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Recruiting: Husker backbone
By Pete Wegman
Somewhere in the Midwest there lives
a high school football player who could
be an All American or Heisman Trophy
winner in three or four years. The task
of the Nebraska coaching staff is to find
According to head football coach Tom
Osborne, recruiting is the backbone of
the Cornhusker football program. "It's
probably the most important thing we
do," he said.
Recruiting for the 1975 freshman
team began last spring. Questionnaires
concerning outstanding players were
mailed to high school coaches across the
Each Nebraska coach is assigned to a
certain area of the country and is
resonsible for staying in touch with that
area's high schools, Osborne said.
About June 1 , the coaching staff puts
together a mailing list of approximately
250 prospects. These players receive
weekly letters on various aspects of the
football program and the University of
Nebraska in general.
$70,000 spent on recruiting
By mid-December, after watching
films and scouting some players in
person, the list is narrowed to about 90
high school seniors. Osborne said that
about 30 players from that group will
decide to play football at Nebraska.
Coach Osborne justifies the approxi
mately $70,000 spent on recruiting each
year by the fact that the entire football
program grosses several million dollars
and actually supports some minor
The 1974 freshman team was the first
to come in under the new Big 8
scholarship limit of 30, instead of 45 as
in previous years.
Osborne said the scholarship reduc
tion has definitely been a hindrance.
' 'Above average, but not outstanding,
high school players who may develop
into outstanding college players just
won't get scholarships," he said.
Easy to sell
Osborne cited former Huskers stars
Jerry Tagge, Jeff Kinney, and Rich
Glover as possibly falling into this
Despite the scholarship reduction,
Osborne said Nebraska football is easy
to sell. The coaches stress Nebraska's
strong football tradition, consistent
sellouts and excellent training and
locker room facilities when talkirvg to the
Osborne added that one of the best
recruiting points is the "generally
favorable attitude on campus towards
Osborne said the quality of Nebraska
high school football has increased
tremendously in the past ten years.
"Right now, all the coaches here feel
the Class A schools in Nebraska can play
with anyone in the coutitry," he said.
It remains to be seen if the Huskers
have recruited another Johnny Rodgers
or Dave Humm. However, the situation
should be much clearer when the day for
signing the Big 8 letters of intent passes
(tentatively set for February 11).
UNL seeks six straight
Bowl win hoped for
Besides looking for a record setting sixth straight
bowl win, the Nebraska Cornhuskers would like to close
their season with a victory. To go out winners would
give the team momentum for next year.
Attitude will be one of the many factors stressed in
the Huskers' preparation for their New Year's Eve
contest against Florida. Right now, the emotional factor
is not quite as great as it was for the Oklahoma contest
but the fact that the Huskers have a chance at a sixth
straight bowl win, a record achievement, provides them
with extra incentive.
Florida has a good offense, Osborne said. They score
an average of 24 points and average about 370 yards
total offense per qame. They have good size, he added,
and are directed by a good quarterback.
"They played a tough schedule," he said. "They
defeated Auburn, which I would rate close to
Alabama." Osborne scouted Florida when they
defeated Miami and he was impressed by their play.
The Huskers will use variations of their standard 5-2
defense with four deep backs, in order to stop the
running attack of the Gators' wishbone offense.
Light workouts for the Huskers began this week and
they will also practice Saturday. Practice with pads will
start next Monday. The team will leave for New Orleans
Osborne added that weather, factors could provide
adverse field conditions. At this time of year, he said, it
rains a lot in New Orleans. The playing field, however,
is artificially surfaced, as is Memorial Stadium.
Injuries pose little threat and the Huskers should be
in full force when they meet the Gators. The only
definite out for Nebraska is split end Dave Shamblin.
Quarterback Earl Everett has been experiencing
muscle spasms in his back, according to Osborne, and
Ritch Bahe is still slowed by a pulled hamstring.
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The Daily Nebraskan staff joins thre jolly old pftofosrapher In saying
"Merry Christ.nas." Second semester publication will begin Jan. 13.
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