Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on April 27, 1997 · 22
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2C Lincoln Journal Star Sunday, Apr! 27. 1997 HUSKERS Page design: Julie Koch gins ready to make a difference Spring Game scoring summary Wig FIRST QUARTER WHITE 7, RED 0 Shevin Wiggins 78 punt return (12:47) I Convention Ted Retzlaff kick. RED 7, WHITE 7 Scott Frost 2 run (10:35) Drive 76 yards in 5 plays. ' Other key play Ahman Green 67 run. ' ' Conversion Kris Brown kick. SECOND QUARTER . RED 14, WHITE 7 Scott Frost 5 run (8:20) Drive 64 yards in 1 1 plays. Other key plays Jay Sims 9 run, Scott Frost 11, 7, 11 runs, Dan Hadenfeidt 9 run on lake punt. Conversion Kris Brown kick. RED 21, WHITE 7 Monte Christo 4 run (10:13) ' Drive 4 yards in 3 plays, set up by Gregg List recovery of fumble at White 4. ' Conversion Dan Hadenfeidt kick. RED 28, WHITE 7 Jeremy Stanislav 6 run (5:35) Drive 52 yards in 5 plays, set up by Joe Walker 1 7 punt return. :' Other key plays Kenny Cheatham 34 pass from Monte Christo, Jeff Lake 7 pass from Christo, aided by personal foul penalty to White 6. Conversion Kris Brown kick. RED 31, WHITE 7 Kris Brown 33 field goal (0:35) Drive 48 yards In 10 plays. Other key plays Joel Makovicka 35 pass from Scott Frost, Lance Brown 9 pass i from Frost. THIRD QUARTER V RED 31, WHITE 15 Dan Alexander 1 run (1:05) Drive 80 yards in 16 plays. Other key play Billy Haafke 3. 10 passes from Frank ie London. Dan Alexander 29, 5. 8 runs. Craig Fischer 10 pass from London, London 3 run to White 1. Conversion Haafke pass from London. FOURTH QUARTER RED 31, WHITE 21 Dan Alexander 27 run (9:09) Drive 57 yards in 4 plays, set up by Jesse Kosch loss of 2 on fake punt. Other key plays Willie Miller 4 run, Travis Antholz 23 pass from Frank ie London, Josh Cobb 3 run. Conversion run failed. RED 34, WHITE 21 Kris Brown 24 field goal (6:50) Drive 1 7 yards in 6 plays, set up by Eric Ryan recovery of Joe Walker fumbled punt at White 25. Other key plays Lance Brown 7 pass from Scott Frost and aided by personal foul ... penalty to White 8. RED 34, WHITE 28 Jay Runty 1 run (5:32) . Drive 67 yards in 4 plays. Other key plays Derrick Roy 50 pass from Jay Runty, Willie Miller 5 run, Dan Alexander 1 1 run. Conversion Chace Long kick. Spring Game individual statistics Red OFFENSE RUSHING Player No. Yards Avg. ,Ahman Green ..... 12 96 8.0 Scott Frost 18 31 17 Jeremy Stanislav.... 3 16 5.3 JaySims- 5 13 26 . Dan Hadenfeidt 1 9 9 0 Joel Makovicka 3 1 7 2.3 " Billy Legate 3 5 1.7 Monte Christo 2 4 2.0 ;-Jeff Perino.... 4 2 0 5 "Jesse Kosch . . 1-2 -2.0 ' .Travis Soucie .. 2 -3 -1 .5 PASSING ;Player C-A-l Yards TD - Scott Frost 7-27-0 109 0 Jeff Perino 1-2-0 16 0 Monte Christo ; 2-2-0 41 0 RECEIVING Player No. Yards Avg. Lance Brown 4 38. 9.5 Jeff Lake 2 31 15.5 Joel Makovicka 1 35 35.0 Kenny Cheatham.... 1 34 34 0 Jay Sims 1 17 17.0 Shevin Wiggins....;.. 1 11 11.0 White Avg. 99 41 27 17 2.0 3.0 0.0 0.0 -20 -37.0 DEFENSE TACKLES Player Ben Buettenback Tony Ortiz . Dernond Fmister ..... Joe Walker .. Derek Alien Eric Johnson... .... Clint Fmley Carlos Polk 3alin Makaiwi 1 Aaron Wills t Khari Reynolds - XhadTuttle - Russell Froehiich .... ..Steve Raymond Brad Hamik . Greg McGraw f Travis Tdine Curt Lenners - Keety Watson .Brandon Mooberry . Eric Ryan Loran Kaiser " Kris Brown ... ; Jeremy Stanislav Gregg List , - "Matt Grummert Jason Benes Brandon Quindt ...... Russ Tessendorf .... UT 2 2 2 2 2 0 1 1 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 AT . 5 3 3 3 2 4 3 2 0 2 1 3 2 3 2 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 OFFENSE RUSHING Player No. Yards Dan Alexander 9 89 Willie Miller 8 33 Josh Cobb 9 24 Brian Monro ....... 3 . 5 Monte Christof........ 2 4 Hank Piening .......... 1 3 SeanWieting . 1 0 Frankle London .11 0 Jay Runty . . 2 . -4 Jeff Perino '1 -37 PASSING ; Player C-A-l Yards Frankie London... 4-6-0 46 Jeff Perino.... 0-4-0 0 Monte Christo ... 1-5-0 '10 Jay Runty ' 1-1-0 SO RECEIVING Player No. Yards Billy Haafke . 2 13 DorrickRoy 1 , 50 Travis Anthote ........ 1 23 Craig Fischer...... 1 10 SeanWieting 1 10 TD 0 0 0 0 Avg. 6.5 50.0 23.0 10.0 10.0 DEFENSE SACKS Player Loran Kaiser Curt Lenners 1 Eric Ryan No. Yards 1 6 1 5 1 4 FUMBLE RETURNS Player No. Yards Gregg List ...... 1 0 Enc Ryan............. 1 0 SPECIAL TEAMS Player Jay Foreman .......... Octavious McFarlin. Chad Keteay Mike Brown Jason Peter Mike Rucker Brian Shaw Julius Jackson EricWarfieW Steve Warren Ralph Brown II Noland Urban Leslie Dennis .......... Josh Anderson Brian Walters Quint Hogrefe Rod Baker Eric Fischer Eric Walther Matt Schooling ...... Jay Gates Carlos Polk...- Brendan Zahl George Dittnck Chris Deitloff Grant Wistrom Hank Piening Scott Siebenbom.... Chad Kobus Bobby Gil Dave Jones TACKLES UT , 1 1 3 5 2 2 2 3 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 AT 8 6 4 2 4 4 ' 4 1 - 2 3 1 3 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 rr 9 7 7 7 6 6 6 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 SACKS PUNTING Player Jason Peter.... ChadKetsay... No. Yards 1 9 1 2 Player No. Yards Avg. Jesse Kosch 3 133 44 3 ' Dan Hadenfeidt 3 116 38.7 PUNT RETURNS " Player No. Yards Avg. . Shevin Wiggins ....... . 3 -49 '16.3 . Joe Walker ...... 3 37 12 3 Lance Brown 1 5 5.0 KICKOFF RETURNS Player No. Yards Avg. Shevin Wiggins 1 24 24.0 Khari Reynolds 1 24 24 0 Jay Sims 1 21 21.0 Knny Cheatham.... 1 20 20.0 Clint FkHey, . 1 18 18.0 Avg. 37.0 392 SPECIAL TEAMS PUNTING Player No. Yards Brian Morro. ........... 3 111 BNILaHeur 5 196 .PUNT RETURNS Player No. Yards Shevin Wiggins 1 78 Joe Walker 2 25 Khari Reynolds 1 12- KICKOFF RETURNS Player No. Yards Ralph Brown It 2 64 Jerome Peterson..,, 2 63 Josh Cobb 1 . 22 Avg. 780 125 120 BY STEVE SIPPLE Lincoln Journal Star Ron Brown is a receivers coach, not a physics professor. But Brown possesses at least a fundamental knowledge of the science of matter and motion, especially as it applies to Nebraska wingback and return man Shevin Wiggins. "He has great physics for football," Brown said. "He has that ability to explode through things. It's a combination of speed and strength." Wiggins' physical makeup served him well during the NU Spring Game Saturday in Memorial Stadium. Just 3: 13 into the game, the S-foot-U, 195-pound junior electrified the crowd of 42,018 with a 78-yard punt return for a touchdowa He broke two tackles as he angled toward the sideline, picked up a key block from Eric Warfield1 and outran everybody to the end zone. "I made jt to the wall (of blockers), followed my lead block and attacked the corner," Wiggins said. "From there on, it was just a foot race." . Wiggins returned three more punts for a total of 49 yards, including a 31-yarder, and also caught an 11-yard pass from quarterback Scott Frost It capped what already had been a strong spring of practices for the native of Palmetto, Fla. ' "As of now, it's just a start of the kind of per-. formances I'll be trying to put on this coming season," Wiggins said. "I think I can make things happea" ' Brown agreed. "I think hell be a great player when it's all said and done," he said. "There's a lot you can do with him because of his running skills. If push came to shove, he could line up at I-back he's a tough kid." Wiggins rushed for 2,267 yards and 32 touchdowns as a running back during his senior season at Manatee High School in Palmetto the same school former Husker standouts Tommie Frazier and Tyrone Williams attended. When he came to Nebraska, coaches told Wiggins he could play running back, wide receiver or defensive back. He wanted to remain on offense but thought he was too small to play I-back. "And I don't like the weight room that much," he said. Wiggins sat out the 1994 season while gaining academic eligibility, then redshirted in 1995. Last season he caught three passes for 45 yards and returned four kickoffs for 70 yards. By the end of the 1996 season, Wiggins said, his confidence was improving along with his pass routes. His positive attitude carried into winter conditioning. "I worked hard this winter, and Frost and I worked on the passing game," Wiggins said. "Every once in a while, we'd stay after practice (this spring) and work on our passing. "With our young wingback group, I wanted to step up and be a leader." Wiggins has shown he can also be a leader on special teams. He is expected to enter the Aug. 30 opener against Akron as Nebraska's top punt returner. "I think the special teams will play a major role for us," he said "Most of the time our defense forces offenses to go three-and-out "That gives us a chance to make things happen." ; , T TT r RANDY H AMPTONLincoln Journal Star A Wingback Shevin Wiggins races down the sideline as the Reds' Tony Ortiz (37) cheers'-him on during a 78-yard punt return for a . touchdown Saturday. Nebraska Spring Game notes Coach Tom Osborne said early Indication were that nobody was injured seriously . Saturday. Those who suffered injuries were No. 1 middle linebacker Jay Foreman (strained knee). No. 1 right rush end Grant Wistrom (broken little finger). No. 1 fullback Joel Makovicka (sprained ankle) and co-No. 1 split end Kenny Cheatham (hip pointer). Osborne said the only injuries of the spring that could last into fall were to linebacker Casey Macken and fullback Ben Kingston, who had torn knee ligaments. Three Nebraska seniors from last season's team were honored Saturday. Rover Mike Minter won the Novak Trophy, which goes to the senior "who best exemplifies courage and determination despite all odds." Rush end Jared Tomich was named winner of the Guy Chamberlin Trophy, presented to the player "who has shown by his play and contributions to the betterment of Nebraska football that he has the qualities and dedication of Guy Chamberlin." Lincoln Southeast graduate Jon Hesse, a linebacker, won the Native Son Award, which goes to the senior selected by his coaches "who best exemplifies a good work ethic, competitiveness, leadership, forthrightness, sense of humor, pride, loyalty and a love of Nebraska." I-back Ahman Green, on his 67-yard run: "I haven't been running in the open much lately, so it felt good and awkward at the same time. I'm feeling like I did a couple years ago. Now I just have to wait patiently until the season begins.". Frost, on the Aug. 30 opener against Akron: "We want to come out with a different attitude than we had last year. We don't want to just show up and win games but not play hard. This is definitely a hungrier team. We were embarrassed by a few things that happened last year, and we don'fwant them to happen again." Wistrom was impressed with the defense: "We need to improve our depth at linebacker and secondary. That will be vital to next season. I think the younger guys are there to improve themselves, and that's a good sign." As for the offense, Wistrom said he was impressed. "Scott Frost got a lot done," he said. "He gained needed confidence and is ready to assume the leadership role better than last year. His ability to lead the offense will be very important to us." Near the end of Osborne's time at the postgame press conference, Jason Peter, standing in the back of the room, asked, "Was the scrimmage scripted for the offense?" Osborne smiled and answered, "We decided to go right at the soft spot of the defense, right at Jason Peter." Asked if Nebraska can reach the summer gains it has m the past, Peter said, "We had our title taken away from us last year. We all want that back. We ll have most of the guys here this summer. I could go home and work out but it's not like working out in the stadium and having Danny Noonan (former Husker and pro, and now strength coach) breathing down myneck." - Free safety Eric Warfield, on the secondary. "We better be good because our front line is so good. We have a lot to live up to. I think we want to be better than ever before, and that is going to take a lot more work than talk." Fullbackl-back Dan Alexander on his performance: "I was too nervous and pushed too hard in the first half, and I was ready to leave, I was doing so bad. I prayed and God showed me that we can turn the game around if we got going in the second half. I think that long run (29 yards) showed me I could turn it around." Game statistics . s. :Y :..V " ' RANDY HAMPTON Lmcoin Journal Star Red team quarterback Scott Frost runs for some of his 31 yards during Saturday's Nebraska Spring Game. Frost rushed for two touchdowns in leading the Reds to a 34-28 victory. NUWhite team' finally gets going Continued from Page 1 C sparked by two passes for 41 yards by Christo. The White team, limited to a total of minus 1 yard of total offense in the first half, rallied in the third quarter when London connected on three passes on a 16-play drive that was a showcase for 250-pound I-back Alexander. Alexander, who finished with 62 yards, broke away from four tack-lers on a 29-yard run, slammed his way through the line for 8 mor.e yards and scored on a 1-yard dive. .- "Dan Alexander continues to look like a guy who can get the tough yards," Osborne said. "He's had a tough spring in that he played both I-back and fullback. If we had to make a decision today, we might settle him in at I-back and play (freshman) Willie Miller at fullback." Alexander scored again on a 27-yard fullback-trap play to cut the deficit to 31-21 with 9:04 left in the game. The Reds had a chance to score when White punt returner Joe Walker fumbled and the Reds took over at the White 25. But on successive plays, Eric Warfield batted down a pass, Octavious McFarlin swatted a pass and Warfield tipped away another pass to force a Kris Brown field goal. "We might have a pretty good secondary after all" Warfield said. ilL 1 PhCP price WESONiyi I ..J I Tf nxz? 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