As a senior, he won All-State honors at punter after averaging 46.5 yards per punt. In addition to football, Larson competed in track and field. Larson was a member of Kearney High’s 1999 Class A State Championship team where he placed 2nd in discus and 3rd in shot put at the Nebraska State Track Meet.
Larson was a walk-on at the University of Nebraska. Following a redshirt season in 1999, he backed up starter Dan Hadenfeldt in 2000. He then started from 2001-2003. He was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award his junior year, and finalist his senior year, as well as being named an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. He benched 405 pounds his senior year and hang cleaned 458. As a senior in 2003, he set the Nebraska record with a 45.1-yard avg. on 66 punts, the record would later be broken by Sam Koch. Larson also earned All-Big 12 honors. He graduated with a degree in business administration.
Professional career – Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)
Larson was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as a college free agent on April 27, 2004. He made his NFL debut at the New York Jets on September 12. In his opening season he averaged 42.2 yards from 83 punts and even scored a touchdown from a fake field goal attempt at the New England Patriots on December 12. He had not missed a game in four seasons.