The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 13, 1993, Page 8, Image 8

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    Bennett calls place-kicking, punting a happy combination
By Tim Pearson
Senior Reporter
Nebraska’s Byron Bemfett originally was
recruited by the Comhuskers as a punter.
Now, after three years as a starting kicker,
Bennett finally is getting his chance as the
starting punter at Nebraska.
And Bennett doesn’t mind it one bit.
“That’s what I was originally recruited for,”
Bennett said. “As far as my role increasing,
you’ve got to be on your toes because you never
know if you’re going to punt or place-kick.
In the field goal department, Bennett has hit
five of six this season. He only had 10 attempts
all of last season.
Bennett hit seven of 10 field goals last year,
but he missed two in the Orange Bowl loss to
Florida State.
“I had a good year last year, but the Orange
Bowl is what got me at the end,” he said.
Although he place-kicked for the last two
years, Bennett said, he still took time to practice
his punting.
Mike Stigge, the Huskcrs’ starting punter
the last four years, worked with Bennett last
season, he said.
“Last year me and Stigs went half-and-halt
in practice, so I was ready to take it over when
Stigs left,” he said. .
Bennett hasn’t disappointed many with his
punting so far, accumulating an average of 40.9
yards per punt.
He said his punting goal was to keep his
average abov£ 40 yards. And, he added, he
wants to keep his net average — which sub
tracts the punt return — above 40.
“If I can stay on a roll like I am now, 1’
going to have a good year,” he said. “And I’
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planning on it because I’m a senior and hope
fully if I do real well, I’ll want to look for pro
expectations — maybe a tryout for punting.
“I don’t know if I want to place-kick in the
pros, but it looks good when you can do both.”
Bennett said he liked punting better than
field goal kicking because there was not as
much pressure involved.
“I think I like punting better because you
know you’re not scoring any points,” he said.
“Because when there are points involved, there
is lots of pressure.”
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16. Colorado _12-4
17. Illinois 9-5
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Colorado 8:30 p.m.
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Nebraska (13-2,2-1)
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MB Nicole Vranesh 5-8
OH Janine Zumerchik 6-2 Jr.
OH Staci Wolfe >10
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prepared. In preparation for Colo
rado, the Huskcrs will practice twice
in Boulder.
“We’ll have a tough practice the
night before the match, and we’ll
have a tough practice the day of the
match,” he said. “Most teams have a
walk-around the day of the match, but
we’ll have a full-blown practice.”
Colorado comes into the match
with a 12-4 record and a No. 16 rank
ing. They are also coming off a losing
string. Last weekend, they lost two
matches to No. 11 Pacific and third
ranked Texas.
Pettit said the Buffaloes were /£
totally different team than Oklahoma.
“Colorado likes to go quick,” he
said. “Oklahoma tries to physically
Overpower you. They are radically
“I think Colorado is a better team.”
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body (at ESPN) would mention that
he * s not a member of a gang," he said.
“It’d be nice if they would do it on the
air ”
Muhammad said he deserved to be
treated more fairly in the report.
“This has been an embarrassment
to me and my family and is not fair to
me or to others who are in my situa
tion,” he said. “My friends and family
know my situation, and I just want the
people of Nebraska to know it—that
I am not a member of a gang and 1
have never been.
, “I’ve worked very hard to be a
positive role model, and I hope to
continue to set a good example.”
Season stats
Nebraska's team
leaders after
five games.
RUSHING Games/ Net Yards/
Starting ATT yards ATT TD
Lawrence Phillips 4/0 57 299 5.3 3
Calvin Jones
Damon Benning
Tommie Frazier
Cory Schlesinger
l Starting No. Yards Longest TDs
) Corey Dixon 5/4 13 227 33 1
Abdul Muhammad 5/4 8 143 41 2
Reggie Baul 5/1 6 74 37 0
TrumaneBell 5/2 6 94 21 0
Gerald Armstrong 5/5 6 73 31 3
PASSING Games/ Comp - Comp -
Starting Att. Pet. Int Yds. TDs
Tommie Frazier 5/5 40/79 .506 1 539 4
Brook Bemnger 5/0 12/17 .706 0 162 2
Tr^v Alberts
Toby Wright
Ed Stewart
Mike Anderson
John Reece
Eric Stokes
Games No.
5 2
5 1
4 1
Ret. yards
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Big Eight athletic directors’ vote
ends Huskers ’ junior varsity team
From Start Reports
The Nebraska junior varsity team has played
its last game in Memorial Stadium.
Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said the Big
Eight athletic directors voted 7-1 to eliminate
junior varsity football starting next season.
Comhusker athletic director Bill Byrne cast the
dissenting vote, Osborne said.
Nebraska received a request Tuesday morn
ing for a junior varsity game with Northeastern
Oklahoma later this season but had to decline
because they couldn’t schedule around players’
classes, Osborne said.
“I don’t think we’re going to be able to work
that out because they want a game down there,
and we can’t take our players out of classes and
practices another day,” Osborne said.
“These two games will be the last jayvec
football games played — unless the rule is
changed — maybe ever.”
One more jayvec game remains this season.
On Nov. 12 in Colorado Springs, the Huskcrs
will face the Air Force Academy Junior Varsity
in a rematch of last Friday’s game, which
Nebraska won.
Injury, sickness slow three players.
From Staff Reports
Three Nebraska football players missed prac
tice Tuesday.
Tight end Gerald Armstrong, who left prac
tice early Monday, was held out of practice.
Comhusker coach Tom Osborne said he
hoped Armstrong would be ready for Satur
day’s game against Kansas State.
“Armstrong’s belter, but he didn’t practice,”
he said.
Nose tackle Terry Connealy returned to
practice after missing Monday’s practice with
a sore shoulder.
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can always play better. I never want to be
satisfied with the way I am playing because I
can always improve.”
Stewart is in his second year as a starting
linebacker, but he came to Nebraska as a free
Last season, Stewart started and finished the
season fifth on the team in tackles with 64.
Despite his success at linebacker, Stewart
said he thought he still could play free safety.
That may be an option if he is selected in the
NFL draft after his senior season.
Vit is a possibility, but then again I may
dee ide after nex t season that 1 don’ t want to play
I-back Clinton Childs was held out for the
sixth straight day because of the sprained ankle
he suffered in practice last week.
Osborne said Childs was doubtful for Satur
day’s game against the 5-0 Wildcats.
Redshirt freshman I-back Damon Bcnning
also missed practice for the second straight day
with a throat infection, Osborne said.
Osborne said that despite the injuries, the
Huskers practiced well.
“We had a good practice,” he said. “We had
a fair amount of contact.
“We’ll probably ease up (Wednesday).”
football anymore,” Stewart said. “Instead, I
might want to get on with my life outside of
Stewart expects to graduate in May with a
bachelor’s degree in psychology. He said he
planned to attend graduate School and eventu
ally get his masters degree in social psycholo
After school, Stewart said he would like to
do some kind of counseling work.
For now, though, Stewart is concerned with
continuing to improve his play on the field.
“I am ready to turn my game up a lot and start
making some big plays.” Stewart said. “We can
see if we can shut some teams down like we did
against Oklahoma State in the second half.”