The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on August 30, 1981 · Page 14
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Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, August 30, 1981
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Page 14 The Salina Journal — Sunday, August 30,1981 Huskers have lots of assets "LINCOLN, Neb. - Like a businessman, Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne listed his football team's assets and debits to the Big Eight Skywriters here Friday afternoon. "And when.jlhe list was complete, the businesses thriving. But that's noth- irig np*. The Cornhuskers have had o**<of the best grid programs in the x-<5ountry for the past 20 years. X This year's edition of the 'Huskers * features a handful of All-America candidates — defensive end Jimmy Williams, I-back Roger Craig, center Dave Rimington, offensive tackle Dan Hurley and split end Todd Brown. And with nine other starters back from a 10-2 Sun Bowl team, you can see why optimism is running high again on the NU campus. But wait a minute. According to Osborne, the picture isn't as rosy as it seems. There are holes to fill at certain positions and young players to be evaluated. "We're a little more uncertain than we have been in the past," Osborne said. "Overall, I think we will have a good football team, but we have some question marks right now." The question marks are most notable in the backfield. Gone are quarterback Jeff Quinn, I-back Jarvis Redwine and fullback Andra Franklin. "If we had to play a game tomorrow, Mark Mauer would be our quarterback," Osborne said. "What concerns me is that he doesn't have any experience as a starter." Mauer (6-1, 193) is a senior, but completed just 5-of-ll passes for 64 yards last year. Nate Mason (6-1, 185) and redshirt possibility Turner Gill (6-1, 190) will be Mauer's backups. Craig (6-2, 211) was a third-team whiz last year, rushing for 769 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns. He'll be starting at the I-back position with the backups being sophomores Dennis Ro- On the Big Eight Skywriters' Tour By Harold Bee hard Sports Editor gan (6-0, 190) and Jeff Smith (5-11, 192) of Wichita, another redshirt possibility. "Roger Craig is an outstanding football player," Osborne said. "He's bigger and stronger than last year and also a little faster. We need a big year from him." Senior Phil Bates (6-2, 215) is the No. 1 fullback after two weeks of practice. "We're not as strong back there (in the backfield) as we were last year," the eighth-year NU head coach said. "We have talented players at quarterback, I-back and fullback, but none of them have ever started a college football game before. That's what concerns me." What doesn't concern Osborne is the offensive line and the receiving corps. Rimington (6-3, 285) is back to anchor the front wall. Osborne calls him a better player at his position than former NU All-American Rik Bonness (197475) and Tom Davis (1977). The rest of the offensive line is also solid. Tackles Randy Theiss (6-3, 261) and Hurley (6-2, 272) are back for another year as starters, while guards Tom Carlstrom (6-5, 261) and Mike Mandelko (6-1, 255) were both lettermen a year ago. "Our offensive line, in general, is the strongest part of our football team," Osborne said. "We have quality starters and a little bit of depth behind them." Brown, a 6-0, 175-pound junior, and Anthony Steels, are solid players at split end and wingback, respectively. Brown caught 28 passes for 416 yards a year ago and Steels latched onto 11 for 208, rushed for 85 yards and returned kicks for another 171. The tight end spot will be manned by letterman Jamie Williams. Defense solid Mention the Nebraska defense and a smile comes to Osbome's face. He has nine players returning who started at one time or another in 1980. The Corn- husker defense allowed just 209 yards of total offense last year and ranked third in the country in that category. "We have a little more experience on defense than we've had in the past," said Osborne, who has compiled a 7520-2 record at Nebraska. When you discuss the NU defense, you start with defensive end Jimmy Williams, a 6-3, 217-pound senior. He was the Sun Bowl's Most Valuable Lineman last season against Mississippi State. Jimmy's brother, Toby (6-3, 250), will line up beside him. Other starters back are nose guard Curt Hineline (6-2, 244) and right tackle Henry Waechter (64, 270). Dave Ridder (6-2, 211) will take over the right end spot vacated by Associated Press Big Eight Defender of the Year Derrie Nelson. At linebacker, starters Steve Damkroger (6-1, 221) and Steve McWhirter (6-3, 218) are back and they are both just juniors. "As a pair, they compare very well with our other linebacking teams of the past," Osborne said. The secondary is also a strong point with starters Ric Lindquist (corner- back) and Sammy Sims (monster) returning. Two-year lettermen Jeff Krejci and Rodney Lewis will hold down the safety and right cornerback positions. Two-year lettermen Kevin Seibel will do the field goal kicking, while newcomer Grant Campbell is No. 1 in the punting department. The Cornhuskers will play one of their toughest schedules in a long time this season, with non-conference foes Perm State and Florida State on the slate. "How good we are will depend on how good our opponents will be," Osborne said. "Our non-conference schedule is tough. I'd have to rate Penn State as one of the top two or three teams in the country, and Florida State also has a strong club." The questions from the Skywriters finally got around to the subject of the other Big Red team in the conference — the Oklahoma Sooners. Osborne- coached teams have defeated the Sooners just once in nine tries. "It doesn't make me happy that they've beaten us like that," Osborne said. "But playing Oklahoma is good for us. It keeps us trying to play at their ability level instead of putting them down for having an excellent program. People always want to talk about what goes wrong, but they never say much about what has gone right." The record speaks for itself. Plenty has gone right for Osborne and his teams over the last eight years. NU gave Williams a chance Former walk-on now a star By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor LINCOLN, Neb. - Jimmy Williams considered himself a lucky person during his growing up days in Washington, D.C. Even though the high school he attended — Woodrow Wilson High School — was in a slum-ridden part of the city, Williams always had his home life to fall back on. His parents, James and Flora Williams, raised their eight children in a middle-class home, something uncommon in that section of the city. "I was lucky to be from a well- rounded family," said Williams, now a senior defensive end for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. "I came from the type of family that didn't like settling for second best. And I think a lot of that rubbed off on me when I was younger." Williams is a perfect example of the highly successful walk-on program at Nebraska. Although just a 180-pound linebacker in high school, Williams was determined to play major college football. But there was one catch to Williams' plan. Nobody offered him a scholarship after his senior year. That, however, didn't stop Jimmy and his brother, Toby, who will be starting for the Corn- huskers at left tackle this year. The two boys got together with their father and wrote a letter to try and see if any major schools would show inter- Jimmy Williams HEAT'NG & AIR CONDITIONING Chris Martin 825-5993 Friedrich SALINA AUTO SALVAGE If we don't have it we can y^t it Telephone Service to 65 cities P/i Miles North on 81 827-5686 est in them. Over 150 letters were sent across the country. The reply was less than overwhelming to say the least. The only school which contacted them was Nebraska. "They sent us a letter back and said they were interested in us," Williams remembered. "They then called us and wanted some film of us from our high school days." But the coach at Woodrow Wilson High School wasn't overjoyed with the idea of two of his best players traveling halfway across the country to play football. He wanted them to stay in the Washington, D.C., area and play for a black college. "Our coach said the department didn't have any money to send the film to Nebraska so we gave him $60 to put it in the mail," Williams said. That $60 proved to be an excellent investment for the Williams brothers and an even better one for the Corn- huskers. Jimmy is considered an All- America candidate this season and Toby was the AP Big Eight Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 1980. The two players didn't receive scholarships because there were none left to give when the NU coaches decided that they wanted the brothers. But both had a scholarship by the time spring practice rolled around during their freshmen year. But the brothers took some harassment from their so-called friends for going to Nebraska. "They thought we should go to a school close to home," Jimmy said. "My coach got pretty mad, too. He cut two of my brothers from the high school football team the next year. It got so bad that my parents had to transfer my two brothers and one sister to another school." "The coaching back there is just pitiful," he continued. "Yqu have great athletes back home just walking the streets and getting into trouble because they don't like the coaches." Jimmy's improvement from a 180- pound freshman to a 217-pound senior almost boggles the mind. He has improved his 40-yard dash time from 4.8 to a team-leading 4.34. During his junior year, his speed enabled him to make 18 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 112 yards. Williams, a prime Outland Trophy candidate this year, remains grateful to the walk-on program at NU for giving him a chance to play major college football. "The walk-on program at Nebraska is one of the best in the country," he said. 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