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coaches this year and thinks he would
play strong safety on defense or
wingback on offense, he said. Last
year, Strickland said, Nebraska foot
ball coach Tom Osborne told him that
he was “welcome" on the football
“I have a little better chance at
making it on the defensive side of the
ball, because I don’t have the blazing
4.4 speed,” Strickland said. “But I
love playing both sides of the ball so
I really don’t care what I play."
Strickland said that playing foot
ball was not a fleeting idea. He said he
started to think about playing football
again when he returned to Lincoln
this summer afler the baseball season
“I had a week off between the time
I got back from baseball and school
starting and I thought about it a lot,”
S trickland said. “I decided I wanted to
try and play again to see if I can still
play and to keep every option open.
“I want to play all three and then
start eliminating my options begin
ning with the sport that 1 think 1 am
making the least progress in.”
The process of elimination could
be tough for Strickland.
Strickland was the Omaha World
Herald male athlete-of-the-year in
1992 for his basketball and baseball
In football, Strickland, who was an
all-state wide receiver at Bellevue
West as a junior, drew the interest of
some NFL and college scouts before
injuring his shoulder.
Afler an all-state senior season in
high school baseball, Strickland was
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/ Class A Team,
6 AB H R RBI Avg.
59 213 56 30 36 .263
PPG pet FG pet FT pet
7.8 45.4 36.4% 72.9%
Assists Steals Career-Mgli
66 47(2nd 28 vs MU
drafted by the Florida Martins in the
31 st round of the 1992 draft.
After spending last summer in the
rookie leagues, Strickland moved up
to the Marlins’ Class A Minor League
team in Elmira, N.Y., this year.
As an outfielder, Strickland played
in 59 games for Elmira and finished
the season with a .263 batting aver
After beginning the season in right
field, Strickland said he was moved to
center field as his arm strength im-v
proved during the season. The coach
es liked his range and overall defen
Unlike basketball, Strickland said
that professional baseball is more of a
job for him since he is under more
pressure to produce from the coaches.
He also said that he feels if he
continues to improve on the numbers
/ had a week off be
tween the time I got
back from baseball and
school starting and I
thought about It a lot /
decided I wanted to try
and play again to see If
I can still play and to
keep every option
Nebraska basketball player
he put up this season, then he will
“It’s all about production at the
professional level,” Strickland said.
“As long as you keep on producing
then you will keep moving up.
“From all indications that 1 have
received, I am in the Marlins’ plans
for the future.”
In basketball, Strickland, who was
the Big Eight Freshman-of-the-Year
last season, said he has been working
hard for the upcoming season.
Strickland said he wants to be
known as more than just a defensive
player this season.
“Everyone talks about my defense,
but I am really an all-around player,”
Strickland said. “I think 1 can go out
and score and pass and rebound, and
I showed that last season.”
ON fHe photo
Nebraska basketball player Erick Strickland dribbles
downcourt during Nebraska s win over Iowa State last season.
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caught it, and I was off to the races.”
Wright came to Nebraska last year
after being named a junior college
All-American at Phoenix College in
Last year he played in all 11 games
as a backup strong safety to Steve _
Carmer, and he started when the
Huskers operated out of the dime.
He finished the season with 33
tackles, including three quarterback
Wright said last year was tough for
him, even though he played in every
game last season.
“I came here with high hopes, and
with hard work I knew! could be in
the position I am in right now,” he
said. “I had a hard time last year, but
I’m at home now this season."
The new 4-3 defense will be
beneficial to everyone in the Husker
defense, Wright said.
“I think we made a change for the
better,” he said. “Instead of one or two
guys attacking, we’ll have sixor seven.
“Once we get it down and the
games get better, the defense will
become more comfortable and work
as a unit.”
Moss said the 4-3 defense was a
change that would benefit the Huskers
in the long run.
“We adjusted well to the new
defense,” Moss said. “The defense
has gotten better and better since the
spring, and it should continue to get
The Huskers haven't shown
everything they can do with the new
defense yet, Wright said.
“Overall we weren’t expecting
everything to go perfect,” he said.
“We had trouble with North Texas
quick-sets. We all have to know what
each of us are doing.
“Communication is our key. We’re
going to have to be able to
communicate with each other and get
set right off.”
Wright said the new defense fit the
style of the Husker secondary
“We have a lot more hitters in the
secondary, and we’re more
aggressive,” he said. “We have one of
the hardest-hitting secondaries
around, and we also have a lot of good
speed on defense.
“We’re among the top secondaries,
if not the top one, in the nation right
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