The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 05, 1987, Page 8, Image 7

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    Osborne says no surgeiy for Taylor
By Mike Kluck
Staff Reporter
Nebraska football coach Tom
Osborne was relieved Sunday when
he learned that starting quarterback
Steve Taylor will not need sureery on
his left shoulder.
Taylor left the Comhuskers’ 30-21
victory over South Carolina with a
severe headache and an injured left
shoulder that was sustained on the last
play of the third quarter. He spent
Saturday night at Saint Elizabeth
Community Health Center as a pre
cautionary measure.
Osborne said it was first thought
that Taylor would need surgery on his
shoulder, which would mean that the
junior from Fresno, Calif., would be
out of action for five to six weeks.
Osborne said X-rays of the shoul
der revealed that the injury was a
strain in the acromioclavicular joint.
“Steve’s injury is nothing major,
but he will probably not play next
week (against Kansas). Hopefully,
we’ll have him for the following
week against Oklahoma State,”
Osborne said. “He should be in uni
form next week to snap the ball if he
had to.”
Osborne said senior quarterback
Clete Blakeman will start in Taylor’s
place. Blakeman led the Huskers past
South Carolina by directing three
fourth-quarter scoring drives that
produced 17 points.
Osborne said he was pleased with
Blakeman’s performance. “I felt that
Blakeman did a good job in the fourth
quarter and that we were the domi
nant team,” Osborne said. Osborne
said he isn’t worried about starting
Blakeman against the Jayhawks.
Nebraska will face Kansas Saturday
at Memorial Stadium.
“Clete will do agood job,” he said.
Osborne said the Huskers proba
bly will not use freshman redshirt
quarterback Mickey Joseph against
Kansas because sophomore quarter
back Gerry Gdowski is healed.
Gdowski had a knee injury.
Osborne said that if the Huskers do
need an extra quarterback against the
Jayhawks, they may use left comer
back McCathom Clayton. Clayton
was Nebraska’s starting quarterback
in 1985.
“Mac may practice as a quarter
back one day a week, but I first want
to visit with him,” Osborne said.
Osborne said the only other major
injury sustained against South Caro
lina was suffered by wingback Von
Sheppard, who injured his right knee
while returning a kickoff.
Osborne said Sheppard’s injury
may require surgery.
“It looked like his knee just gave
out on him,” Osborne said.
Osborne said sophomore Richard
Bell will move up on the depth chart
because of Sheppard’s injury. Bell,
who was listed as the Huskers’ fourth
team wingback before Sheppard’s
injury, caught his first touchdown
pass Saturday. Osborne said he
was pleased with the Huskers’ play
against South Carolina. He said he is
ecstatic with Nebraska’s 4-0 record.
“I figured there was a chance
where we could be 2-2, but I doubted
that. I thought there was a good
chance we would go 3 -1.1 thought we
had some chance at going 4-0,”
Osborne said. “Overall, we have had
three real tough teams to play.”
Osborne said he was disappointed
with Nebraska’s scoring ’drives
against South Carolina. He said the
fact that the Huskers drove the ball
inside the 20-yi J line four times in
the first half and came away with only
six points concerned him.
“We flittered away 10 to 17 points
in the first half. Some was due to
(South Carolina) playing well, and
some was due to our own mistakes,”
Osborne said.
Osborne said he was pleased with
Nebraska’s defensive effort, even
though the Huskers surrendered 21
points. “1 felt it was the best defen
sive effort of the year and that we
were able to consistently stop the
run,” Osborne said. “If you take the
two big plays they had out, they
would have had a great game.”
Osborne said that although he was
displeased with the way the offense
was handling South Carolina’s blitz
in the first half, he was pleased with
the way the offense stuck together.
“They had a wide blitz to keep
Steve contained, and we didn’t
handle the blitz well enough. At
halftime I was concerned. I didn ’ t feel
like I was doing a very good job of
coaching, and they were good enough
that they were just knocking us
around,” Osborne said. “Overall, I
was pleased to win the game. We
didn’t lose our poise.”
Osborne said that although Kansas
is 1-3, Nebraska will need to improve
to defeat the Jayhawks. He said he
would like to eliminate the turnovers
and penalties that plagued Nebraska
against South Carolina.
Nebraska had three turnovers and
was penalized for 93 yards against the
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NU tennis players split singles,
win two of three doubles matches
By Michelle Willnerd
Staff Reporter
The Nebraska men’s tennis
team won three of six singles
matches and two of three doubles
matches last weekend at the
Husker Invite in Lincoln.
“The matches went real well,”
Nebraska tennis coach Kerry
McDermott said. “Although we
didn’t do as well as I expected, the
guys were able to play a lot of
McDermott said he was some
what disappointed with the out
come because he was expecting
everyone to place in the top two in
the singles and doubles competi
Joining Nebraska in the three
day invitational were Tulsa, South
west Missouri State, Southwest
Baptist, Iowa State, Texas El-Paso
and Colorado. No team scores were
“All the teams are evenly
matched,” McDermott said.
McDermott said all the No. 1
singles players at the Invitational
were strong. He said that is why
Hawkan Svennson, a freshman
from Sweden who was playing for
Southwest Missouri State, de
feated Nebraska’s Steven Jung 3-6,
“We knew that Svennson was
good,” McDermott said. “But we
didn’t know how good until he
played Steve.”
Nebraska’s Robert Sjoholm
defeated Iowa State’s Ivan Srut 6
2,6-3 in the No. 2 singles compc
“I was serving really well,” said
Sjoholm. “This is the first time I’ve
played him (Srut), but I’ve
watched Steven play him.
“This tournament was flighted
and we didn’t have to play each
other, which i it different.”
Stuart Ji twin brother of
Steven and tne Huskers’ No. 4
singles player, defeated Ray Flum
merfelt of Tulsa in the Finals by
default, while Nebraska’s Brad
“Black Cat” Scheidegger defeated
Todd Hollander of Iowa State 6-4,
Steve and Stuart Jung combined
to win the No. 1 doubles title
against Robert Gonzales and Rich
ard Dobson of UTEP 7-6, 3-7 and