2014 Outlook Redshirt freshman Grant Schumacher will be among the candidates to replace Pat Smith as the starting place-kicker for Nebraska in 2014. The walk-on from Lincoln Pius X High School redshirted last season and performed well during spring ball. He will compete with junior Mauro Bondi, sophomore Spencer Lindsay and incoming freshman Drew Brown for kicking duties.
2013 (Redshirt) Schumacher sat out his first season at Nebraska as a redshirt.
Before Nebraska (Pius X) Schumacher was one of the top place-kickers in the state of Nebraska, and was a talented multi-sport athlete for the Thunderbolts. Schumacher connected on 10-of-13 field goals and all 30 PAT attempts as a senior for Coach Tim Aylward’s team. Schumacher also averaged better than 40 yards per punt and saw action at receiver and defensive back. Schumacher was chosen as the second-team Super State place-kicker by the Lincoln Journal Star and was an honorable-mention All-Nebraska choice by the Omaha World-Herald. Schumacher also earned honorable-mention accolades from both the Journal Star and World-Herald as a junior. Schumacher was also a key member of the Bolts’ basketball team and one of Pius’ top golfers.
Personal Schumacher is the son of Jeff and Laura Schumacher and was born on Feb. 23, 1995. Schumacher has not declared a major, but was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor during the fall of 2013. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline and team hospital visits.