Honors & Awards
» Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (Nov. 19, 2018)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2018; Spring 2018)
After enrolling at Nebraska in January of 2018, Barret Pickering won the starting job as the Huskers' place-kicker and had an impressive freshman campaign. Pickering connected of 40-of-41 extra-point tries and he hit 14-of-18 field goal attempts, including 13 of his 14 tries from inside of 40 yards. He improved throughout the season, making his final 10 field goal attempts and his final 26 extra-point tries. Pickering led Nebraska in scoring with 82 points. He also served as the Huskers' kickoff specialist in the final three games. In 18 kickoffs, Pickering had six touchbacks and his directional kicking helped Nebraska limit opponents to just 16.9 yards per return.
Pickering connected on 4-of-4 PAT attempts in the season opener against Colorado for his first four career points. Against Troy, Pickering connected on his first two career field goals - from 23 and 32 yards out - and finished with seven points. Pickering added a then-career-long 35-yard field goal at Michigan for his third consecutive made field goal. Against Purdue, Pickering connected on all four PAT tries and he made a 31-yard field goal at Wisconsin and finished with six points against the 16th-ranked Badgers. At Northwestern the next week, Pickering made a 34-yard field goal. In the Huskers' win over Minnesota, Pickering connected on a 32-yard field goal and making all six of his PAT tries. He matched that scoring total with nine more points the next week against Bethune-Cookman, including a 29-yard field goal. Pickering made 18-yard field goal at No. 8 Ohio State and hit his fifth consecutive field goal with a 27-yarder against Illinois. Pickering also scored a career-high 10 points against the Illini, including a career-best seven extra points.
Pickering came up big in the Huskers' victory over Michigan State, accounting for all nine Nebraska points, as NU won without scoring a touchdown for the first time since 1937. Pickering hit all three of his field goals in the fourth quarter as Nebraska erased a six-point deficit. He hit two of the three longest field goals of his career against the Spartans, including a 47-yarder with 5:13 remaining that proved to be the game-winning field goal. For his efforts, Pickering was named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. He concluded his senior season by making a pair of field goals against Iowa - including a 46-yarder - to give a streak of 10 consecutive made field goals entering the 2019 season.
Before Nebraska (Hoover HS)
Pickering was one of the nation’s top specialists in the 2018 signing class, and enrolled at Nebraska in January. Pickering was a standout place-kicker for Coach Josh Niblett at Hoover High School in Alabama, annually one of the nation’s top prep programs.
Pickering was the starting place-kicker for a pair of Class 7A state championship teams in 2016 and 2017. Hoover posted an 11-3 record in 2017 and closed the championship season with a 48-20 victory over McGill-Toolen in the state title game. Pickering finished his career at Hoover High by connecting on 39-of-55 field goal attempts and earned all-state honors as a junior in 2016.
Pickering was ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 4 kicker in the country, while 247Sports ranked him as the 13th-best kicking prospect in the nation. Pickering chose Nebraska over Vanderbilt and Yale.
Barret is the son of Melissa and Kent Pickering and he was born on Sept. 7, 1999. He is a management major. After graduating early to enroll at Nebraska in January, Pickering posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in his first semester on campus to earn a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.