The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, August 26, 1987, Page 12, Image 12

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Husker is arrested
By Mark Derowitsch
Senior Reporter *
Chuck Green
Senior Editor_
Nebraska defensive end Broderick
Thomas was arrested by Lincoln police
officers Monday night on a bench war
rant and resisting arrest.
Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said
he didn’t know what disciplinary action,
if any, would be taken against Thomas.
He said that play
ers convicted of 4
drug charges or
felonies are usually
suspended from the
team, but added
that the resisting
arrest charge _
Thomas faces is a
misdemeanor. Thomas
“The difficult thing I’m faced with is
the perception some people have that
at hletes get away with murder,” Osborne
said. “Some people are going to say,
‘He's Broderick Thomas, and nothing
will happen to him.’
"Sometimes, though, I find that if
you’re an athlete, you can get away with
even less than you could if you were
just a regular student,’’ Osborne said.
Lincoln police Lt. Ervin Portis said
that the officers located Thomas Mon
day night about 9 p.m. and arrested
him for failure to comply with a past
court order for a moving violation.
Portis said that Thomas resisted the
officers, who then charged him with
resisting arrest.
Osborne said in a press conference
Tuesday that he did not yet know all
the details, but had talked to Lincoln
Police Chief Dean Leitner Tuesday
morning. Osborne said what Thomas
told him matched what Leitner told
Osborne said Thomas told him the
police approached him about a moving
violation that he allegedly had not
paid. Osborne said Thomas told the
officers he had paid the violation.
Osborne said Thomas told him that the
clerk at the office said there were no
further payments.
Thomas said he showed the police
receipts from when he paid the cit
ation, but they insisted that they still
had to arrest him, Osborne said. Tho
mas said he would drive downtown and
make the necessary payment, Osborne
said, but the officers wouldn’t let him
take his car.
“They said he had to ride along in
the police car,’’ Osborne said. “Broder
ick didn’t like that very much. He tried
to go back into his apartment and the
police blocked the door. There was a
scuffle and he went downtown after
Osborne said that Thomas requested
a telephone call to him or Nebraska
defensive ends coach Tony Samuel, but
the request was denied.
Portis said Thomas was handcuffed,
and leg restraints were applied.
“I’m glad it didn’t get worse than it
did," Osborne said. “1 certainly don’t
condone what happened, but Broderick
is an emotional guy. He’s not a bad
person, but he does have a short fuse.
“If he feels he’s getting the short
end of the stick, he’s hard to deal
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Sun Devils
hope to keep
NU wishing
By Chuck Green
Senior Editor_
Nebraska’s football team will try
to accomplish something this fall
that it never has before — leave sun
Devil Stadium with a win.
In 1975, Nebraska lost to Arizona
State 17-14 in the Fiesta Bowl, In
1986, the Huskers faced Michigan
on New Year’s Day and lost to the
Wolverines, 27-23.
But Arizona State coach John
Cooper said he hopes to keep Ne
braska’s losing streak in Tempe,
Ariz., alive.
“Nebraska is one of the most
respected football programs in
America, and it’s a real pleasure to
be playing them,” Cooper said.
Cooper said he didn’t think Sun
Devil Stadium had any “jinx” on
Nebraska, but also said that Nebras
ka coach Tom Osborne “might use
the 0-2 record as an incentive for his
“Most of the time, we’d have an
advantage over other teams because
of the heat down here," Cooper said,
“but no one has an advantage over
Nebraska because of the numbers
game. They’re so deep in every
Cooper said his biggest concern
this season is finding a replacement
for graduated quarterback Jeff Van
Raaphorst, who led the Sun Devils
to a 10-1-1 record last season and a
Rose Bowl victory over Michigan.
Cooper said Danny Ford, who was
Van Raaphorst’s backup last sea
son, and John Walker are the top
two candidates for the signal cal
ling duties this season.
Fullback Channing Williams, who
rushed for 540 yards last season,
and tailback Darryl Harris return.
Harris rushed for 1,042 yards in
1986. Aaron Cox, an all-Pacific Ten
Conference selection last season,
returns to his split end position,
while Chris Garrett, a 6-foot-4, 204
pound junior, will begin the fall at
the wingback position.
The top two tight ends for Ariz
ona State are freshmen Jeff Johnson
and Ryan Me Reyn olds.
Cooper said the biggest rebuild
ing job this season for the Sun Dev
ils is on the offensive line. Arizona
State lost both tackles and its cen
ter from last season. Scott Kirby, a
6-5, 27frpound junior, and Fedel
Underwood, a 6-4, 299-pound
sophomore, are the front-runners for
the starting tackle positions, while
junior Steve Spurling, 6-3, 254
pounds, appears to be the top pros
pect at center, Cooper said.
Guards Todd KaJis and Randall
McDaniel return to their starting
positions. Cooper said he thinks
McDaniel has a good chance to
become an All-America this season.
Defensively, Cooper said, the big
gest holes to fill are on the defen
sive line. Tackle Shawn Patterson,
another player Cooper said he thinks
is a legitimate All-America candi
date, anchors the line at one tackle
position, while Wichita State transfer
Mark Dukens could "step right in"
and play at the other tackle spot,
Cooper said. Middle guard will be
filled by Richard Davis, a 6-1, 290
pound sophomore, Cooper said.
Inside linebackers Greg Clark
and Stacy Harvey return, but Cooper
must find replacements for the out
side linebacker positions. Freshmen
Teriy Johnson and Kerry McDaniel
are the top two candidates.
Arizona State will have an expe
rienced defensive secondary. Two
year starters Anthony Parker and
Eric Allen return to the corners.
Robby Boyd returns to his
starting roverback position, while
Bernard Jones and Jeff Mahlstede
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