Things could have gone better in the kicking department for the Huskers on Thursday. As Scott Frost continues to search for an answer on special teams two players who kicked for Nebraska in 2019 will no longer be on the roster.
First it started with the surprising, yet understandable, retirement of Barret Pickering.
Barret Pickering tells me he left the Nebraska program based on health reasons. #Huskers— Nicole Griffith (@NicoleGriff1011) February 27, 2020
Can confirm Matt Waldoch's not going to be a part of Nebraska's kicking competition in 2020. He's been removed from the online roster, too. #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) February 27, 2020
It appears that both will be staying at Nebraska to continue taking classes.
So now what?
A little help from Brian Christopherson of 24/7:
The Husker used six kickers last season, and currently have redshirt freshman Gabe Heins, sophomore junior college transfer Chase Contreraz and Waldoch listed on the roster, though the walk-on Waldoch’s plans with the program are unclear. Waldoch was 4-for-4 on field goals late in the season, including a 41-yarder against Iowa. Oklahoma kicker/punter Tyler Crawford will join Nebraska this summer as a walk-on, as will IMG Academy’s Sami Khawja, who committed to walk-on with the Big Red this month.
You never know what what happen. You never know what could have been.
I continue to think about what this offseason might've been like if Nebraska had driven the ball further and Matt Waldoch, a walk-on from Leadbelly's, got a chance to knock off Iowa and the Huskers finished at 6-6.— Mike Schaefer (@mikejschaefer) February 27, 2020
Instead, Nate Stanley and Iowa did it again.
SPORTS! SPORTS! SPORTS!
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