A shoulder injury plagued Nick Pickett’s freshman season. The Oregon safety is confident he won’t deal with the injury in his sophomore year.
Pickett had offseason surgery to repair torn labrum in his shoulder. It’s an injury that happen in high school and he played through the ailment when he started as a true freshman for the Ducks.
The 6-foot-1 safety is rehabbing with trainers during spring practices but he is eyeing a healthy return come fall camp.
“They said I will come back even stronger than I was before, so I am looking forward to that,” Pickett said, per Steve Mims of The Register-Guard.
While Pickett is on the sideline he’s taking mental reps watching his teammates on the field and in the film room. He’s hoping to turn the negative experience of being injured into a positive by becoming a student of the game.
“I’m looking at film to see how to get better, getting back in the playbook,” Pickett said. “Getting back to the basics and looking at little things to improve on while helping out the younger guys as well. We all help each other out so it is easier for me being in my second year to get a hold on everything.”
Pickett’s injury could end up being a blessing in disguise.