Nebraska’s kicking situation in 2019 has been an odd one.
As a freshman, Barret Pickering was the Cornhuskers’ kicker last season and converted on 14-of-18 kicks. This season, Pickering hasn’t attempted a kick yet for the team, though.
Why? Injuries. And it’s weird, because typically you don’t think of kickers getting injured too often, right? Nebraska special teams coordinator Jovan Dewitt can’t believe what has happened with Pickering:
“This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen before,” he said. “I’ve never seen this before. I mean, we go through plans of how many reps (the kickers) are going to take on a week-to-week basis and how many reps they’re going to take on a daily basis. We make sure they get warmed up beforehand. We do everything and anything possible. It’s like a pitcher’s arm. They have a kicking count, and we don’t exceed it. We’ve never exceeded it.
“It’s just one of those situations where you almost feel snake bit to a certain degree. It is what it is. We just push on through it.”
Despite not kicking the first two weeks, Dewitt said Pickering has been practicing with a “light kick count” since last week.
As of now, it’s not known if Pickering will play in Week 3 when the Huskers take on Northern Illinois at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday at home. The game will be televised on FS1.