The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on April 28, 1985 · 50
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 50

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Sunday, April 28, 1985
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4Er 1 GPnitIG GAME APRIL 9H, 19BS SUNDAY JOURNAL-STAB , ! NU alums applied too much pressure in I The 1956 Nebraska football team could never be accused of receiving illegal alumni support Quite the contrary. The alums beat the varsity 14-0 in the ;; annual spring game, while a rain-soaked, - Memorial Stadium audience of approximately 5,000 looked on. How's that for lack of support? You can bet NCAA investigators weren't waiting to greet Comhusker Coach Pete Elliott at his office door the next Monday morning. The Nebraska alums may have been overzealous, but they obviously weren't . doing Elliott any favors. Being beaten, and shut out at that, by a makeshift alumni team isnt a good .way to wrap up a month of practices. fough to explain : it's difficult enough explaining a loss . to Oklahoma. How does a coach explain - to his alumni a loss to them? Freshman Jones may not " ; By Mike Babcock ' ' ; Keith Jones presented a good argument for his not being redshirted In the falL :i The freshman I-back carried nine times for 99 yards, including touchdown irons of 46 and 30 yards, during Nebraska's spring football intrasquad game Saturday afternoon. Although Jones' White team lost, 26-21, "I thought Keith had a good day, . maybe as good a day as he's had all ; spring," said Nebraska Coach Tom Os- borne. Jones is completing his first season as a Comhusker, which makes him a candidate for a redshirt next fall That seemed more likely at the beginning of the spring than it did after 19 practices and Saturday's scrimmage. I "It might happen, but I'd say right ;now it would be kind of a longshot," Os-'borne said. "I'd say at this point we're .going to try to get him ready to play." j'NU's fastest player ; Jones, a Sunday Journal-Star Super's tater at Omaha Central, is Nebraska's fastest player. He's run the 40-yard dash in :04.33, electronically timed. Jones has spent the spring competing ! with sophomore Jon KeUey and fresh Turner only worrisome injury Quarterback Travis Turner's right ' knee was the biggest concern in the . training room Mowing Nebraska's Red-White football game on Saturday. Otherwise, the Comhuskers appar-; ently came through in pretty good ; shape, according to NU head trainer and ' physical therapist George Sullivan. From pag1E Defense tackle just over a week ago. Nebraska's depth at middle guard has been dramatically depleted. First Ken Shead, an experienced junior who would have been No. 1 there, wasn't allowed to practice this spring - because his schoolwork wasn't in order. , .. Phil Rogers, who began spring drills . with the first team, suffered an ankle injury from which he's never recovered, and then Stephen Thomas, who'd been third-string, quit the team That left freshman Lawrence Pete at the top of the depth chart, a situation which caused McBnde to look at Noo-nanasa middle guard. : The former Lincoln Northeast athlete has made dramatic progress. "Right now, I'd say going into next , season, Danny will be our No. 1 nose-guard," McBride said. "Depending on what Shead does, if he comes back, he ' and Danny will be our two noses. ' 1 "Lawrence Pete has a chance, but -he's behind 'em Danny's doing better ' than both of 'em, fundamentally. He's , strong, and he occupies the area." .'With Noonan moving to the middle, freshman tackle Neil Smith has changed 'sides, moving from right to left and "becoming Spachman's back-up. . , "Right now, our first two defensive lines are probably good enough to win tor you," said McBride. "Our defensive ends on our first bunch (team) ... who are they going to be, is the question. "We've got a pretty good stock of linebackers, who seem to be pretty good against the run. Well have to wait and - see about the pass because we dont LAST mm WE WILL PAINT ANY CAR, ANY COLOR FOR $39.95: NO UPS, NO EXTRAS! 5540 DOUGLAS STREET... : We're talking about some serious alumni pressure here. The 1958 season was Elliott's first at Nebraska. It also was his last Bill Glassford, whom Elliott replaced as head coach, left after a 5-5 season in 1955 because, be was tired of the fans' second-guessing. What do you suppose the fans asked Elliott after his team's 14-0 loss to the alumni? A good first question: Would your team have been better off if It hadn't fumbled 11 times? The varsity, which never got any closer than 27 yards from the alumni goal line, lost eight of the fumbles. Johnny Bordogna and Rex Fischer scored the alumni touchdowns. Sam Vacant! kicked the extra points. Elliott went on to coach at California and Illinois. Following the 1966 season at Illinois, he and two of his mini assistants were forced to resign after a $21,000 redshirt man Tyreese Knox for playing time behind Doug DuBose and Paul Miles. Knox was held out of Saturday's scrimmage with a sore shoulder. KeUey gained 23 yards on 11 carries. According to Frank Solich, Nebraska's offensive backs coach, even though Jones had a better performance Saturday, he and Kelley have graded about the same over the entire spring. Still, "a guy like Keith Jones I think we're going to have to play. He's too talented to redshirt,'' said Osborne. The decision to redshirt him won't be made until just before the season-opener against Florida State, Osborne said. Wooten set to redshirt In the case of some players, however, that determination has tentatively been made. Freshman quarterback Wendell Wooten is a good example. "I've talked to Wendell a little bit and told him unless things change drastically, it'd probably be to his advantage to redshirt" Osborne said. "I've said, 'It doesn't look like you're going to be one of the top two quarterbacks.' "Wendell is going to be a good player. He just needs more time." For Jones, the time may be now ... or at least it may be next fan. Middle guard Lawrence Pete strained his right knee, and defensive back Jeff Tomjack sprained an ankle. ' ' The other injuries were minor, Sullivan said. I-back Paul Miles and split end . Robb Schnitzler had sore hamstrings, and kicker Craig Schnitzler had a sore knee. throw enough to find out "Our secondary has got a heck of a lot of work to do. Brian Washington looks like the only guy who's in pretty good shape. Otherwise, it's up for grabs." McBride came away from Saturday's scrimmage believing "we're behind. We've got a lot of work to do," he said. "I think we've got as good of athletes as we've had in our younger players, but they don't know what it's going to take to play in the Big Eight yet Hopefully, over the summer they'll start thinking about it' Red 10 07 U- While 14 0 7 021 Red Brian Hiemer, 19 pass from Travis Turner (Dale Klein kick) White McCathorn Clayton, 1 run (Craig Schnitzler kick) Red FG Klein, 29 - White Keith Jones, 46 run (Dan Chelohakick) White Jones, 30 run (Cheloha kick) Red Paul Miles, 10 run (Klein kick) Red Safety, Wendell Wooten sacked bv Jim Skow in end zone Red Hiemer, 10 pass from Clete Blake- man (Mike Martin kick) A -22,213. Red White First downs 21 16 Rushes-yards 72-357 55-254 - Passing yards 81 22 Passes S-16-0 3-lt-O Return yards 17 102 Punts-ove 8-43 ' 8-34 " Fumbles-lost 6-2 3-0 Penalties-yards 6-90 2-29 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS -' RUSHING! Red Miles 19-137, Dubose 7-53, Clayton 9-40; White - K. Jones 9-99, Wheeler 11-31, Kelley 11-23, Brlnson 2-40. PASSING: Red Clayton 1-2-4 17, Turner 4-64 45, Taylor 1-2-0 3, Douglas 1-4-0 6, Blakeman 1-24 10; White Taylor 0-34, Blakeman 0-24, Wooten 144 (-3), Mlinar . 2-9425. t ' - RECEIVING: Red Hiemer 4-63, Miles 2-5; White Holscher 1-6, Mulllns 1-19. 3 "DAY!! .fflSSSSo -EMI GMMIB (One Bloc Nath o 56th ComTHKkf) Mike Babcock' Columnist "slush fund" was discovered The fund was used for illegal payments to athletes. It's obvious Elliott had learned his lesson on a cold day in April of 1956. He was determined never to lose another alumni game. 10 games Nebraska played 10 varsity-alumni spring games from 1950 through 1961. In 1954 and 1955, Glassford opted for tatras-quad games, instead. . " " " PsSsL ism i , ; vv-V:' 1 . u v W r Jf vi ; , - ' ( " ' " - ' X X ' ! l - W '1 1 ' I u - - r- 7 : - 9 - Wr y ' s - ' 4 1 . . v Drake J9 1E Pepin was happier about the perform- ance of his male athletes. The Huskers Gerard O'Callaghan, Glen Cunningham, Pome Uiimnhrov onH Toon Varcfai cnl a Regis Humphrey and Jean Verster set a Drake record in the 4x800 relay Friday. It was Nebraska's first relay triumph in this meet in 18 years and the first event championship for a male athlete from NU in the past decade. Saturday, Verster and O'Callaghan came back to finish fourth and sixth, respectively, in the open 1,500 meter run. Anthony Small, sixth in the 100-meter dash a year ago, improved to third. Kurt Russell finished second in the grueling 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal best 8:43.62, while Robert Metz was fourthh in the triple jump. . A total of 18 records were broken this week. Ten, including Nebraska's relay, were broken Friday. Seven more including one that was just one day old feU Saturday. Wayland Baptist which set records in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays Friday, bet tered the latter one Saturday. The small NAIA school from Plain-view, Texas, dominated the college divi- sion, winning four relays (4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and spruit medley), plus taking the individual championship in both the men's and women's javelin. - It was the first time since 1966, when Southern Illinois turned the trick, that Montreal pigns Yost! MONTREAL (AP) - Ned Yost a . free-agent catcher formerly with the.. Texas Rangers, was signed to a minor-league contract by the Montreal Expos, the National League team said Satur-.-day. .467-4434 HUM6ERT0 RAmREZSUNOAY JCXJRmL-oTMi l-back Keith Jones (6) breaks loose behind the block of fullback Novell Jackson as Red squad members Tom Trueblood (35), Green Reeves (84) and Jim Skow (96) try to stop him. The football scrimmages were part of All Sports Day, started In 1950 as a means of generating revenue for the' athletic department as well as being a showcase for Comhusker sports. The football .team could have done .without the spring exposure in 1956. In addition to the varsity-alumni foot-ban game, All Sports Day In 1956 consisted of a baseball game with a team from Offutt Air Force Base; a varsity-freshman track meet; golf and tennis duals with Iowa State; and swimming : and gymnastics exhibitions. There would have been a basketball scrimmage, but NCAA rules prohibited "off-season competition of any sort. Elliott probably wished the NCAA had prohibited alumni football games. ' Devaney dropped It . Bob Devaney discontinued the var-. ;sity-alumni spring game when he be w . v .. w t one school has captured four relay' events in the same year. Three athletes completed the difficult jtmiklA Tmi.ia Cnn Rum.. tviM ...u. uuuuic. iuna dunes uauuy n u I is, wnu was the silver medalist at last summer's Olympic Games in the 400-meter hur dles, set a record in that event Friday, then came back to win a special invitational 400-meter dash-Saturday. - Ex-Alabama sprinter Cal Smith won two special invitational dash events Saturday, defending his title in the 200 in the process. 'Ski ' " ' "To 1 ! t vis? in?)ifi!ic(S!Uij H ft j iidHiytilHWJX 3v ft dlliMilrWrllUsL 1 It i FRONT WHEEL DISC . BRAKE SERVICE 9 Ifltttl IM (MC fMdt, WhMl QFMIO Mfll9 Raurtra nam md nptck wtmtt Mrmgi (acMne Intptct tiydtauW lyMn aid TRANSMISSION SERVICE Drain and replace wtfr Quakar 8tatt tranamiaamn Hukl. Install nw pan gasket and transmission flttar. $248 OaaraoaatnuMM AUTO AIR CONDITIONER RECHARGE a Taat lor aynam praaaurs and laaka. Inapact fan Dana, oompraaaor and twaaa, a Add up to ona pound ot fraon as naadad. 14 Mar tat tm ELECTRONIC TUNE a Mm) twig, ida ajaarj and carowrawr laiiw ranuaaa. a Chaok bait, aoan and barian. a aiapacl eMaaon oonaot aavSna a -a Cttata? OaaraaadSaaHSdi Car Care Carasr 10th a M 474211 Truck TVe Carasr H41 tomrtuekar 7:30-14)0 Sat 8vk Ofntn Covw Mott Pom He and Import Can Light came the head coach in 1962. The reasons are obvious. I The insurance premiums for alumni flayers was high because the chance of injury was great; National Football League teams were hesitant to allow their players to participate in such games; and, except for the 1956 game, -the varsity controlled the series. , . In addition, varsity coaches had considerably less opportunity to evaluate lower-unit players. Nebraska . Coach Tom Osborne extended the first and third quarters to 20 minutes during Saturday's Red-White game in order to . get more players on film. , Half the team wouldn't have been able to play in a scrimmage with alumni. The alumni games were part of a different era in Comhusker football. They 1 belong to a time when Nebraska lost " more often than it won. The-tnird double winner was Purdue's Yvonne NettervUle, who set a record in the triple jump Friday and also won the women's long jump Saturday. In the Nebraska state college ranks, Doane was second in the college sprint medley behind Wayland Baptist with Jeff Hagemann, Mike Nicholson, Brent Harsin and Gregg Larson. Nebraska Wesleyan (Ron MSran, Jeff Heng, Denny Danielson, John Ross) won its heat of the college division distance medley relay, but it was the slow heat $JQC3 OmiiHtiwHMI f i - alnataa DraBe wa:G supto ii Ti 7i tata a 95 i - iva IGNITION - UI u - aKbs ilaiui I and IM. CenerelTIrs c Sooiwr or Latar, Youl Own Ganaralt i.i'1 j-'psr " j 1956 i rtiirino nn mrinff rame. an out-ctf condition alum supposedly kept right-on ' running after he scored a touchdown, through the end zone and into the field-house, where he threw up. , ';; Victorious alumni - After the 1956 same. Nebraska Information director Don Bryant, Tor- - mer sports editor of The Lincoln Star, wrote in the Sunday Journal and Star; ; v "A happy band of victorious Alumni football players charged into their dressing room late Saturday afternoon Ttd the cry heard most frequently nQuj: .Wsgotacigaretter . s "To a man, the oldtimers Inastea tt. "was their superior physical condWqn . which made victory possible." . . ; " Boyd Epleyi Nebraska's strengthen!" conditioning coach, win cringe whenjhe reads that ' and the Plainsmen wound up sevenjtf overall, despite breaking a school recordj with a time of 9:52.17. .' 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