Pewaukee senior Seth Bickett has played all 33 games with the varsity football team in his first three years,, becoming the program's first four-year starter in a generation. By JR Radcliffe
For his entire high-school career, Seth Bickett has only known what life is like on the Pewaukee varsity football team. Entering his senior season, Bickett has started all 33 games he has played in.
As the years have worn on, Bickett has grown as a player on and off the field, but what is perhaps most impressive is the PHS senior has done it at multiple positions.
Last season, Bickett ran the ball 190 times for 1,104 yards and 13 touchdowns, which was an increase of 154 carries from his sophomore campaign. On defense, Bickett plays defensive tackle and racked up 11.5 sacks in 2016.
"It's a little different," Bickett said of playing the two positions. "But it's never been difficult for me. Conditioning wise, it's different types of popping, so it doesn't take quite the toll on my body than maybe if I was playing offensive and defensive line or running back and linebacker."
Bickett is no stranger to trying new positions. The senior serves as the team's emergency quarterback, and during his freshman year, he moved to offensive tackle in Pewaukee's Level 1 playoff defeat at the hands of Brown Deer.
"I grew up in a football house," Bickett said. "I've played the same offense since I was in fourth grade. When I was a quarterback (as a youth), I kind of knew everyone's job because when you're young, telling kids what to do is about half the battle. I always kind of had an idea of what everyone was doing."
Bickett trains at NX Level in Waukesha and believes his durability is partly due to a strong focus on mobility workouts, which include hip and ankle flexibility and shoulder strength.
"I work out with a holistic approach," Bickett said. "I've put on a lot of weight over the years and tried to get bigger and stronger like everyone else. But I think I've done some things that other people don't, stretching-wise and mobility-wise to make sure I can be on the field into October and this last year November, to help my team."
Being a four-year varsity starter puts Bickett in rare company. Bickett's good friend, Waukesha West's Peter MacCudden, will also achieve the feat, but a Pirates football player hasn't done it since Greg Lutzen, who graduated in 2001.
When he was moved up to the varsity as a freshman, Bickett made sure to stay humble. At times during his freshman year, Bickett would serve as the ball boy for the ninth grade football games.
"It had its up and downs," Bickett said of his freshman season on varsity. "I have to give a lot of credit to that senior group that year. They were very, very accepting of a kid coming in and playing with them in a situation where I feel a lot of groups would not have been quite as accepting."