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#97 Dan Titchener
Position: Punter
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
Year: Redshirt Freshman
City/State: Cheyenne, Wyo.
High School: East
Experience: High School

Honors & Awards

  • Three-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2006, 2007, 2008)
  • First-Team ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII (2008)
  • 2007 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches)
  • Three-Time Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Five-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Four-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

2008 (Senior)
Dan Titchener handled Nebraska’s punting chores for the third consecutive season in 2008. The Wyoming native was a solid performer throughout his career and excelled at pinning opponents deep in their own territory. Titchener placed 55 career punts inside the opposition’s 20-yard line, enhancing Nebraska’s field position.

As a senior, Titchener averaged 39.3 yards on 42 punts and placed 13 punts inside the 20-yard line. Titchener was at his best in the second half of the season, averaging better than 43 yards per punt in the final five regular-season games. He tied his career best with a 58-yard punt at Oklahoma, and allowed Big 12 opponents just 38 return yards in eight games, the third-fewest punt return yards in the Big 12.

Titchener also continued his academic success during his senior season. The accounting major earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors for the third straight season and was also a first-team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District pick.

2007 (Junior)
Titchener held down the starting punting job for the second straight year and averaged 41.3 yards on 49 punts. Titchener averaged 41.8 yards or more in seven of 12 games, and had at least one punt of 44 yards or more in 10 games. He placed 16 of his punts inside the 20-yard line, including five games with two or more downed inside the 20-yard line.

Titchener had a career-best 45.0-yard average on five punts at Wake Forest, including three downed inside the 20. He dropped a season-high four punts inside the 20-yard line at Texas, when he averaged 42.6 yards per boot. Titchener’s performance earned him honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades from the league coaches.

2006 (Sophomore)
Titchener entered 2006 in the difficult spot of replacing former Husker and current Baltimore Raven Sam Koch, who set the school record for punting average in 2005. Titchener responded by helping NU rank 24th nationally in net punting.

Titchener’s punts pinned the opposition inside the 20-yard line 26 times, and he also forced 28 fair catches. On the season, he compiled a 39.3-yard average on 68 punts, with five punts of more than 50 yards, including a career-long 58-yarder at Oklahoma State. Titchener averaged at least 40 yards per punt eight times in 2006.

In the Big 12 title game against Oklahoma, Titchener set a conference title-game record with six punts inside the 20. He placed at least three kicks inside the 20 on three other occasions—Kansas (3), Kansas State (4) and Texas (4). He allowed just 18 of his punts to be returned for a total of 73 yards.

2005 (Redshirt Freshman)
Titchener served as a backup, but did not play in a game.

2004 (Redshirt)
A walk-on, Titchener redshirted and backed up Sam Koch at punter.

Before Nebraska (Cheyenne East HS)
Titchener attended Cheyenne East High School, where he played for Coach John Schroff. He played tight end, defensive end and punter for his high school. He was rewarded for his efforts on defense and special teams, earning honorable-mention All-America honors from USA Today as a senior. He was an all-state selection as a punter in both his junior and senior seasons. He added all-state recognition as a defensive lineman as a senior in 2003, when he helped Cheyenne East to the conference title. He was also involved in the National Honor Society and served as an Eagle Scout.

Personal
The son of Mark and Jaci Titchener, Dan was born on Jan. 24, 1986, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Titchener is majoring in accounting and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of his eight semesters. Titchener has earned his selection to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team by volunteering with local hospital visits, the Dads of Kids with Disabilities program, Boy Scouts, Lincoln Public Schools and at the Village Manor Retirement Center.

Titchener's Career Statistics

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Year

G/GS

No.

Yards

Avg.

Opp.20

Long

2004

 

 

Redshirt

 

 

 

2005

0/0

0

0

0.0

0

0

2006

14/14

66

2,592

39.3

26

58 vs. Oklahoma State

2007

12/12

49

2,023

41.3

16

52 at Texas

2008 12/11 42 1,649 39.3 13 58 at Oklahoma

Total

38/37

157

6,264

39.9

55

58, twice

Single-Game Bests
Punts-
8 vs. Kansas State, 2006; at Texas, 2007
Punting Yards-341 at Texas, 2007
Punting Average (min. 2 punts)-46.0 vs. Kansas, 2008 (2-92)
Long Punt-58 vs. Oklahoma State, 2006, at Oklahoma, 2008
Number of Career Punts of 50-Plus Yards-7, 5 in 2006; 2 in 2007; 2 in 2008
Most Punts Downed Inside 20-Yard Line-6 vs. Oklahoma, 2006