BOULDER, Colo. — Barret Pickering is not in the state of Colorado presently.
At least, he’s not inside Folsom Field as the 25th-ranked Huskers (1-0) ready for a 1:30 MT kick against Colorado (1-0). Nebraska released an 80-man travel roster ahead of Saturday’s meeting and Pickering, along with safety Deontai Williams, was noticeably absent.
Head coach Scott Frost said Thursday when he last met with the media, he sounded less-than-pleased about the spot.
Pickering, a true sophomore, did not practice in practice this week as he dealt with an undisclosed injury that kept him out of the team’s opener against South Alabama. Pickering was steady last season, connecting on 14-of-18 as a true freshman and nailing every one of his 11 kicks in the final eight games, but the spot was shaky against South Alabama last week with Pickering unable to go and Dylan Jorgensen serving as the replacement.
His only field goal went wide right from 31 yards out and only one of his six kickoffs made it deep enough for a touchback.
“We’ll see,” Frost said when asked if Jorgensen would be the guy if Pickering couldn’t go.
“Isaac Armstrong can kick and does a good job,” he said of the team’s starting punter. “Lane McCallum, he’s a walk-on DB for us, transferred in from Air Force and kicked at Air Force. Both those guys got some reps today.”
McCallum is in Boulder and taking kicks during warmups.
Other Travel Roster Notes
>> Nebraska's starter at safety to open the season, Deontai Williams, was also left off the travel roster after suffering a shoulder injury against South Alabama. Frost doesn't provide injury updates to players unless the ailment is potentially season-ending, so a lack of insight into Williams injury means its likely not major, but the Huskers will no doubt miss him against Colorado.
>> Myles Farmer, a freshman defensive back, made the trip. He did not play in Week 1 against the Jaguars and only recently returned to practice.
>> Fifteen true freshmen in total made the trip. That list includes Farmer, offensive linemen Bryce Benhart, Brant Banks and Ethan Piper, wideout Darien Chase, tight end Chris Hickman, running backs Wan'Dale Robinson (or you can call him a receiver, whatever) and Rahmir Johnson, quarterback Luke McCaffrey, outside linebacker Garrett Nelson, inside linebacker and walk-on Luke Reimer, and defensive backs Quinton Newsome, Noa Pola-Gates and Javin Wright.
>> Jahkeem Green the late-arriving JUCO transfer on the Huskers' defensive line, did not get into the season-opener against South Alabama but he did make the trip to Boulder.
>> Reimer joins redshirt freshmen Joseph Johnson and Chris Cassidy as three walk-on inside linebackers to make the trip. Nebraska played its top three guys at the two spots heavy snaps last week, so look to see if any of the walk-ons get into the game Saturday.
>> Redshirt freshman wideout Kade Warner did not play in the opener but has also made the trip.