The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 23, 1996, Page 7, Image 7

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Frazier needs
to back away
from Frost talk
Tommie Frazier is back.
Tuesday, he held a press confer
ence. It should be his last, for a
while at least.
Frazier spoke about his fabulous
four-year career, in which he ce
mented his place as the most pro
ductive player in the history of NU
football. He discussed the thrill
he’ll feel Saturday when his jefsey
No. 15 is retired before Nebraska’s
6 p.m. meeting with Kansas.
He thanked all Husker fans for
supporting him, through thick and
thin. He talked about his new radio
career with Pinnacle Sports Produc
tions and his lagging football career
with the Montreal Alouettes of the
Canadian Football League.
And then Frazier did it. He
talked about Scott Frost.
Not a good idea.
At tithes, Frazier said, Frost
doesn’t pitch the ball early enough
while running the option.
“It’s not that I’m trying to put
him down,” Frazier said. “But be
ing an option quarterback, I made
a comment on it.
“I’m not trying to interfere with
what’s going on out there.”
Just by talking about Frost,
Frazier is interfering. Frazier
doesn’t realize the weight of his
own words, especially when they
are spoken before 10 television
cameras and 30 reporters armed
with tape recorders and notebooks.
Much like he has done for
weeks when asked anything at all,
Frazier should have simply said,
“No comment.”
‘Tm not around enough to be a
distraction,” said Frazier, NU’s all
time total-offense leader who made
his press box debut last Saturday in
the Pinnacle radio booth. “I try to
stay away because I might be a dis
Frost doesn’t need the grief.
NU’s often-beleaguered first-year
quarterback has enough to deal with
as it is. The last thing he needs is
Frazier, a legend one year removed,
speaking out behind his back.
Frazier s stats — 5,476 yards,
31 wins, 79 touchdowns and two
national championships — speak
volumes. Frost will never do that,
and we don’t need Frazier remind
ing us.
“Before the KSU game,” Frazier
said, “people iold me they had a
uniform for me. Of course Fd like
to be playing football, but my ca
reer is over. I have to move on to
other things.”
Just like Frazier, whose latest
bout with blood clots cut short his
three-game CFL season, Nebraska
fans need to move on. Remember,
even though you may see Frazier
high above the stadium behind a
microphone, he’s gone.
And he’s not coming back.
Sherman is a senior news-edi
torial mqjor and the Daily Ne
Matthew Watfe/DN
SCOTT FROST follows the block of fullback Brian Schuster Saturday against Tfexas Tfech in Nebraska’s 24-10 victory.
Statistics show that
Frost is the key to NU’s
offensive attack.
By Trevor Parks
Senior Reporter
A brief word from the Nebraska
offense: Don’t panic.
NU’s offense hit another bump in
the road Saturday in the fifth-ranked
Comhuskers’ 24-10 win over Texas
But it’s not time to worry about the
offense falling apart, quarterback Scott
Frost said Tuesday.
“The mark between a great offense
and a good offense is a team that can
come out and play consistently,” Frost
said. “I don’t think we’ve quite gotten
to the level of con
So far this
year, the offense
has played consis
tently good or
consistently bad.
Before strug
gling against
Red Raiders,
averaged 52
points, 377.5
yards rushing and
133.8 passing yards per game in its
four victories.
Saturday, like it did against Arizona
State, the offense took a dismal turn.
In games with ASU — a 19-0 loss
— and Texas Tech, the Husker offense
has only 26 first downs, averaging 232
yards per game. NU converted just
three third-down attempts in each
game and fumbled the ball 13 times,
losing seven.
But the Arizona State game was the
second of the season, with an inexpe
rienced offensive unit Why is this con
tinuing to happen at the season’s mid
“You think about it, and I really
don’t have any answers,” I-back
Damon Benning said. “Sometimes you
just go out there and play that way.”
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williams, Cone lead
lianks to Game 3 win
ATLANTA (AP) — Now this was
what the New York Yankees were sup
posed to do all along.
Get six good innings from David
Cone, a home ran from Benue Will
iams and let the bullpen do the rest.
It all came together for the Yankees
on Tuesday night, and not a moment
too soon. Their 5-2 win at Fulton
County Stadium over Atlanta cut the
Braves’ World Series lead to 2-1, and
put die drama back into a Series that
was on the verge of becoming $ rout
Relievers Mariano Rivera, Graeme
Lloyd and John Wetteland finished off
a victory that made the Yankees the
first team ever to win six straight road
games in the postseason.
The win ended New York’s six
game losing streak in the World Se
ries that dated to 1981 and stopped a
five-game winning streak by the
Braves, during which they had
outscored their opponents 48-2.
New York will try to make it 7-0
away from Yankee Stadium on
Wednesday night when Kenny Rogers
pitches against Atlanta’s Denny
Neagle. Rogers originally was dropped
from the rotation, but restored when a
rainout eliminated a travel day and
forced the Yankees to use four start
After losing twice at home, the
Yankees shook up their lineup, bench
ing slumping Tino Martinez and hob
bling Wade Boggs and Paul O’Neill.
Manager Joe Torre’s moves*worked.
Darryl Strawberry, Cecil Fielder
and Charlie Hayes stepped in and each
made contributions.
The Yankees broke it open with a
three-run eighth, highlighted by Will
iams’ homer, his sixth — tying the
postseason record — and Fielder’s
double off Greg McMichael.
Williams, MVP of the American
League Championship Series, had.
been hitless in the first two games be
fore an RBI single in the opening in
ning against Tom Glavine.
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NlTs Moore returns,
hopes to be leader
By David Wilson
Staff Reporter
Senior Mikki Moore returned to
Nebraska basketball practice Mon
day after missing nearly all of the
first week because of an “academic
deficiency.” *
His absence, Coach Danny Nee
said, was not a disciplinary suspen
“He just wasn’t getting it done
in die classroom,’’ Nee said. “And
we’re trying to send a message.”
Last season, Moore missed
Nebraska’s two exhibition games
because of academic problems, but
he regained his stalling position six
games into die season.
Moore started 27 games and fin
ished the season averaging 9 points
per game. He also led NU with 71
blocked shots.
In Moore's absence, Nee said,
forward Bernard Gamer, the only
other senior on the Husker squad,
and sophomore point guard Tyronn
Lue have assumed leadership roles
in the first week of practice. But the
veterans, Nee said, have performed
Moore said he hopes to join the
other veterans in helping the
younger players stick together and
play as a team.
“Last year we were lacking a
little bit of leadership,” said Moore,
a 6-foot-ll, 215-pounder who
needs 36 Mocked shots this season
to break Rich King’s school record.
“We’re trying to keep this team as
a unit so we can go further.”
After losing nine lettermen, who
combined for 56 percent of the
Huskers’ scoring last season, Nee
said true freshman Cookie Belcher
and sophomores Alvin Mitchell,
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