Former Nebraska K Congdon resurfaces at USC

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Here's one from "I remember you" department.

Former Nebraska kicker Jordan Congdon has won the starting kicker job for USC heading into the Trojans' Sept. 5 opener against San Jose State.

Congdon was Nebraska's regular kicker in 2005 and 2006. He earned freshman All-American honors in 2005 when he converted 19 of 23 field goals and 31 of 32 extra points.

"I thought Jordan separated a little bit here in his numbers," USC coach Pete Carroll told reporters when making his announcement. "We kept track of everything they did -- the timing, all that stuff, and Jordan finished with considerably better numbers."

His playing time diminished the following season, when he converted only five field goals and scored 70 points.

His move to USC was triggered by "family issues," according to an announcement at the time of his departure. He's now closer to his San Diego, Calif., home, as he serves as a walk-on kicker for the Trojans.

Congdon had a huge kick late in the 2005 season for Nebraska that helped spark a late-season victory over Kansas State and helped boost them into the Alamo Bowl. Momentum from that late-season surge helped boost the Cornhuskers to the 2006 Big 12 North title -- their most recent division championship.

But in that season, the Cornhuskers only attempted seven field goals -- all by Congdon. I've always wondered if that lack of work convinced him that other locales would be attractive.

Three years later, he's playing at one of the nation's most prestigious programs at USC.

But the Cornhuskers aren't complaining about their kicker, either. Alex Henery could develop into one of the greatest kickers in school history if he keeps building on last season's memorable achievements.

It appears to be a happy ending in both cases.