The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 05, 1995, Page 9, Image 9

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Thursday, October 5, 1995 * Page 9
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Trevor Parks
Report card
looking good
for Huskers
Students here on campus have
been busy taking tests and receiv
ing grades, so it’s time to do the
same for a Nebraska football mid
term report.
We all know as students that
grades at this point of the year
don’t mean very much, and there is
a long way to go until the holiday
break and a trip to Tempe, Ariz.
So here is a position-by-posi
tion breakdown after five games.
Let’s start with the quarterback
position. Tommie Frazier has
proven again that he can run the
ball, and he’s made some nice
passes. Normal Tommie. Brook
Berringer looked great against
Michigan State, but has since
struggled and now is suffering from
a knee injury. GRADE: B+
NOw the running backs. At I
back, Ahman Green has made
people say “Ahman Green for the
Heisman!’’ He has been tremen
dous, rushing for more than 100
yards, three straight games without
a start. Damon Benning and Clinton .
Childs have had injuries and, once
they heal, look out. The fullbacks
have done well with some great
blocks and big runs. GRADE: A
The wide receivers have done a
good job. Great blocking by ev
eryone and Reggie Baul has made
some terrific catches, but again
this is Nebraska and people get
frightened to see a ball floating in
the air because they think it’s a
fumble. GRADE: B
The offensive line has been in
credible. They have put down more
pancakes on opposing players than
the International House of Pan
cakes makes- in a day. These guys
have allowed no sacks, have had
no illegal procedure penalties and
have had only one holding call.
Now on defense, the defensive
line has been effective. The Peter
brothers have clogged up holes in
the middle, and everyone in the
country is afraid of rush ends Grant
Wistrom and Jared Tomich.
GRADE: B+ ' . - *
The linebacker corps has been
impressive. There are no stars like
Trev Alberts or Ed Stewart, just a
bunch of guys doing their jobs.
The secondary has been the big
gest hole on the team. Washington
State’s Chad Davis threw for 270
yards, and Arizona State made
some-big plays against the first
team secondary. Mike Minter is
hurting, and Eric Stokes is strug
gling. GRADE: C
Special teams has gotten a lift
from freshman kicker Kris Brown.
Brown is six for eight on field goal
attempts and may become the best
piacekicker in Nebraska history at
his current rate. Jesse Kosch has
had to punt only 11 times and is
averaging 42.2 yards a kick.
Overall , the grade-point aver
age for the Nebraska football team
is .3.31, but there is still a long
semester and season to go.
Parks is a senior news-editorial maj or
and a Daily Nebraskan senior reporter
Colman tough for entire game
By Trevor Parks
Senior Reporter
After Washington State tested the
Nebraska football team for four quar
ters, Cornhusker linebacker Doug
Colman was a little more tired than
everybody else.
Colman, who usually splits play
ing time with Phil Ellis at MIKE
linebacker, was forced to play almost
the entire game because Ellis frac
tured his foot during practice Sept.
The senior from Ventnor, N.J.,
said he was tired at times, but he
didn’t mind that feeling.
“On a couple of passes I was
huffing and puffing down the field,"
Colman said. “It was one of those
things where when you walk off the
field you feel good about yourself."
Colman hasn’t had that feeling of
playing a full game for a while. Not
since he played in his home state.
Cojman was key in helping Ne
braska trounce West Virginia last
season, collecting a career-high eight
tackles in the Kickoff Classic at East
Rutherford, N.J.
This season Colman has had suc
cess as well. Colman is sixth on the
team with i 7 tackles, eight of which
were unassisted.
One of those tackles was for an 8
yard loss when he tackled Washing
ton State’s Chad Davis on a fourth
down-and-two quarterback sneak at
the Cougar 42-yard line with 3:00
remaining in the fourth quarter.
The 6-foot-3 linebacker said the
defensive call was for a blitz; and it
came at the perfect time.
“The sack at the end of the game
was a blitz called by Coach (Charlie)
McBride, and it opened right up for
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NU linebacker Doug Colman's
statistics through the first five
games of 1995
| tackles for
Opponent UT AT 1 loss/yards
Mich. St. 0 2 0/0
Ariz. St. 3 2 0/0
Pacific 3 0 0/0
.-.. -_ _....... i*..
Wash. St.| 2 4[j/8
Australian golfer has
some g’days as Husker
By Antone Oseka
Staff Reporter
Men’s golfer Trent Morrison
wasn’t going to hit the ball very far
back home. The golfer from
Brisbane, Australia, had to come
all the way to Nebraska to keep
playing golf.
“Y ou can’t play golf back home,
so I wrote away and received a
scholarship,” Morrison said. “I
didn’t know about Nebraska until
they returned a letter with an offer.
“You have to get used to it
And Morrison adjusted well
during his freshman year.
During his freshman year,
Morrison placed 12th at regionals
and missed the national tourna
ment by one stroke. This year,
Morrison said he hoped to shave
that one stroke and make the na
tional tournament.
“My goals are to keep my aver
. age as low as I can, around 74, and
make the national tournament,” he
said. “Hopefully we can make it as
a team, but if not, I can make it as
an individual.”
Cornhusker coach Larry
Romjue said Morrison had been a
good player since coming to Ne
braska during the spring semester
two years ago.
“I’d like to see him shoot a little
bit lower,” he said, “but he’s still
our best player.” •
Romjue said that Morrison
faced tough competition every
week. Morrison had a good tour
“Hopefully we can
make it as a team, but
if not, I can make it as
an individual ” .
Nebraska golfer
nament at Kansas, he said, shoot
ing a final-round 77 and finishing
in 15th place with a 6-over-par
222: As h team, the Huskers fin
ished ninth.
Morrison struggled at his first
tournament of the season at Air
Force, though.. Morrison shot a
final-round 81 and finished in 72nd
place with a 14-over-par 230. The
Huskers finished third as a team.
As a team, Romjue said that
with three tournaments remaining,
he felt the Huskers had a chance to
win all of them.
“This is the best team we’ve
had, as far as depth and quality,”
Romjue said. “I’m looking tp win
Rpmjue said he lopked fpr
Morrison to win a tournament this
year. With a finish like that,
Romjue said Morrison could gain
All-American honors.
Morrison sees himself as the
leader of the team — at least for
this week.
“R’s all pretty even. The best
player that week leads,” Morrison
said. “I’m up there, I think.”
Tanna Kinnaman/DN
Men’s golfer Trent Morrison, a native of Australia, made
the trip across the world and has emerged as one of the
Huskers’ best players.
Huskers play tricks on Jayhawks
By Mitch Sherman
Senior Editor
The Nebraska volleyball team di'd
the expected Wednesday night by
beating Kansas, but in the process,
. the Cornhuskers showed a few unex
pected new tricks.
No. 1 Nebraska, in winning its
3'6th straight game and 12th consecu
tive match, improved to 13-1 overall
and 3-0 in the Big Eight by drubbing
the 5-11 Jayhawks 15-4, 15-6, 15-2
in one hour before a crowd of 2,756
fans at the NU Coliseum.
After bolting to a 5-1 lead in the
first game, Nebraska coach Terry
Pettit inserted middle blocker Jen
McFadden into the lineup.
McFadden, who has been limited
the entire season because of a linger
ing knee injury, replaced outside hit
ter Kate Cmich, not middle blocker
Stacie Maser, who usually sits when
McFadden enters the match.
Pettit said the unusual substitu
tion allowed him to play All-Ameri
can middle blocker Allison Weston
at the outside hitter position. Weston,
who played outside hitter during the
U.S. Olympic Festival last summer at
Denver, led all players with 11 kills
and hit .444, second to Maser’s .455.
“Ultimately, we would like to have
that potential,” Pettit said. “If you
can do that in a match for three or four
times around, it allows Weston to go
out there and bang some-balls. She’s
.a big-time player on the outside.”'
Pettit said he would have used
Maser and McFadden in the middle
at the same time earlier this season if
not for McFadden’s knee injury. The
6-foot-2 junior from Dubuque, Iowa,
who did not play after registering
three kills in game one, tore an ante
rior cruciate ligament last season in
an Oct. 25 road win over Illinois.
“We have had difficulty working
on this because Jen has not really
practiced,” Pettit said. “The only balls
that she is hitting are balls in warmups
and matches. We want to get our best
six or seven-players on the court, and
we just need to get her healthy to be
able to do that.”
Big Eight to be competitive
By Trevor Parks The Wildcats, 13-3, 1-1„ cer
Senior Reporter ' — tainly have transformed their pro
gram over the past two years.
The final year of Big Eight vol- In 1993, the Wildcats were- 7
leyball could be the most competi- 25 and didn’t win a Big Eight
tivc, according to five conference match. Last season, new coach Jim
coaches. Moore helped Kansas State to a
After the first week of Big Eight 14-13 record, the Wildcats’ first
play, two teams —11-5 Iowa State winning season since 1988.
and top-ranked 13-1 Nebraska — This year, Kansas State’s only
remain undefeated in conference losses have been to Long Beach
play. State, Stephen F. Austin and Iowa
Kansas State lost its first con- State,
ferencc match 3-2 to Iowa State at Moore said the schedule his
Manhattan, Kan., Wednesday ---.
night. See BIG 8 on 11
Pettit said he was not worried about
McFadden’s health keeping her out
of the Huskers’ post-season plans.
The 1993 Big Eight newcomer of the
year has played in only seven matches
and 19 games this'season.
“I would have hoped that she had
no pain and had been here all the
time,” he said. “The doctor has reas
sured us that everything is good. She
has had some swelling, but it isn’t in
the area where she had surgery. She
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