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Nebraska Starting Kicker Steps Away From Program

Christian Gaylord of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrates.

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 17: Place kicker Barret Pickering #32 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrates a go ahead field goal with teammates including offensive lineman Christian Gaylord #65 and tight end Kurt Rafdal #82 against the Michigan State Spartans in the second half at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Nebraska will have a new starting kicker in 2020. The position was a major issue for the Huskers last fall.

During the season, injury issues at the position got so bad that Scott Frost opened up tryouts. Among the players who had to fill in at the spot last year are punter Isaac Armstrong, former club soccer player Matt Waldoch and safety Lane McCallum. McCallum ended up being a pretty good story during a disappointing season, hitting a game-winner against Northwestern.

Two major injuries led to that kicking crisis for the Huskers. Barret Pickering and Dylan Jorgensen were both removed from the depth chart during the season due to injury. Now, neither will be with the team entering the 2020 season.

Earlier this month, Jorgensen announced that he was entering the transfer portal. Now, Pickering has elected to step down from the team. It does not sound like he plans to play elsewhere.

Pickering confirmed his departure from the team to the Omaha World-Herald. He says that he's staying at the school to finish up as a student.

With Jorgensen and Pickering out of the picture, Nebraska will need to find a new starter entering 2020. Chase Contreraz, a transfer from Iowa Western Community College, is one of the favorites. He was an NJCAA second-team All-American kicker last season.

We wish Pickering well as he recovers from the issues that led to this decision.