_sid=2309307

 

January 7, 2007

 

Recruit says he will give Huskers a leg up

 

BY MITCH SHERMAN

 

 

 

 

WORLD-HERALD BUREAU

 

 

LINCOLN - Nebraska recruit Adi Kunalic was in the stands last week at the Cotton Bowl when the Huskers passed on a 47-yard field-goal attempt in the final minute of their 17-14 loss to Auburn.

 

Kunalic has a good idea of what might have happened if he'd been on the field.

 

"We would have attempted that field goal," said Kunalic, a strong-legged place-kicking senior at North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, Texas. "I'm not going to say I would have made it for sure, but I definitely could have tried it."

 

As the Nebraska football team aims to upgrade its special teams in this offseason, Kunalic gives the Huskers a reason for hope. He kicked four field goals of 50 yards or beyond, including a 57-yarder, in high school.

 

NU kicker Jordan Congdon, though accurate in two seasons (24 of 30 on field goals), owns a career long of 41 yards. His longest attempt is 42. Congdon left school at Nebraska this spring for family reasons, and his future in Lincoln is uncertain.

 

"I have a lot of respect for him," Kunalic said. "He did his job well. And if he's there to compete with me, that's fine. I'm not coming in there to take anyone's job or with an attitude. I just want to compete."

 

That said, Kunalic considers a 47-yard kick as "medium range." He was also surprised to see in person the Huskers' lack of distance on kickoffs in the Cotton Bowl. NU failed to kick a touchback on 65 of 77 kickoffs this year, including all three against Auburn.

 

"I definitely see myself kicking off next year," Kunalic said. "I'm hoping to be able to do everything."

 

NU began its pursuit of Kunalic shortly after it was unable to attempt a 58-yarder that, if successful, would have beaten Texas on Oct. 21.

 

Kunalic committed Nov. 12. Then in December, he fended off an offer from Miami.

 

The Hurricanes came after him following the promotion of Randy Shannon to head coach. Miami's Jason Fox, a freshman offensive lineman and former high school teammate of the kicker, tried to convince Kunalic to make a visit to the school.

 

"I was happy that they offered me," he said, "and if they had come at me earlier, I might have (visited). But like I told them, I'm committed to Nebraska. I think Nebraska has a brighter future than Miami does right now."

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Oh thank god!!! I was worried there for a little bit.....now let's just get this kid to signing day and get him kicking some field goals for us. Could be a great improvement over Jordan :woo

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:thumbs This takes some pressure off of us. After Jordan left we obviously needed someone immediately and this guy has a huge leg. We will be able to kick field goals past the 40 now!!!

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Adi Kunalic

K 6-0 175 Fort Worth, Texas - North Crowley HS

“It is a great football program and it is not as far from home. I’m ready to play football and Nebraska will be perfect.”

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now if the offense bogs down outside the 30 yard line maybe NU will kick some fieldgoals

 

that is a very big IF..... I like to think next year will be a special year for the offense.

 

but it will be nice to have the option to kick a bomb if time is running out.

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Texas recruit gears up to kick for Huskers

 

By: Katelyn Kerkhove

Issue date: 4/24/07 Section: Husker Football

 

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If there is one thing Adi Kunalic will definitely bring to Nebraska this fall, it's work ethic.

 

Still a senior at North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, Texas, Kunalic is a kicker who has his sights set on a big role for the Cornhusker football team.

 

He knows it's going to take a lot of dedication.

 

The incoming recruit started by working out four days a week, carrying a bag of balls to the practice field by his high school and kicking field goals. It's something Kunalic's high school coach, Mike Papas, is used to by now.

 

"Because he's a kicker, we would just give him a bag of balls and say, 'Go kick and come back in a couple hours,' and he would," Papas said. "He takes a lot of care in what he's doing. Right now, he is kicking about four days a week and doing weights and running.

 

"For a kid that's not even going to school for the next couple months, I think that shows some commitment."

 

The only kicker in the Huskers' 2007 recruiting class, Kunalic comes to NU after turning down offers from schools like Miami, Kansas, Washington State and Utah. During his senior year, he averaged nearly 40 yards on 46 punts, and his junior year he was 7-of-9 on field goal attempts.

 

To Kunalic, it's his junior year that stands out.

 

"I was always hanging out with the older people; the seniors from last year were my friends," he said. "We had unity on the team, and that's something we lacked this year. We won district; pretty much went undefeated. I got to set a few records, and I got better throughout the year. I'll definitely remember junior year."

 

But Papas will remember Kunalic for his final two high school years. Even after straining his knee, the six-foot senior learned to punt after North Crowley graduated its punter from the year before.

 

"He was probably our best weapon, our best defensive weapon, because he kicked off 64 times, and people only attempted returns 10 times," Papas said. "That's a tremendous weapon -exactly what you want. We've had some pretty good kickers here in the past, but one that becomes a defensive weapon is really special."

 

Kunalic said he was impressed by more than just Nebraska's coaching staff, facilities and team during the recruiting process.

 

It was the tradition and fan base the Huskers have constantly boasted that stuck with him.

 

He traveled to Lincoln for the spring game on April 14 and was shocked and nervous when fans shouted his name because they recognized his face."I already knew it was a big school, and coming out there just made me realize how big the tradition was," Kunalic said. "I really liked everything - it's Husker Nation. It's exciting to play for a team that the whole state is cheering for."

 

While he knows he'll have his work cut out for him once he moves to Lincoln this summer, Kunalic said he's anticipating the challenge.

 

"Hopefully, I'll be kicking my first year," Kunalic said. "That's what they want me to do. Coach (Shawn) Watson told me that. He called me after the spring game and said, 'We really need you,' and I was like 'I'm getting ready right now.' I definitely want to play, but it's all about who's kicking the best."

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