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febczz APRIL 86, 1987, SUNDAY JOURNAL-STAB- ound ioFiiiiff Bractice weet'1to injured SBeppaM 8 It's tough getting a job anyway, but hav Tve set a time schedule as far as my knee is concerned. Each month I want to be able to do something different," Sheppard said. "I really want to play, but Tm not going to if rm not 100 percent" Sheppard doesnt want to jeopardize his future by returning too soon. And even if he doesnt play any more football at Nebraska, he plans to play in the National Football League. "I definitely want to play pro ball," said Sheppard, who can catch passes and return kicks.

"Given the right rehabilitation and time. 111 come back" 100 percent, and I know I can play." NFL teams have made inquiries to Cornhusker coaches and asked Sheppard to fill out questionnaires, he said. Sheppard had never suffered a serf-. ous injury playing football until last sea nearly everyone else on toe Nebraska football team, Von Sheppard has complained about having to go through Spring practice at one time or another. In fact, he's considered going out for track and field to avoid it 1 But this spring was different Sheppard, who watched Saturday afternoon's Spring Game at Memorial Stadium from the sideline in street clothes, would have Even just about anything to participate spring drills.

"Now I really miss it," he said. This spring, he couldnt practice. Sheppard, a wingback, is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in )iis left knee on the Cornhuskers' first play from scrimmage in the Sugar BowL No one hit him. He tried to cut His Spring Game statistics I' "It tore me apart," he said. The physical pain has diminished Sheppard had 'surgery on Jan.

4 and spent time with his leg in a cast The last month or so, he's been rehabilitating the knee by swimming, three days a week. In two weeks, the knee win be tested for strength, "and if I test out pretty good, 111 be able to start jogging," Sheppard said. He's anxious to begin. Tm not going to take it slow at an. It's full-go.

There's no way 111 cheat myself and let it get weak," he said. -Tm going all-out, 100 percent" Sheppard, who was redshirted as a Cornhusker sophomore, is determined to play football again. He has another season of eligibility at Nebraska, but he's not certain hell be able to use it He hopes to have an answer by July. TED KIRK SUNDAY JOURNAL-STAR ing a degree definitely neips. Sheppara aoesni believe football is over for him.

He's pushing himself, frying to rehabilitate his knee in time to play for Nebraska in the falL "Well see," he said. "You've got to love the game, and A. Von I love the But somedav. even if he remains in jury-free, hell have to give up the garnet He and Rod Smith, an all-Big Eight' honorable mention wide receiver, used to talk about "how we never missed? practice because of an injury," Sheppard said. "All it takes is one play.

Boom." V. Blakeman 4 Gdowskl 3 0. Receiving No. Banderas 1 .....1 1 Gregory 1 Punting No. Yds.

Kroeker 5 223 Beckler ....1 43 Punt returns No: R. Smith Interception returns No. 1 Addison 1 Yds. .26: 6 45i Ave. 112.

i 0i From pnng The Whites fought hard. "The defense was hanging in there. It was a battle. We were out to win," Rodgers said. 3 Knox scored the winning touchdown-- on fourth down, after the Reds had1" gained a first-and goal at the White 1 "I wanted the Whites to win.

UnfortJ-nately, we didn't," said Rodgers. Sanders, who tried to exhort the crowd to cheer for the White defense oik-its goal-line stand, disagreed. The final score was misleading, he Said. son. But the knee wasnt the first In Nebraska's third game, a 48-14 victory over Oregon, he fractured a bone in his right leg, which sidelined him until the next-to-last game of the regular season.

Sitting out during the season is much worse than missing spring drills. "You feel like you're on a different planet The fans arent screaming for you. You're not able to go out and perform," Sheppard said. "There's nothing you can do, and it hurts sometimes." But in that emotional pain, Sheppard found something valuable. He realized what many athletes realize too late, that getting an education is important "So many people look past it," said Sheppard, who hopes to graduate next December.

"When football's over, you've got to have something to fall back on. 7 3 108 0 AAlller 5 1 17 0 Receiving No. Yds. Neubert 1 23 Worden 1 80 McCoy 1 17 76 .....1 9 Punting No. Yds.

Ave. Wllev 5 231 46.2 Schnltzler 3 112 37.3 Punt returns No. Yds. Rodgers 2 19 Interception returns No. Yds.

McCallum 1 0 Vampola 1 0 Reds Offense Rushing No. Yds. Ave. Taylor 7 23 3.3 K. 13 207 17 -11 23 100 12 17 3 17 5 -3 0 15.9 4.3 11.5 7.7 3.0 3.4 1.5 3.4 5.0 0 Helbel .......4 Blakeman ....3 Schmidt 2 Knox 13 Preston 4 5 Brinson .....2 Gdowskl 5 Burianek 1 Schneider.

1 Gilbert 1 Passing No. Co. Yds PI 75 1 Taylor 1 In 1985, the year Allen referred to when Mike Epperson sprained his ankle the day before the NCAA meet, the Huskers finished behind Ohio State. Epperson redshirted this year after suffer-, ing a wrist injury. Epperson will have two years of eligibility remaining if he recovers sufficiently from his broken wrist "This loss wasnt as disappointing as last year's," Allen said.

"Last year was terrible." Tom Schlesinger, the NU junior who won the all-around Friday, said the defeat was still difficult to take. "We did a good job and we got beat," he said. "It's something you've got to -live with. But I don't like it" UCLA Coach Art Shurlock said a tough training schedule the past three weeks helped the Bruins. "After we finished fourth in the Pac-10 meet, we got down to brass tacks," he said.

"Our practices duplicated competition quite a bit and that got the kids ready. "After the first three events, we had several mistakes and were only five-tenths behind and I think that psyched up our kids. Last night (Friday), it was the last three we had trouble with. Today, we were a little, shaky on the first three but the last half was our best performance of the year." The Bruins held a 238.05-236.65 lead pSew Gym Mike Babcock Columnist shoe caught on the artificial surface in the Louisiana Superdome. "The turf didn't give at all, and my knee couldnt stand the pressure," Sheppard said.

"I've never felt anything like that in my life. It was like someone grabbed my ankle and tried to rip my leg of Sheppard has "braced" himself and watched the play on videotape. The Huskers are in fourth place with 60 points after the first day of the two-day meet Kansas, which has six players in the singles finals, is leading with 86 points. Defending champion Oklahoma State is second with 83 points and Oklahoma third with 70. Iowa State, Colorado and Missouri trail Nebraska.

Nebraska's first, second, third and sixth singles players won first-round matches, but all four Steven Jung, Ro-. bert Sjoholm, Ken Feuer and Pat Carson sixth and seventh innings. The Tigers, 13-13 and 0-8 in the conference, scored an unearned run in the seventh when Michelle Phalen's leadoff angle got past center fielder Janelle Frese. Frese recovered and relayed the ball to Kremer, who threw wide to third allowing Phalen to score. But Sippel struck out the side to end the threat In the second game, Jill Rishel singled in Rhonda Gorraiz in the bottom of the 10th for her first collegiate RBI, giving the Huskers a victory over Kansas.

Donna Deardorff, 124, went the distance for NU, striking out seven and scattering nine hits against the Jay-, hawks, now 23-20 overall and 34 in the Big Eight 1 A feijr jaW'" The Whites' Ray Valladao (91) and Brian Miller (35) stop a run by the Reds' Keith Jones (6) during Saturday's Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Jones ran for 207 yards on 13 carries, including an 84-yard touchdown run. Buskers' Scheideggerm teimisfirials REDS 13, WHITES 0 1 4 1428 0 21 -J3 RmH Klth run (ChrlDrnnan kick) RMtSttvi Taylor 4 run Drennon Mck) Rd( TyrMM Knox 14 run (Drennan kick) WhltM Ttrrv Rodetrt 74 pom from Oerrv (Montt Kratzensttln pau irom Gdowskl) Third Mrtod Rxli K.JonnHrun(runolld) WMtM Rodars4Srun(runfolltd) Fourth Miiod WhltM-Rodowsllrunpojsrolltd) 7 Whites Jomlo Worden 80 pass Irom Jirrv Dun-lap (Corey Grab pass from Ounlap) Rods Knox! run (pass tailed) WhltM First li 47-178 Reds 22 61-407 81 91 488 4-15-2 i 12-125. 3-1 3-11 Passing yards 205 Return yards. 14 383 5-18-2 4-35 4-1 Total yards pi Passing DMiltlM.uaeU viKjiirarrui WitmNHifit Fumbles-lost Third-down conversions.

3-13 Whites Offense Rushing No. Yds. Ave." 2 2.0 80 7.3 Clark 8 18 1.2 Dalton 1 1 1.0 Roschal 1 3 3.0 19 3.8 Coleman .................8 21 2.6 Petz 5 36 7.2 Miller 3 -7 ..1 11 11.0 Behrens 1 5 5.0 Passing No. Co. Yds PI A 1 80 2 Nebraska results SfMIFINAL SINGLES: No.

I Olivier Lorm, OU, won by default over Steven Juno, NU 4-4, 3-1; No. 1 Robin Scott, OSU, det. Robert Sloholm, NU 4-4, 2-4, 4-2; NO. I Sven Oroeneveld. KU, det.

Ken Feuer, NU 4-1, 4-2; No. Brad Scheldesger, NU, det. Jack Salerno, OSU 0-4, 4-4, 4-4; No. 4 Deon Botha, OSU, def. Pat Carson, 4-3, 4-3.

CONSOLATION SINGLES: No. 4 James John-son, CU, def. Stuart Juno, NU 3-4, 7-5, 4-2. FIRST-ROUND SINGLES: No. 1 Steven Juno, NU.

del. Srut, ISU 4-4, 4-4; No. 1 Sloholm, NU. dot. Wilson, ISU -l 7-4; No.

Feuer, NU, def. Ktrner, CU 7-5. 5-7, 7-4; No. 4 Fentrlu. OU, def.

Stuart Jung, NU 7-S, 4-4, 4-3; No. Scheldeooer. NU. def. Srlmuons, MU 4-2, 4-3; No.

4 Carson, NU. def. Smith, CU 4-3, 4-2. FIRST-ROUND DOUBLES: No. 1 Steven Jung-Mlko Marsh, NU, def.

Wllson-Eolls, ISU 4-t 4-3; No. 1 Slonolm-Sluart Juno, NU, del. Marlnella-Fla-taut, MU o-l, 44. two games boosted their season total to 106 In 47 games this year. OSU leads the nation with a 13-runs per game average and with an average of 2.2 home runs per game.

They had to come at us and throw 1 strikes today," said Fariss, who has 19 home runs this season. "After all those walks last night, I'm sure throwing strikes was a big concern for their pitcher. But we were ready for the chal-lenge." Lepley, now 4-2, had only given up 17 earned runs in 10 games this year for Nebraska. All eight of OSU's runs in the first game were earned Saturday. The Cowboys struck NU ace Phil GO' eiien.

who "had allowed onlv 18 earned runs in eight games, for 12 earned runs in the second game. By Staff Writers tnd News Wires CITY Nebraska's tSrad. Scheidegger defeated Jack Salerno of Oklahoma State 6-4 Saturday ti advance to the No. singles finals at toe Big Eight Men's Tennis Championships, at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. I Scheidegger, from Columbus, will face Larry Pascal In Sunday's finals, Pascal defeated Tim Bubnack of Oklahoma 3-8, 6-3, in the other No.

5 semifinal Cornhusker Softball team gains pair of one-run wins over Nebraska after five events. UCLA was up on the vault while Nebraska was on the high bar. UCLA, which scored 46.7 on the vault in Friday night's qualifying, had a 47.25. NU's horizontal bar dropped from 48.35 to 48.10. "UCLA was on a roll and we had al-" ready given up too much," Allen said.

"We knew they would have had to break three vaults for us to catch up." Shurlock said this victory was rhore thrilling than the Bruins' national championship in 1984. "The team in '84, wift (Tim) Daggett and (Mitch) Gaylord, was a better team," but this competition was more exciting," he said. "In "84, we were out in frort from the start m. "This win was more satisfying', cause we had to come from behind it was nip and tuck" Allen said he was confident after the first three events. "ZZ "When we beat UCLA in the first UaH I thought we had it made in the shade" he said.

"All we had to do was get through the vault But even though we didn't we have to be pleased with our performance. "We averaged 281.75 this season and scored 284.75. And our top aH-arounders, Schlesinger and (Kevin) Davis scored 58s today and that's a sub-four-minute Me for the uninformed. And Neil Palmer had 56.65, which isnt bad." lost in the semifinals. The Huskers1 No.

1 doubles team of Steven Jung and Mike Marsh, and the No. 2 doubles duo of Sjoholm and Stuart Jung won first-round matches Saturday and will play in the semifinals Sunday morning. Singles championship matches are scheduled for I p.m. Sunday, with dou-1 bles finals at 3 p.m. Big Eight Tournament TIAMSCORINO: Kansas Be, Oklahoma Stat Oklahoma 70.

Nebraska 60. Iowa Stat 44, Colorado 43, Missouri 10. Baseball From pogolD But Nebraska managed just three hits over the next four innings, while the Cowboys found their familiar ways of breaking away. Robin Ventura, who was riding a 34-game hitting streak, before Saturday, ripped a two-out, two-run home run in the second to break the tie. Oklahoma State might have done even more damage in the inning but NU catcher Tim Pettengill caught Ortiz off second base and before the next pitch Nebraska starter John Lepley picked off Beanblossom at first base.

OSU added two more runs in the third inning on a pair of singles and a walk and Fariss added another home run in the fourth inning to complete the scoring. The Cowboys seven home runs in the jMES, Iowa Lori Sippel struck out li and allowed only two hits and one unearned run to lead the third-ranked Nebraska softball team to a 2-1 win over Missouri Saturday. lTi the second game, Nebraska outlasted Kansas 3-2 in 10 innings. pie Huskers, 30-9 overall and 6-2 in the Big Eight, have a chance to clinch conference title Sunday by winning either of their two games In the opener, NU scored both runs in third inning when Lori Richins drew a jim, Jane Kremer singled and Sippel wAlked to load the bases. Amy Love then lined a two-run single to center, driving in Richins and Kremer.

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