The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, July 02, 1992, Summer, Page 7, Image 6

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Leodis Flowers in action in Memorial Stadium.
Flowers bloom in Miami
By Jeff Singer
Senior Editor_____
The Miami Dolphins are hoping
flowers will bloom this fall.
And Leodis Flowers, a former run
ning back at Nebraska, is hoping he
has as big of an impact with the Na
tional Football League’s Dolphins as
he did with the Cornhuskcrs two years
Flowers, who signed on as a free
agent with Miami this spring, was
Nebraska’s leading rusher in 1990
with an average of 104.4 yards per
game, earning him second-team All
Big Eight honors.
but the Omaha native said he icit
the Huskcrs following a successful
junior year because he had to deal
with a lot of things off the field and
wasn’t able to concentrate on foot
After working at several tempo
rary jobs to pass lime. Flowers said he
kept in touch with Nebraska Running
Backs Coach Frank Solich to find out
when NFL teams would be coming to
Nebraska to look at players. Flowers
got his opportunity to perform for the
Dolphins in March, and Miami conse
quently offered him a one-year con
tract in April.
Flowers is currently on Miami’s
second-string squad, and said the hard
est thing to adjust to is playing in the
Dolphins’ pass-oriented system after
performing for the run-dominated
“I’m just learning the system right
now, because they pass a lot out of the
backficld, and I think I caught all of
two passes in Nebraska,” Flowers said.
Flowers said gelling the opportu
nity to play pro football is a dream
come true.
“Every kid that ever plays football
wonders if he can make il to that level;
it’s great to finally gel that opportu
nity,” Flowers said.
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Peeler wrong choice for conference
Il looks like the Big Eight confer
ence has started to use justice in se
lecting its male athlete of the year —
criminal justice that is.
Anthony Peeler, who has recently
been trying to match his criminal
records with his athletic records, was
honored as the Big Eight’s top male
athlete last month, which served as
both an injustice and embarrassment
to the entire conference.
Two weeks ago, Peeler pled guilty
to a felony weapons charge and two
misdemeanor assault charges on a 20
year-old woman, and followed that
incident with another assault charge
on a 19-year-old woman (Peeler was
acquitted of the second assault).
So how does the conference repri
mand the Missouri basketball star for
his actions off the court? By naming
him the Big Eight’s top athlete, of
The groups that should be offended
by the award are not the other Big
Eight athletes nor the conference’s
coaches, rather the numerous
women’s organizations throughout the
nonoring recicras me Dig Digm s
top male after he was charged with the
two assaults on the coed women is
like recognizing Los Angeles Lakers
Forward James Worthy as husband o(
the year after he was arrested two
years ago for hiring two prostitutes in
And in a twist of ironies, Peeler
was chosen as the 15th pick in last
week’s NBA draft by — you guessed
it — the Lakers.
But at least there are some teams in
the National Basketball Association
who can see the importance of having
athletes who represent their team well
both on and off the court, as an execu
tive with the Portland Trail Blazers
said it would be an embarrassment to
announce that Peeler was the club’s
choice in the draft.
So, you ask, who should’ve been
named athlete of the year over Peeler?
Well the choices arc small yet under
Oklahoma Stale forward Byron
Houston would’ve been an excellent
choice, as he shattered numerous
school records as a Cowboy in help
ing lead the school's basketball team
to national prominence.
Another cand idate wou Id ’ ve been,
Husker fans control your laughter,
Colorado quarterback Darian Hagan.
He helped lead the Buffaloes to a
national title in 1990, and without
Hagan, the Buffs would still be annu
ally competing with Iowa State for
that elusive third-place finish in the
Big Eight.
Remembering that the award is
based on an athlete’s contributions to
his team over his four years of eligi
bility, it becomes easier to see why
these two men would make for a
better choice. After all, both Houston
and Hagan helped resurrect their teams
into national powers after some shaky
years before they arrived, while Mis
souri was a power before Peeler, dur
ing Peeler and will be after Peeler.
Next time, the Big Eight should be
more careful in selecting its athlete of
the year, since this year’s choice only
hurts the already-qucstionable repu
tation of the conference.
Next thing you know, Jeffrey
Dahmcr will be honored as the nation ’ s
chef of the year.
Singer is a senior news-editorial and political
science major and is the Summer Daily
Nebraskan’s copy desk editor and a senior
sports reporter.
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