Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on April 15, 2001 · 33
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UP NEXT: Nebraska vs. TCU Ktekofh Noon, Saturday, Aug. 25 at Memorial Stadium TV ABC (7 8) RatJa KLIN 1400, KFGE KRNU903 vvvvw.joumalstar.com . IT JL 3D JOURNAL STAR Sunday, April 15, 2001 Page design: Karl Vogel By NUMBERS FIHST QUARTER SCORING RD 7, WHTO 0 Daharran Diedrkk 6 run Time left 6:55. Drive 77 yards in 11 plays. Other key plays Jammal Lord 14 run; Lord 12 run; pass interference on 3rd-and-l; Tracey Wistrom 12 pass from Lord; personal foul on defense. Conversion Sandra DeAngelis kick. dCVUiilf VtUt-utlLK aVAMIftU RED 7, WHITE 7 Robin Miller 8 run Time left 11:07. Drive 40 yards in 8 plays. Other key plays Miller 9 run on 3rd-and-5; Brett Lindstrom 5 run; Lindstrom 7 run. . Conversion Josh Brown kick. RED 10, WHITE 7 DeAngelis 37 field goal Time left 7:38. Drive 45 yards in 10 plays. Other key plays Die-drick 15 run; Wilson Thomas 7 pass from Lord; Lord 18 run. RED 13, WHITE 7 DeAngelis 48 field goal Time left :23. Drive 39 yards in 7 plays. Other key plays Luke McGowan 26 pass from Ross Huxoll on 3rd-and-l. FOURTH QUARTER SCORING RED 16, WHITE 7 DeAngelis 37 field goal Time left 11:54. Drive 34 yards in 8 plays. Other key plays Steve Kriewald 14 run; Lord 15 run; Lord minus 12 on sack by Jon Clanton; Thomas 14 pass from Lord. RED RUSHING No. Ydt Av. TO . Daharran Diedrtck .,.. IS 52 2.9 1 Jammal Lord 11 46 4.2 D Matt Albertson 7 26 3.7 0 Steve Kriewald 1 14 14.0 0 DeAntae Gnxby 4 14 3.5 0 PaulKastl 1 3 3.0 0 Ross Huxoll 3 3 1.0 0 JoeCMrisman 1 -2 -2.0 0 PASSING C-A-l Yds TO Jammal Lord..- , 7110 71 0 Ross Huxoll 240 32 0 Joe Chnsman 0-10 0 0 RECEIVING No. Ydt Avg. TO Wilson Thomas... 4 47 11.7 0 Tracey Wistrom 2 25 12.5 0 Luke McGowan 1 26 26.0 0 Ryan MMuscaK... 1 6 6.0 0 OeAntaeGnxby 1 .1 -1.0 0 TACKLES UT AT TT Sack Patrick Kabongo 6 6 12 10 Jerrell Pippens 4 2 6 00 Manaia Brown 4 3 7 3-9 JayWhlte 6 0 6 00 Anthony Hoke 4 2 6 00 Benard Thomas 5 0 5 4-25 KellenHuston 2 2 4 00 PatCrumpton 2 2 4 10 Justin Smith.- 2 13 2-24 IraCooper 1 2 3 00 J.P.Wichmann 2 0 2 112 Adrian Warrior 112 00 SethWhite 0 3 2 00 Jason Richenbergef 0 2 2 00 Aaron Terpening 2 0 2 DO Mattlckes 112 00 JesonLong 1 1 2 00 WesWoodward 1 0 I 00 JoelJackson 10 1 00 Steve Knewald Oil 00 AndrewDunn Oil 00 PUNTING No. Ydt Avg. Kyle Larson 4 177 44.3 PUNT RETURNS No. Ydt Avf. TD Luke McGowan 2 9 4.5 0 Ryan Mlkluscak... 3 18 6.0 0 r TEA?.! STATISTICS SCORING lit 2nd 3rd 4h Tot White....; 0 7 0 0 7 Red.. 7 6 0 3 -16 STATISTICS White Rod First downs 14 15 Rushing ...,.v..... . 12 9 Passing.................;.... 2 4 Penalty 0 2 Total offense , - 167 259 Totalplays 62 61 Average per play... 2.7 4.2 Rushing yards (net) - 99 : 156 Yards gained : 191 192 Yards tost... 92 36 Attempts ..... 52 46 Average per nish ...... .......... 1.9 3.3 Spring Continued From ID But newcomers gave these Blackshirt hopefuls spark. Former tight end Trevor Johnson sacked Lord twice, putting a positive spin on Johnson's move this spring to rush end TJ. Hollowell, who just this week moved to middle linebacker from the weakside, recorded six tackles. Jon Clanton had two tackles for toss while playing in place of Lohr at nose tackle "We feel like we made progress this spring." defensive coordinator Craig BoW said. "I don't know if it was a complete reflection today, but I believe we're going to have a more aggressive, more physical de-ferise this roming fafl." The White defense, which seldom blitzed, appeared most soft when Lord scrambled. An elusive Lord had gains of 14 and 12 yards in the Red's touchckrwn drive and later rambled for 15 yards on a the li fts - - i,i V TED KIRKLincoln Journal Star Kicker Sandro DeAngelis reacts to his 48-yard field goal. WHITE RUSHING No. Ydt Thunder Collins 13 56 Robin Miller 11 49 Tim Reese 2 8 DeWaynelong 1 7 Nk Gragert ; 2 7 Joe Chnsman 10 -5 Brett Lindstrom 13 -22 PASSING C-A-l Joe Chnsman 100 Brett Lindstrom 340 RECEIVING No. Ydt Jack O'Holleran 1 35 Thunder Collins 1 22 KellyCook 1 6 Josh Brown 1 5 TACKLES IT AT TT Scott Shanle 3 3 6 TJ. Hollowell.............. 3 3 6 Lannie Hopkins - 3 2 5 MattBehrends .... 2 3 5 MarkVedral 3 2 5 Jeff Heme 13 4 Trevor Johnson .31 4 Dion Booker . 2 2 4 Jeremy Slechta 13 4 Willie Amos 2 13 Jon Clanton 2 13 LomeH Mcpherson 2 13 Curt Tomasevta 2 13 CrmsKelsay 11 2 Demoine Adams.... 0 2 2 Casey Nelson............ 112 Treoun Walker... 2 0 2 Jamie Otto..... 112 - Tyler Toiine ............. -112 Chad Buller... .. 112 David Kotowski Oil Erwin Swmney... . 10 1 JeffMcBride 10 1 J.P.Wichmann... . 10 1 MicBoettner Oil PUNTING No. Ydt Josh Brown ;. .5 158 DustlnBoW. , 3 126 Avf. TD 4.2 0 4.5 1 4.0 0 7.0 0 3.5 0 0.5 0 1.7 0 Ydt TD 22 0 46 0 Avg. TD 35.0 0 22.0 0 60 0 5.0 0 00 00 00 00 1- 2 00 2- 8 00 00 00 112 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 Avg. 31.6 42.0 Avg. TD o.o o 6.5 0 Avg. TD 15.0 0 8.0 0 PUNT RETURNS No. Ydt Jack O Holleran 10 Nffin Wigert .2 11 KfCKOFFRET. No. Ydt Thunder Collins .............. .3 45 Jack O'Holleran..... , 1 8 Touchdowns 1 1 Passing yards 68 103 Attempts. 10 15 Completions.... 4 9 Interceptions 0 0 Toxjchdowns . 0 0 Fumbles-lost 00-.' M Total turnovers 0 1 . 3rcWown conversions 7-17 412 4tfxk)wn conversions 1-1 0-1 Penalties-yards 544 431 Time of possession 31:53 28:07 Sacks byyards lost........ , 4-22 12-82 Punting average ...... .... 35.5 44.3 Punts 8-284 4177 Punt returns 3-11 5-27 Kickoff returns...-. . 453 . 00 third-and-6. "We're going to take a hard took at that and see what we can improve," Bohl said. "What we've got to be able to do is be able to pressure the quarterback without having to blitz. I think we have some answers in the repertoire of our defense to remedy that but oertainhr that caused some problems today." From an offensive coordinator's standpoint, watching Lord elude defenders and take off in the open field isn't nearly as painfuL "He's really produced big plays ; throughout the spring," said Solich, Who calls Nebraska's plays. "He's really inugirative in that way. Things just seem to fall in place withJammaL" Lord was directing the topoffen-sive unit in place of returriing starter Eric Crouch, who for the second consecutive spring season is recovering from shoulder surgery., "He demonstrated some things today that would indicate to you that he's capable of ninning this Young BY JAMIE SUHR Lincoln Journal Star If the spring game were any indication of what's in store, then the Husker defensive line's future appears to be bright NU's young, second-string de fensive linemen tormented the White team's injury-depleted offensive line to the tune of 12 sacks and yielded only 167 total yards a meager Z7 yards per play in the Red team's 16-7 victory Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The play of his Blackshirt hopefuls left NU head coach Frank So-lich impressed "Our defensive line has the ability to cause problems for an offense, regardless of whether you're talking about ours or someone else's," he said. Leading tiie sat party were sophomores Patrick Kabongo and Benard Thomas, and freshman Manaia Brown, combining for eight Sacks in a dominating performance by the Red team's defensive line. Yet all three know they have a lot to improve on, especially Thomas. After struggling for much of spring practice, Thomas busted out of his slump, registering four sacks. Still, he wasn't too happy with his performance. "I was horrible in the spring I just got lucky in the game ... I've got a long way to go," Thomas said. Thomas admitted he was still playing catch-up from last season, and hasn't gotten an entire grasp of the defensive scheme. "I don't know the defense as well as everybody else," he said. "Most of the time I don't even know what I'm doing out there. I'm just trying to play football." Thomas wasn't the only player running around and making plays for the Red team. Brown, making the switch from defensive end to tackle just two weeks ago, sacked quarterback Joe Chrisman three times in the second half, deflected a pass and made a tackle behind the toe of scrimmage. On one play, the freshman from Salt Lake City displayed surprising quickness, getting off the line to sack Chrisman before he could complete his three-step drop. "I think everything went too fast for me," Brown said. "First I'm into Sipple Continued From ID Collins, a junior from Los Angeles, carried 13 times for 55 yards. He said he had an upset stomach because of nerves. (You'd be queasy, too, if the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Kabongo were chasing you.) Miller, a sophomore from Kent, Wash., continued his strong late-spring surge with 49 yards on 1 1 attempts. He said he s ninning with "a lot more confidence." "All three of them Robin and Thunder in particular really made strides this spring," Gillespie said. "And DeAntae stayed pretty steady." Junior Dahrran Lhednck, the designated starter at I-back, pounded out a workmanlike 52 yards on 18 carries Saturday. Coaches rave about his toughness and work ethic Iswear the guy has muscles in his face. "I feel good about Dahrran, because he'll come to battle every game and he will be a very tough guy to bring down," said Nebraska head coach Frank l' litifcwHBiiniillirilllliillr.Mil ir. DIEDRICK SoUch, wearing a grin that 1 ' bordered on sinister. "And if you want to run him 35 times a game, he'll be happy to do it" ,v-.... Around here, we watch I-backs closely because they're featured in Nebraska's offense and because of the Huskers' tradition of greatness at the position. In 2001, it appears the tradition will continua If there s a concern, it's the gap between Diedrick and the pack of three. It could be Diedrick carries the brunt of the load this seasoa unlike last season when Dan Alexander and Correll Buckhalter basically shared it fodtball team," Solich said of Lord "He really has improved .his passing. He's got the ability to really escape a pass rush, and then make things SOLICH happen, whether it's throwing off the scramble or just scrambling, making first downs." Lord, who completed 7 of 11 passes for 71 yards, hit tight end Tracey Wistrom for 12 yards In the first-quarter touchdown drive. Diedrick scored three plays later when he bounced off left end and scooted into the end zone from 6 yards, The rest of the Red's points came off the foot of Sandro DeAngelis, who's battling incumbent Josh SPRING GAME: B - line shows "- 'J ' .V- "' I v -V- - ' ' . : ' '' - N ' . 'V -?f-j ti y Red team defenders Adrian Warrior (99), Patrick Kabongo (top left) and Manaia Brown (bottom right) combine to bring down White team l-back Thunder Collins in-tne first quarter. my stance looking at the football, arid the next thing I know I was sacking the quarterback. I don't think I was celebrating because I was pretty shocked" It was the first opportunity for fans to see Brown, who sat out last season because he didn't meet NCAA academic standards. After not playing any football for the past year, Brown reported to camp at 307 pounds, nearly 30 pounds than his playing weight as a high school senior. "To tell you the truth, I'm still out of shape," he said. "I could be quicker, faster, stronger. I still need a lot of work before the fall." Playing next to Brown and Thomas was Kabongo, who disrupted the White team all game long. The Montreal native notched 12 tackles and a sack. The slimmed-down tackle shed nearly 30 pounds from last season's Brown for starting place-kicking duties. DeAngelis booted field goals of 37, 48 and 37 yards. "We held them down pretty good," said Lannie Hopkins, who played with the White defense and is battling for the No. 1 rover spot "We struggled in the first half a little bit, then we started really getting focused on what we had to do." The White offense, comprised of players from the second- and third-string units, scored its only touchdown following a Red fumble the only turnover for either team. Lord fumbled when he tripped moving out from center, lost his balance and tried to pitch to I-back DeAntae Grixby. Jeremy Slechta recovered the loose ball at the iRed 40. Robin Miller capped the White's eight-play scoring drive when he darted off right tackle unscathed from 8 yards, tying the game 7-7. . DeAngelis followed with his first field goal to put the Red ahead. Quarterback Brett Lindstrom led -- - mi i (ii'ii RED 16, WHITE 7 playing weight and it showed. Ka-bongo's added quickness was evident as he was in the White team's backfield for much of the game. However Kabongo wasn't thinking about the 12 stops he made. "I always look at the plays T could have made, but didn't" said Kabongo, who's only played four years of organized football "These are the plays you've got to focus on because they might be the play of the game." The same can be said for Thomas. Despite his four sacks, he felt he played only decently. However, he admitted that he was his own worst critic. "I got pushed around," he said. But if the future is anything like Saturday, Thomas, Brown and Kabongo will be doing most of the pushing. Reach Jamie Sunt at 473-7431 or jsiAijburnalstar.com. TED KIRKLincoln Journal Star l-back Dahrran Diedrick (30) runs in to a wall of White defenders (from left) TJ. Hollowell, Jeff Hemje and Demoine Adams in the third quarter. The 5-8, 205-pound Grixby runs well inside the tackles. Collins, 6-2 and 190, excels on the outside. And Miller, 5-11 and 225, seems able to handle both styles adequately. Diedrick punishes defenders no matter where he runs. Come August two freshmen join the race for No. 2. Marques Simmons of Davenport Iowa, has covered 100 meters in 10.34 seconds. One Husker coach said Simmons would pull away from fleet NU quarterback Eric Crouch in a sprint And Cory Ross of Denver draws raves from those crazies who follow the recruiting game a little too closely. "Hopefully those two will hit the ground running(in August)," Gillespie said. We'll be watching. Because around here, we want to knowwho's No. 2 at I-back. And No. 3 and No. 4 . .. Is that really peculiar? Reach Steven M. Sipple at 473-7440 or ssiopleejoiiTBrstar.com. the White to the Red 21 after zinging a 35-yard pass to wingback Jack O'Holleran the longest play for ; either team But the Red defense, with the help of two sacks from Benard Thomas, pushed the White back into fourth-and-19, then Josh Brown's 47-yard field goal try sailed wide right The White managed only one drive longer than six plays the rest of the game, while the Red defensive unit collected nine sacks in the second half , "I think for as much substituting as we did, they did a good job," Solich said of the defensive units. "If you're talking about getting your starting 11 on the field and with maybe a one-man rotation in some of those groupings, and then playing series after series, I think you d see a different ball game than what yousawtoday." For Lord and Diedrick, though, Saturday was good enough. Rsadi Brian Rosenthal at 473-7436 or lau$eillial)ouniarstarxon. promise TED KIRKLincoln Journal Star news& NOTES DeAngelis shines Sandro DeAngelis isn't saying anything that would create controversy over who should be Nebraska's starting place kicker. Not that he needs to. His performance Saturday may have been enough. DeAngelis, challenging retumirg starter Josh Brown, booted field goals of 37, 48 and 37 yards in Saturday's RedWhite game, helping the Red pull out a 16-7 victory. "I guess you can call it a dream day, if you want," said DeAngelis, who will be a redshirt freshman. "My confidence level is really going up, and that's 90 percent of the kicking game. As each day passed during the spring, I started to feel more comfortable getting those live reps. Kicking with a little mechanical holder during practice and kicking in a live rep situation are two totally different things." DeAngelis reached the end zone with three of his five kickoffs. One was fielded at the 3yard line, and a pooch kick against the wind traveled to the 12. Brown, meanwhile, missed a 47-yard field goal and fired a kickoff out of bounds for a penalty. Each kicker converted one extra point NU Coach Frank Solich said he'll visit with kickers coach Dan. Young and watch more film before making any bold comments on the kicking battle. "You build in everything that's happened over the course of the last two years," Solich said. "You have to take into account what Josh has done over the last year and a half for us, and you also have to take into account what Sandro has done. I think Sandro kicked very well today." MORE TO COME: Nebraska's defense performed well Saturday, but that doesn't mean you'll see the same defensive unit when Au-: gust rolls around. Not only were the Huskers missing five potential starters, they'll also welcome a slew of freshmen this fall, some of whom just might challenge for significant playing time. The Huskers welcome six defensive secondary recruits this . fall, including twins Daniel and Josh Bullocks. Barrett Ruud, a Lincoln Southeast product, could also make a move at linebacker. SEND BACK THE CLOWNS: Some spring football .'games almost warrant circus music because of mistakes that result from shuffling around players and , simply not communicating. But Saturday's game went off without many hitches. The teams combined for only nine penalties and NU only furri-Wed once, which Solich said was indicative of his team's spring season. "We've not been a team that's just put the ball up for grabs." BACK TO THE GRIDIRON: Wilson Thomas apparently didn't spend so much time with the Nebraska basketball team that he forgot what to do in football. Thomas, the . leading candidate to replace Matt Davison at split end, led all receivers with four grabs for 47 yards. He played with quarterback Jammal Lord on the Red team. INJURY REPORT: Solich reported no major injuries from Saturday's scrimmage a welcome sign, considering the Huskers had already sent three players to the operating table this spring. Notable injuries from the RedWhite game Include linebacker Mark Vedral (broken finger), lineman Kyle Kollmorgen (sprained knee) and wingback Jack O'Holleran (high ankle sprain). Brian Rosenthal

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