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Huskers pluck top JC transfers
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By STEVE SINCLAIR
Assistant Sports Editor
Nebraska football recruiting is already
showing visible signs of success with
five junior college transfers enrolled for
classes this semester.
The new prospects are Carl Johnson,
offensive lineman from Phoenix, Ariz.,
Junior College; Keith Wortman, of
fensive lineman from Rio Hondo Junior
College, Whittier, Calif.; Dick Rupert,
defensive lineman from Harbor Junior
College, Los Angeles, Calif.; Woody Cox,
wide receiver from New Mexico Military
Institute; and Percy Kight, running back
from Fairbury Junior College.
Offensive end coach Tom Osborne said
the coaching staff was pleased with the
new additions. "We think they will
definitely contribute to our program,"
"We felt we could use some help in
our offensive line and on defense also,"
he said. The Huskers lose five starters
in the offensive line and eight defensive
starters from last fall's Big Eight con
ference co-championship team.
"We usually try to fill gaps if we
can," Osborne added, "but if we can
get a good man at another position,
we will take him."
Osborne said that none of the new
prospects has played center. He added,
however, that if any of the prospects
produce, it might free someone to shift
to the key center position.
Each of the new players was on the
all-league team of his respective con
ference Osborne said.
Johnson was recruited by 14 schools,
including Kansas State, Colorado,
Southern Cal, Arizona, Arizona State
and San Jose State.
The 6-3 240-pound Johnson says he
is used to playing for good coaches
and admits that he based his decision
to come to NU on his impressions of
the Husker coaching staff.
"I liked the coaches," he said. "They
were very honest with me."
The Phoenix, Ariz., native's first im
pression of the Lincoln campus was that
it "gets pretty cold," but he won't have
time to be bothered by it, since the
Huskers start their off-season workouts
Johnson's goal at Nebraska is to take
advantage of one of the offensive line's
losses and earn a starting position. Of
fensive tackle Bob Newton established
a precedent for the newcomers last
season, moving from Cerritos Junior
College (Calif.) to the starting tackle
Johnson said the major difference
between playing for a junior college
and playing for a Big Eight team is
that "everybody here is good."
Johnson is moving to Nebraska from
a school with solid football tradition.
"We had a bad year last year (5-4-1),"
he says. In Johnson's freshman year
his team was the second ranked junior
college outfit in the country. The team's
four losses last fall were the most suf
fered in 11 years, he said.
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Big 600 Test
Huskers' Morran, Case
face difficult tasks
Nebraska's indoor track
team faces a tougher test Fri
day night at Kansas State after
easily handling Southern Il
linois last Saturday, 91-38.
Kansas State coach Deloss
Dodds boasts three individual
stars on a team which finished
second behind Kansas in the
Oklahoma City Invitational last
Dale Alexander, a transfer
from Butler County (Kan.)
Junior College has the best Big
Eight Conference times in the
600, (1:10.0) and in the 440,
(:48.6). Friday night he will
face defending conference
champion Garth Case in the
600. Case currently is ranked
The Wildcats' Ken Swanson
also leads the conference in two
events. His times are 1:51.7 in
the 880 and 2:07.7 in the 1000.
He faces a tough competitor in
Nebraska's Dan Morran. Mor
ran won the Big Eight 880 title
when he was a sophomore, but
Swenson captured it last
The Wildcats' third individual
standout is high jumper Ray
McGill. He has the conference
leading jump at 6-9. Nebraska
freshman Dan Brooks ranks
second in the conference with a
Dodds expects a competitive
meet. "We hope we can stay
close," he said. "Nebraska is
possibly one of the top two
teams in the conference."
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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1970
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