The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, May 02, 1977, Page page 14, Image 14

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Osborne: satisfied with sprii
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By Jim Kay
, A hard-hitting contest that ended in a
23-21 victory for the Red team over the
White Saturday 'Signaled the end of spring
football drills;
The annual spring game was played at
Memorial Stadium before a crowd of
For one of the few times this spring the
offensive units on the field had things their
way and the scores in the game came in a
variety of ways. Head coach Tom Osborne
said he is "overall satisfied with the game
and spring practice."
"From the press box it's sometimes
hard to tell about the hitting and the in
tensity of the game,r Osborne said. "But I
think they were really hitting out there.
We're still not set at some positions but it
was a real good game for evaluating
Osborne said the Huskers may appear
short on talent, but they are long on
attitude and effort.
Like to win
"That effort and good attitude will
make up for any lack of talent," he said.
"These guys want to play and they like to
The quarterback situation did not clear
up following Saturday's game, Osborne
"My offhand judgment of the quarter
back is that no one clearly stood up," he
said. "They did some good and bad things
but nothing real bad.
"We don't have any quarterbacks with
great speed other than Jeff Quinn. He
moves the ball around well but he's
probably the fourth or fifth best thrower
on the team."
Quarterbacks Ed Burns and Tom Sorley
said they think the spring game perfor
mance was a good way to end early season
"It feels pretty good to end this way,"
Sorley said. "I was somewhat pleased with
my running game but I missed a couple of
passes I should have hit."
Positive and negative
Burns added there were positive and
negative things about his performance.
"There were a few good things," he
said. "I had a few misreads but I'm pretty
confident right now. I think I'm in a better
position, but all the quarterbacks will still
be bunched up next fall. There was nothing
resolved today."
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Photo by Ted Kirk
Wingback Earl Everett runs a 96-yard kicH. off return in the Red-White game
Saturday. However, Everett's effort was in vain as the Red Team beat the White,
sports shorts
, Scott Sorchik finished second in the
javelin throwFriday to highlight the Husk
ers showing in the 68th running of the
Drake Relays in Des Moines.
Sorchik threw the javelin 245 ft. 5 in.
to finish second behind Bob Roggey of
Southern Illinois University, who set a
Drake Relays record with a throw of 259
ft. 2 in.
The Husker mile relay team of Tom
Dovel, Scott Poehling, Pat McKenzie and
Ray Mahoney captured third in the event.
Husker Keith Whitaker placed fifth in
the 1 ,500-meters run with a time of
Former Husker shot-putter and fullback
Sam Francis was inducted into the Drake
Relays Hall of Fame Saturday.
UNL's golf team finished fifth of 18
teams in the Drake Invitational Golf Tour
nament, trailing champion Wichita State
University by 28 strokes.
Doug Smith led the Huskers' efforts
with a three-day total of 226, tying for
fourth place individually.
UNL's tennis team won one match and
lost two at the Drake Invitational Tennis
The University of Missouri downed the
Huskers 6-0 in their first match. The
doubles matches were scratched. UNL
came tack to difeat the University cf Vls-ccnsin-LaCrosse
9-0, but was eliminated by
Illinois State University 54 ia the double
elimination tournament. The team now
standi 18-10 for the year. They play at
the University cf Nebraska at Omaha
(UNO) today.
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titlca 'in the ttiaosd Vtlliy Tennis Tear-
TI-S II.:';rri tcU!:d 41 pcinti and were
just two points behind ieader, OJwV-ma
State University. However, UNL did not
qualify any individuals for Sunday's finals.
UNL's women's Softball team still was
in contention after Saturday's competition
in the state college Softball tournament.
The Huskers downed Kearney State
College 12-2 Friday in the opening round.
On Saturday, UNO defeated UNL, 3-0,
but the Huskers came back to down
Kearney 6-5 in eight innings.
The UNL crew finished eighth of 25
teams in the Midwest Rowing Champion
ships Saturday in Madison, Wis.
The University of Wisconsin won the
team title.
The crew will compete in the small
college national championships in Phila
delphia June 13 and 14.
UNL's soccer club downed Nebraska
Wesleyan University 6-2 in a game Sat
urday at Wesleyan's Magee Stadium.
Reservations still can be made for the
Rebounders Club annual banquet honoring
the J 976-77 Husker basketball team to
night. They can be made by calling the
basketball office at the Sports Complex.
Former UNL star Stuart Lsntz will
speak at the banquet, which will b?n at
7 pjn. in the Elks Club, 131 Centennial
Mali North.
UNL's Ruby Gub recorded its first
winning season in the club's six year
history Sunday by defeating the Ual
verity cf Nebraska at Omaha, 160.
The Huskers finish the season with a
9-7 record.
Saturday UNL lest the Na2b Cup to the
Or.iha Rt-by Cub, 15-6. .
Both Burns and Sorley agre3 that the
present quarterback situation was a healthy
"Randy (Garcia), Tom (Sorley),, Tim
(Hager) and I are all close," Burns said.
"We help each other out. It's good, clean
"I think all the quarterbacks did a good
job today," Sorley added. "We get along
real well because we're all in the same
position. It's a big asset we have."
Waste little time
Osborne said he will waste little time,
however, in choosing his quarterbacks at
the start of fall drills.
"It's obvious we'll have to take two
guys and work hard with them next fall "
he said. "Well maybe work with the third
and fourth quarterbacks with the top units
sometimes but it's hard to have that many
working with the first unit.
"By fall camp, we'll be set on two full
time quarterbacks with the first team and
two part-time."
Garcia was the top passer Saturday as he
hit eight .passes on 12 attempts for 84
yards. Hager was good on five of nine
passes for 82 yards, Burns tor w yards ana
Sorley for 62 yards.
Sophomore Tim Wurth was the leading
rusher with 62 yards on 10 attempts. He
scored two of the White team's three
touchdowns, both on runs of four yards.
Last season's leading rusher Rick Berns
finished with 57 yards on 13 carries and
fullback Dodie Donnell had 49 yards on
eight carries.
Scores for the Red team came on a one-,
yard run by Berns, a 39-yard pass from
Burns to junior Frank Lockett, a 74-yard
punt return by Lockett and a 36-yard
field goal by junior Billy Todd .
The other scores for . the White team,
other than Wurth's runs, were a 96-yard
kickoff return by senior Earl Everett and a
21-yard field goal by sophomore Dean
Sukup. Everett's return broke a 14-year old
spring game record for longest kickoff
return for a touchdown. The old mark of
88 yards was set by Kent McCloughan in
Split end: ASU offered
car, $200 an hour job
By Mike McCarthy
A new car and a "high-paying" job were
two lures offered to Husker split end Frank
Lockett by Arizona State University in an
attempt to recruit him, he said.
Lockett, a junior, said an ASU assistant
coach during spring break offered him a
$200 an hour job If he would attend ASU.
"I don't know if (ASU coach Frank)
Kush knew anything about it," Lockett
said. '
According to NCAA regulations,
colleges are not allowed to offer players or
recruits money, meals or cars, although
schools can find players jobs.
Lockett said the ASU offer was made in
a restaurant, but the coach did not buy
him lunch.
"He said I could have any car-any car
I wanted," Lockett said.
Despite ASU's efforts, Lockett came
to UNL in January.
Damn fool'
He said he did not consider ASU, be
cause' he considers what they said false.
"He (the ASU coach) told me I was a
damn fool to be coming to Nebraska.
"I didn't come to Nebraska because it
had a winning tradition," Lockett said.
i came here because they recruited me
the way you're supposed to."
Lockett said he was leaning toward
UNL, and ASU's offer was a last attempt
to change his mind.
Lockett said all the Pacific 8 Confer
ence schools recruited him, along with
UNL, ASU, Oklahoma State University
and Kansas State University. The All
American from Contra Costa Junior Col
lege in San Pablo, Calif., last year scored
15 touchdowns and caught 37 passes for
784 at split end.
"That recruiting, it really drove me
crazy," he added.
Lockett said the Big 8 Conference
Commissioner's office recorded some con
versations he had with recruiting schools.
Tape recorders
"1 was sitting in their office and they
had plugs into the phone, tape recorders
and everything when I was talking to
Arizona (ASU) and Oregon State Univer
sity). I was scared," Lockett said.
Lockett said ASU is now in Federal
Court concerning their offers to him.
Lockett proved his Ail-American ability
at Saturday's Red-White scrimmage.
He caught three passes for 71 yards,
one for a touchdown. Lockett also ran a
punt return 74 yards to the end zone for
the Red team, which defeated the White
squad, 23-21. Lockett's 71 reception yards
led the Huskers.
Husker coach Tom Osborne said
Lockett "has some talent but he was in
jured earlier in the spring. He's come a long
way in the last couple of weeks."
"He has good speed and when we re
cruited him, we thought he could play split
end, wingback and be a return threat. He's
still a little raw as far as learning the system
goes," Osborne said.
Plagued by two sore ankles in spring
drills, Lockett has been running with the
fourth team.
4An ego problem'
"I was going to check out and leave
two weeks ago," Lockett said. "Coach
(Jerry Moore) told me not to worry about
depth charts and just work at it."
"It's just an ego problem," Lockett
added. "I think I was number one because
I always have been."
Lockett said Moore has had a similar
"He said he's been through the same
thing when he was in college (Baylor
University)," Lockett said. "He knew he
was good but the coach had him on the
fourth team."
Lockett said he did not think he was
getting a fair evaluation by coaches when
he first came here.
"Some guys in the dorm said you had to
be rich to play for Nebraska," he said. "I
heard other stuff like that, too."
Lockett, 6-foot-l and 190 lbs., runs
40 yards in 4.5 seconds and said he. wants
to be the nation's best punt returner. He
also said he wants to start for the Huskers
at split end.
"I know the basics, but I still have a lot
to, learn" he said. "I knew I could make it.
I will be here next fall."
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