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By Pete Wegman
Four juniors have spent the last four,
weeks of UNL football practice competing
for the starting split end position against
LSU Saturday. One took himself out of the
picture Tuesday night.
Dave Shamblin caught IS passes as a
part-time starter for the Huskers when he
was & sophomore two years ago. He missed
last season because of a knee injury, after
entering fall practice as the No. 1 split end.
But his confidence may have dipped to its
lowest point Tuesday. '
"To be blunt, I don't think 111 suit up
Saturday. It's terrible for my confidence, '
Shamblin said following Tuesday's practice.
"I think it (the split end position) is real
close and the coaches have had a hard time
making decisions. Things can change
60 suit up
A recent NCAA ruling has limited teams
to suiting up 60 players. Last year Nebras
ka could suit up an unlimited number of
players for home games.
Jerry Moore, Husker receiver coach, re
fused to say whether Shamblin would dress
"We probably won't know who will suit
up until Friday afternoon," Moore said.
"Dave's main problem is timing. He's been
away from football for a year,"
Although Shamblin is listed ahead, of
Ron Nitzel on the second team, Shamblin
said he thinks Nitzel would dress instead of
, Falrbury transfer
Nitzel, transfer from Nebraska Southern
Junior College at Fairbury, entered fall
camp as the No. 1 split end, following a
strong spring game. Nitzel could not be
reached for comment. v
The latest Nebraska depth charts list
Chuck Malito ahead of Bobby Thomas on
the first team. Moore said Thomas could
Malito, a member of Nebraska's track
squad, started the Iowa State and Kansas
State games last year. He missed spring
football practice because of track.
"Spring practice is not that necessary to
me," he said. "I just need time to get my
timing back and catch the ball. I think I
have to work a lot harder than the other
guys in the summer though."
Malito said he thinks all four split ends
are very close.
"The competition is there," he said,
"and that's what athletics is all about. It's
good to have guys close to you."
The most improved split end is Thomas,
according to Moore. Thomas, the fastest of
the four, also will return punts Saturday.
"This is another chance to prove my
self," said Thomas, who temporarily quit
the team last season. "It's not a real big
chance, but it's the biggest IVe had yet."
"I think each of us split ends is trying to
put it all together," he said. "The big thing
is to contribute to the team what you do
Whoever starts at split end Saturday will
not be in the game long, Moore said.
Nebraska plans to shuffle in plays to the
quarterback using the split- ends as
Despite any headaches Moore may be
having in choosing who to start and who to
suit up for each game this year, his troubles
may not be over.
All four split ends will return next year.
Dave Shsmbiin, missed last
season with a knee injury and is
trying to regain his past form.
Five freshmen promoted
to Husker varsity squa
Rugby match set Saturday
i A home match against Creighton opens
the UNL Rugby Club season this Saturday.
"Creighton was not too good last year,"
coach Adrian George said. "They played
with a lot of enthusiasm, and we expect
them to be better this year."
The three-year old club was initiated by
Don McNulty, a rugby player who played
on a military team while he was stationed
The roster lists 45 members, of which
35 are active.
Fifteen members from last year's team
are expected to return. Games are sched
uled every weekend until mid-November,
when a greater chance of injury exists
because the ground is hard.
The game originated in Rugby, England,
in the 1850s, when a player picked up the
ball and ran with it during a soccer match.
There are eight forwards and' seven
backs on the 15 -member teams. Both for
wards and backs are eligible to run the ball.
There is no limit to the amount of time
or number of plays during which the team
holds the ball.
There are four ways to score in rubgy.
A fry is similar to a touchdown in football.
However, once the ball is across the goal
line, it must be firmly placed down and
held. A try is worth four points.
A goal attempted immediately after a
try, must be kicked from the spot where
the ball was placed back from the try line.
The ball must go through the uprights to
be worth two points. Other scoring pos
sibilities are a penalty kick and drop
kick, each worth three points.'
The game is divided into two 40-minute
halves. The clock stops only for an
Rugby players wear no protective
equipment. If a player is injured and un
able to leave the field, time is not called
until an infraction occurs.
By Scott Jones
Five freshman football players, includ
ing three defensive linemen, now are on
The two not in the defensive line,
linebacker Lee Kunz and wingback Ken
Brown, both are on the second team.
Kunz, from Lake wood, Colo., is sharing
second unit duty at weakside linebacker
with Jeff Hansen. Cincinnati native
Brown and senior Tom Heiser are the No.
Keith Bishop, from Midland, Tex., and
Mark Goodspeed, Lea wood, Kan., are
both fourth team .defensive tackles.
Lincoln Southeast graduate Kelvin
Roehrs is a fourth team middle guard.
Freshman coach Jim Ross is working
out the other 75 freshman for their first
of five games Sept. 26 against Kansas
State at Manhattan.
Ross said practice sessions are going
well, although progress has been slow in
the defensive backfield, where Lincoln
East's Bill Holmes is the only scholarship
"They've got a good attitude," Ross
said. "It's a good bunch to work with.
This team compares fairly favorably with
, past freshman teams." ,
Ross, whose six-year freshman record
is 22-2, said the linemen have been the
strong point of the squad, but without
Bishop, Goodspeed and Roehrs the de
fensive line is thin.
"I think we, had, not better backs, but
more backs and less: linemen last year
Depth charts ranking the players have
been made, but' Ross said the ranking are
Missouri, Colorado, and , Oklahoma,
who all canceled scheduled games with
Nebraska last year claiming a player
shortage, have been dropped from this
year s suieuuie. H
The freshmen will play the University
of Nebraska at Omaha junior varsity
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Marshalltown, la., Junior College, (there
-Oct.18) and Kearney State College'!
junior varsity, (here-Oct. 24). Nebraska
freshmen wiU play their last gama at
home against the Iowa State junior
varsity, Nov. 14.
Women's sports program excites director Davis
By Susie Reitz
Women's Sports Information Director -June
(Jay) Davis has gone from asking
"May I help you?" to answering questions.
The Winnipeg; Canada native gave up
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management cu twig gwu wv
Denton, Texas to come to Nebraska in
August to assume women's sports infor
mation director duties. The post was creat
ed this year, the first time a full-time
director has been hired exclusively for
women's sports at any university, Davis
Davis said she is excited about the
possibilities in sports information.' ,
"This is where it's at," she said. "It's
a rapidly growing field with new women's
sports departmentsbeing created in many
! cstn hsrs bici"i? of th$ cH2''"'j
It gives you a tingly feeling to be in on the
ground floor of a developing program.
Davis's part in that development in
cludes public relations for the women's
Athletic Dept. recruitment of women
athletes, and department bookkeeping. She
also ii rorii.12 with Aileen Swofford,.
Jtme (Jay) Dnh women's
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orti information director
Women's athletic director, to plan clinics
for high school coaches and to establish a
women's sports booster club.
UNL will have national contenders in
women's sports, Davis said, and her job is
tn 1t thi rnftdia know about them. . S
Every accomplishment of the program,
like the new women's sports logo, is excit
ing Davis said, since each indicates growth.
Davis, who attended Canadian and U.S.
schools while earning her graduate and
undergraduate degrees, said there is a big
difference in women's sports programs
In Canada, she graduated from the
University of Manitoba with a bachelor's
degree in Physical Education, a specialized
"Physical Education students were ex
pected to be proficient in basic skills,"
she said, "because the department didn't
want to have to teach those."
, .. Versace athlete ,
In college, Davis said she competed in
basketball, volleyball, track and Held, and
field hockey. She was not introduced to
field hockey until her senior year but went
on to compete with an international field
hockey team representing Canada, she said.
The Canadian and American attitudes
differ, 'she said. -
'The Canadian programs have been
developed equally for men and women,"
she said. 'There just as much attention
paid to women as men in Canada."
In the United States, the public has
been conditioned to support men's teams
while women in sports have been content
with a silent background role, she said.
.. ' I!?h school coach 1
After graduating from Manitoba, Davis
taught high school for a year in Ontario.
She coached all women's sports, including
volleyball, basketball, field hockey, track
and field, and gymnastics. . -
Davis was a graduate assistant at Wash
ington State while earning her MJS. She
taught modem dance, tennis, and field
hockey and coached golf at Washington
' While she was there, she said, the school
was going through a transition trying to im
prove the women's program with a limited
Alter receiving her M.S., Davis taught
methodology and activity courses for P.E. -majors
at the University of Toledo, Ohio.
She also coached basketball and tennis.
The program at Toledo was very impres
sive, she , raid, and is designed to show
students the needs of their body for
Davis left. Toledo for Texas Women's '
University in Denton, Texas earning her
Ph.D. in exercise physiology. She ran a
sporting goods store and coached field
hockey and badminton, aha said.
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