Husker punter Caleb Lightbourn named Big Ten freshman of the week

Nebraska punter Caleb Lightbourn was honored by the Big Ten for his performance against Oregon.

The conference named Lightbourn its freshman of the week after he averaged 47.2 yards per attempt on five punts Saturday. He also downed his final three inside the 20-yard line.

That average was the best of his young career, and he boomed a 58-yarder in the fourth quarter with NU trying to stay within one score of the Ducks.

“I thought he just got better as the game went on,” Mike Riley said after the game. “I think everybody got a glimpse of the ability of Caleb today.”

Lightbourn, who was thrust into duty after the death of Sam Foltz, averaged 34.1 yards per punt through the first two games. He also had an improvised fake punt that failed to pick up a first down against Wyoming.

“It was one of those things where I knew I needed to have a good game, and all the dots connected today,” Lightbourn said Saturday. “I just focused on doing my job and doing it well, and we came out with the win.”