Nebraska kicker Barret Pickering accounted for all of the Huskers’ points in the 9-6 win over Michigan State on Saturday. Two days later, the Big Ten named him co-special teams player of the week.
Pickering made three field goals on Saturday, including a career-long, game-winning 47-yard field goal with 5:13 remaining in the fourth quarter. Pickering has now made his last eight field goal attempts and is 12-of-16 on the season.
Coach Scott Frost called Pickering one of Nebraska’s “unsung heroes” on Saturday, noting how the freshman (alongside punter Isaac Armstrong) has improved throughout the season.
“Barret hitting the two field goals, I had enough confidence in him at that point to let him go out and try a long one, and he buried it,” Frost said after the Michigan State win. “It turned out to be the difference. So, you could pick about a dozen guys on our team that have gotten just infinitely better as the year has gone along, and those guys are kind of representative of our whole team.”
This is Nebraska’s first Big Ten special teams player of the week honor since Sam Foltz on Oct. 5, 2015.