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WIU's Smith to take his kicks at Nebraska

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Western Illinois kicker and QND alum Pat Smith will use his final year of eligibility at the University of Nebraska. Western Illinois kicker and QND alum Pat Smith will use his final year of eligibility at the University of Nebraska.

MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -- There weren't many bright spots last fall for the Western Illinois football program.

But Pat Smith was one of them.

Smith converted all of 10 of his field goal and 11 extra points attempts.

His career however, at least with the Leathernecks, is over.

Smith tells WGEM Sports he's decided to spend his final year of eligibility at the University of Nebraska and will be given a chance to earn the starting job as place kicker with the Cornhuskers.

The Quincy Notre Dame alum will graduate from Western in May and will continue his education as he attempts to earn his Masters degree at Nebraska.

Smith shared the Leathernecks Most Valuable Player award with freshman linebacker J.J. Raffelson after his perfect season.

He was also a finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award given to the nation's top kicker.

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