The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 14, 1994, Page 7, Image 7
Nebraskan Thursday, April 14, 1994 SPORTS Jon Waller/DN Nebraska safety Tony Veland warms up before Wednesday’s practice at Memorial Stadium. Veland said he didn’t plan to make the switch back to quarterback anytime soon. Playing it safe Player changes positions to avoid injuries By Derek Samson Senior Reporter Tony Veland had to try some thing different. After two straight season-end ing injuries halted his chances at quarterback, Veland decided it was time to test his luck at safety. “The opportun it ies I had at quar terback were there, but there was just something that wasn’t letting me accomplish what I wanted,’' Veland said. “It was a decision I made on my own. I thought if I started delivering the licks instead of taking them. I’d stop getting hurt.’’ Veland, who is silting out of spring practice while he rehabili tates his knee, said he needed a change of pace. And, he said, he could use a change of fate, too. Veland, who will be a junior in the fall, became the No. 1 quarter back duringspring practice in 1992 as a freshman, after redshirting in 1991. But Veland broke his collar bone in an August scrimmage, which took away most of his sea son. Last season, Veland injured his knee in the fall, ending his sopho more season as a Huskcr. “I’m always in the thick of things, battling for No. 1, and then something happens and I’m hurt for most of the season,” he said. ‘‘By the time I make it back, it’s the end of the season, and I’m at the bottom of the depth chart. I just want to play now. I don’t care where it is. ‘‘It’s been kind of hard, espe cially when I’m by myself, not to think of what’s happened in the past.” The Nebraska quarterback has been an endangered species during spring practices asTommie Frazier, Brook Berringerand Matt Turman See VELAND on 8 Coaches patiently await spring crop Nebraska still after some post players as signing period begins By Mitch Sherman Staff Reporter The first day of the spring signing period for basketball recruitshas come and gone, and the Nebraska basket ball team has nothing new to report. “We haven’t signed anyone,” Coach Danny Nee said Wednesday afternoon. “But it is not unusual or alarming to not sign anyone on the first day.” The spring period runs from April 13 to May 15. Nee said the Cornhuskers, who have three scholarships avail able, plan to hand out one or two this spring. The Husker coaches missed out on a few big players they were reportedly recruiting. John Jackson from Butler County (Kan.) Junior College com mitted to Mississippi. Jermaine Tho mas of Tyler (Texas) High School turned down the Huskcrs in favor of New Mexico. Despite failing to sign those play ers, Nee said, the Huskers plan to haul in a couple of post players. One player Nebraska is still pursu ing is Northeast Oklahoma A&M for ward Ray Poindexter. NEO coach Lonnie Spencer said Poindexter, who will visit Nebraska this weekend, may not be the answer tothe Huskers’ need for a power player inside. Despite his height, the 6-foot-11 inch, 220-pound Poindextcr“docs not have a post-man mentality,” Spencer said. — it (Nebraska assistant coach) Gary Bargen has done an excellent job of recruiting Ray. Right now, / honestly do not think that he (forward Ray Poindexter) has made up his mind. — Spencer Northeast Oklahoma A&M coach -99 ~ “I just don’t sec him banging in side in the Big Eight Conference,” he said. “If he is dedicated and he cats well and gets stronger, he could. But right now, he just isn’t that type of player.” Poindexter, who averaged 12.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season at NEO. will visit Tulsa next weekend, Spencer said. Tulsa coach Tubby Smith, who turned down an offer to coach Okla homa on Wednesday, has done a good job of recruiting Poindexter, Spencer said. But so has Nebraska, he said. “(Nebraska assistant coach) Gary Bargen has done an excellent job of recruiting Ray,” Spencer said. “Right now, 1 honestly do not think that he has made up his mind.” During the fall signing period. Nee signed four high school players: Chad Idcus, a 6-foot-7-inch forward from Adams; Andy Markowski, a 6-foot-8 inch forward from Ord;Chcster Surlcs, a 6-foot-8-inch guard-forward from Saginaw, M ich.; and Leif Nelson, a 6 foot- 10-inch center from Riverside, Calif. NU hires new football orhcial From Staff Reports The Nebraska athletic department named a new associate athletic direc tor for football operations on Wednes day. Steve Pederson, who currently holds a similar job at Tennessee, will fill the hole left by Dave Gillespie, who accepted an assistant coaching job at Kansas on April 4. Pederson will perform administra tive recruiting coordinating duties for Nebraska. “We are glad to have him,” Comhusker coach Tom Osborne said. “I was a little surprised. I didn't know it was going to happen until this after noon.” Pederson, who is from North Platte, served as Nebraska’s recruiting coor dinator and administrative assistant under Osborne from 1982 to 1986. He left athletics in 1986, only to return two years later as Ohio State’s recruiting coordinator in 1988. Pederson then joined Tennessee’s staff in 1991 as recruiting coordinator and was named the Tennessee assistant athletic director a year later. “I think he is a very bright, very innovative guy,” Osborne said. “He can benefit the athletic department in many ways. I’ve been impressed with the job he has done at Tennessee.” Grab a pop tart, as gerbil and gerbil-brains toast 1994 My gerbil Mookieand I were loung ing around this weekend, wondering about this summer and how we were going to stay out of prison and stuff. That’s when 1 realized this is my last column for the year. The summer — that robber of my expressiveness, that thief of creative outlets, that six letter word with two humpbacks in the middle—is coming, and I’m a goin’. Mook and I then got reflective. We’ll miss so many things about this wonderful, exciting and beyond groovy year. Thus, I’ve compiled an abbreviated list of the loves we will soon leave behind. So sit back, grab a pop tart and let me take you for a stroll down neurosis lane. I will be reminded throughout the summer of all my hopes that never came to fruition. There was my challenge of a one on-one game to Nebraska women’s basketball player Meggan Yedsena. She failed to accept my offer. But 1 understand. She’s a busy student-athlete. Her life’s probably too routinizcd to get a silly game with me and Mookie in. I mean it’s prob ably like: Basketball, study, basket ball, study, wish Karen Jennings was still here,cry,study(yougetlapictura). See, the life of a point guard isn’t so easy. But she’s still a wussy. Mook just reminded me of the marriage proposals I have out there. Boy, will I miss those. An update on my proposals: I cur rently have marriage offers on the table to Nancy Kerrigan, volleyball player Ali Weston and golfer Kim Lefler. I also had one issued to gymnast Jennifer Hawkinson, but 1 guess 1 can’t talk about that due to that... uh ... what do ya call it ... oh yeah ... restraining order. The “Hawk” has a Beau Finley strange way of showing affection. Perhaps the toughest thing to say goodbye to is women’s golf. The Husker hacker squad epito mizes everything good about college athletics. They’re players, students and campus leaders. This team knows about adversity. I mean, sometimes they make bogeys and sometimes they’re in the sand. But do they allow this to get to them? Negatory, Daddy-O. They’re unflap pable. They look those three-footers in the eye, unflinching, and drain the putt like a cheap bottle of wine. These Comstrokers know courage. Oh, do they know courage. Do you know why? (Its rhetorical, so don't answer. I’m on a roll). It’s because they’ve faced their fear and domesticated it. In fact, they now call their fear “Walter.” MaybeChuck Barkley doesn’t want to be a role model. I say let that tub of goo with a little shooting touch go. Players like Nebraska superpower Heidi Wall are the real role models. I tell you,just sitting here realizing how special and privileged my cover age of the Huskah Hammers was gets me all misty. In fact, Mook is weeping openly. I want to throw a big hug around the whole team. I just hope they put their putters down first. Finally, I’ll miss that Kevin Ramackers. For the three of you who actually have read my column for the past year, you know that I’ve joked around with Kevin on many occa sions. Sometimes 1 even went overboard, especially the time I said he should ice skate in the Olympics with Tonya Harding. Or the time I joked that he showered weekly. Or the time I quipped that he scared his teammates with his nakedness. Or the time I imagined him getting frisky while playing Husker Twister. But Mr. Ramaekers has shown an exceptional degrceofrestraint in deal ing with my satire, probably more than I would have shown in a similar situation. Ramaekers has demonstrated that he’s not only a talented player but also a tremendously good-natured man. But I’m still prettier. Flaky li a tint-year law student and a Dally Nebraskan columnist.