The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 18, 1989, Page 13, Image 12

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    iRunning back stays modest despite success
I By Jeff Apel
Senior Editor
Minnesota running back Darrell
Thompson will bring some big cre
dentials into Saturday’s game against
Nebraska, but his ego does not match
Thompson said he does not feel
special even
though he was
tabbed as a pre
season All
America selec
tion by Play
boy magazine.
The senior
from Roches
ter, Minn.,
I earned that Thompson
honor after entering this season with
the top two single-season rushing
performances in Golden Gopher his
i°^A ^ yards as a freshman and
1,229 yards as a sophomore.
Thompson also entered this sea
son as Minnesota’s all-time leading
rusher with 3,379 yards. He began his
senior year by rushing for 106 yards
on 27 carries during the Golden
Gopher’s 30-20 win against Iowa
State Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
Thompson said he keeps his ac
complishments in perspective.
‘‘I don’t see it as that big a deal,”
he said. ‘‘I can run a football, but
some other guy can hook up a stereo.
God gave everybody their own
Minnesota offensive-line coach
Jim Hueber said Thompson’s mod
esty has earned him the respect of his
teammates and of the Minnesota
coaching staff. He said although
Thompson will not admit it, the 6
foot-1,220-pounder is special.
“Darrell doesn’t think the world
evolves around him,” Hueber said.
‘ ‘Throw everything else out, and he’s
a great person and will be a success at
whatever he decides to do.”
Thompson’s accomplishments
have not gone unnoticed. Mel Kiper,
a National Football League draft
expert who works for the ESPN cable
network, said earlier this year that
Thompson will be the first player
taken in this year’s draft. And John
Pont, a former football coach at Indi
ana, Northwestern, Yale and Miami
of Ohio, describes Thompson as one
of the 10 best running backs he has
ever seen.
Minnesota coach John Gutekunst
said Thompson deserves the praise.
He described Thompson’s ability to
accelerate as “phenomenal.”
Thompson has displayed thatabil
ity throughout his career, as he was
named the freshman running back of
the year by The Sporting News in
1986. He was a sophomore All
America selection the following sea
son, and is the only player in Big Ten
history to rush for more than 1,000
yards as a freshman and sophomore.
“Darrell can get into another gear
at any time,” Gutekunst saicK “He
has quickness and shifts laterally. He
can step out of things, change direc
tion and get back to full speed in a
Thompson said the Nebraska
game will be special because he was
recruited by the Comhuskers follow
ing his senior season at John'Marshall
High School in Rochester. The prep
All-America selection said he turned
down scholarship offers from Ne
braska and Iowa so he could concen
irate on his future.
“The deciding factor was what I
could do when I was done with foot
ball,” Thompson said. “The Twin
Cities offered me a business commu
nity which I could work into. In foot
ball, you can always get hurt - you’re
one play away from a knee injury. I
made my choice knowing that I could
get hurt at any time in my career.”
Thompson did get hurt last season,
when a knee injury forced him to miss
the final game of the season. He still
finished with 910 yards, the sixth
highest single-season total in school
Thompson said he has not set any
individual goals for this season. He
said his goals are centered on the
“We want to be the best we can
be,” Thompson said.
I Alpha Tau Omega wihs intramural cross country team title
Mark Meuret finished fourth
and Eric White seventh to lead
Alpha Tan Omega to the team title
in the men's intramural cross
country meet
Alpha Tau Omega tallied 38
points to edge Harper 10, which
had 39. Sigma Nu finistied third in
the 14-team competition with 91
points, followed by Triangle with
111, Chi Phi with 167 and Phi
Gamma Delta with 205.
Douglas Lee of Team Doug
claimed the individual title by
finishing in 10:54. Andy Bruck
ner of Harper 10 was second with
an 11:11 clocking, followed by
Pat Bloomingdale of Phi Kappa
Psi, Meuret, Morgan Tynfer of
Team Doug, Joseph Cowan of
Sigma Nu, White, independents
Steve Holliday and Pat Hovey and
Adam Hodges of Harper 10.
I Beta Theta Pi captures punt, pass and kick competition title
Beta Theta PS used strong per
formances from Brad Weishaar,
Pat McMahon and Jeff Lohmeier
to capture dte team title in the
men’s punt, pass and kick compe
Weishaar punted 136 feet, 11
inches, passed 162-6 and kicked
143-5 to finish second to Sigma
Phi Epsilon’s Dffve Federspriel.
Federspriel punted 146-8, passed
161-11 and kicked 147-1 to win
the coi tion.
Me in finished third,
while Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Dave
Potumann was fourth, Alpha Tau
Omega's Bryan Schmidt fifth,
Lohmeier sixth and Delta Upsi
lon’s Rick Tetzloff sixth. f
Beta. Theta Pi won die team
title by tallyinga score of 1667-4.
Sigma Phi Epsilon was second,
followed by Alpha Tau Omega,
Delta Upsilon and Sigma Nu.
I LOSS from Page 9
Nebraska collected six hits off
Kearney State sophomore pitcher
Dana Skrobecki, but left eight run
ners stranded.
Kearney State softball coach Dan
Simmons said he was pleased with
his team’s victory. The Lopers won
despite operating without pitcher Sue
Johnson, who still is recovering from
arthroscopic surgery.
“We put the ball in play really
well,’’ he said. “I was real pleased
with our effort in the first game. In the
same sense, I was a little disappointed
in that I felt we weren’t as intense as
we should be in the second game.
“All in all, I’m pleased. Nebraska
has a lot of speed and they’re going to
cause you to make mistakes.
Simrnons said that without
Johnson, Skrobecki will do most of
the pitching this fall.
‘All in all, I'm
pleased. Ne
braska has a lot of
speed and they're
going to cause
you To make mis
“We knew Dana’s throwing real
well and we anticipate her throwing a
lot for us this fall, he said.
In the-second game, Nebraska
took advantage of Kearney State
pitcher Amy Delahunty, who surren
dered 10 hits, three walks and had
four wild pitches,
“Amy is a freshman off knee sur
gery,” Simmons said. “She got
tossed into the thick of things in a
Nebraska second baseman Mich
elle Cuddeford, a Kearney State
transfer, was Delahunty’s top neme
sis as she scored three times en route
to hitting 3 for 4 and driving in four
nins. Cuddeford singled in the third
inning and hit a two-run single in the
fourth, followed by a two-run double
in the fifth.
Junior Stephanie Skegas got the
win for Nebraska. She allowed five
hits while giving up a walk, striking
out two and throwing a wild pitch.
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