LINCOLN — Nebraska coach Scott Frost said Thursday that injuries had dealt his team a “bad hand” at the placekicker position.

So this week, Frost added a new card: walk-on Matt Waldoch, a UNL student from Geneva, Illinois. Waldoch is not likely to make the trip for NU’s game at Illinois this weekend, but he could be an option for Nebraska after this week.

“He’s got a big leg. I think he’s been a soccer player, and he’s officially on the team now,” Frost said. But college football is different from club soccer, Frost said, so Waldoch needs work.

Waldoch played club soccer at NU — and was listed as part of the Bugeaters FC soccer roster in 2018 — before joining the Huskers’ football team. According to his NU bio, he played football and soccer at Geneva High School.

Waldoch’s addition to the program is the latest development in a situation Nebraska never figured it’d have before the season, when Barret Pickering, who enjoyed a strong freshman season, was returning as NU’s starter. But Pickering, sidelined with leg pain, has yet to appear in a game.

In his absence, Nebraska has used three placekickers — freshman Dylan Jorgensen, sophomore safety Lane McCallum and senior punter Isaac Armstrong — to middling effect. Nebraska has missed four of its six field goals this season — three have been blocked — and one extra point.

Nationwide, only Hawaii has missed more field goals through three games.

For this week’s game, Frost committed to taking Armstrong, William Przystup and McCallum to Illinois. He wouldn’t confirm whether Pickering or Jorgensen would head to Champaign.

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