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Hesse is best on Wonderlic test
At combine, former
Husker answers 46 of
50 questions correctly.
Out of all of the 1997 NFL draft
prospects, former Nebraska linebacker
Jon Hesse is at the head of the class.
Hesse, a first-team All-Big 12 se
lection, finished first out of362 former
college players in the mental portion
of the NFL Scouting Combine last
The mental potion of the combine
consisted of taking a test—called the
Wonderlic test—to measure upcom
ing prospects’ overall intelligences.
Athletes were given 12 minutes to
complete a test that consists of 50
questions ranging from vocabulary to
Hesse, who graduated with a 3.5
grade-point average in psychology in
December 1995 — three-and-a-half
years after he en
tered school —
and was a Burger
King Scholar Ath
lete of the Week in
1996, said the test
was notone of the
easier exams he
“It was hard,
Hesse said. “It was
a lot like the SAT,
and we didn’t have a lot of time to do
it. It was a speed test.”
Hesse, who showed his athletic
ability along with other Comhusker
seniors in front of numerous NFL
scouts on Tuesday at Cook Pavilion,
said he had an advantage going into
the test that some of the others did not.
“The Wonderlic is culturally bi
ased,” he said. “I was fortunate enough
to get a good education at a good high
school. Some guys I took it with didn’t
Hesse answered 46 of the 50 ques
In contrast, former Iowa State run
ning back TYoy Davis, who left Ames
a year early to enter the draft, an
swered only six questions right.
Hesse, 6-foot-4, 250-pounds,
doesn’t think the test is that impor
tant in determining a player’s position
in the draft. A better determinant is a
player’s physical abilities, Hesse said.
“It doesn’t hurt to do well on it,
but hey, it’s football,” he said.^The
scouts pay a lot more attention to how
fast you run the 40 and how well you
do on the agility drills than to a test.”
In his senior year at NU, Hesse re
corded 85 tackles — 32 unassisted—
starting every game for the Huskers.
Hesse said die whole scouting pro
cess in the spring has been difficult
and sometimes nerve racking.
“The uncertainty is the hardest part
of it all,” Hesse said. “You don’t know
if one team is interested in you or not.
It ends up being the guy who never
talked to you at all that drafts you.”
Being selected as a mid-round se
lection in April’s draft or becoming a
free agent are two of the possibilities
facing him, Hesse said.
Either way, Hesse said, he wants
to be with a team that has a long-term
commitment to winning.
“I’ve won at every level of foot
ball,” he said. “It would be hard for
me to go to a team where all they care
about is making money.”
fells to ESU
From The Associated Press
After getting snubbed by the
NCAA tournament, Syracuse was
looking for redemption in the NIT.
The Orangemen didn’t get it.
Florida State’s Randell Jackson
scored 20 points and LaMarr Greer
added 16 as the Seminoles beat
Syracuse 82-67 Wednesday night
in the first round of the NIT.
Florida State (17-11), making
its first postseason appearance in
four years, will play Michigan State
in the next round.
Three other Big East teams had
better results in their first-round
Richard Hamilton scored nine
of his 25 points down the stretch
as Connecticut (15-14) held off
Iona (22-8) 71-66. Pittsburgh (18
14) rolled past New Orleans (22
7) 82-63 behind Vonteego
Cummings’ 25 points, and West
Virginia (20-9) beat Bowling Green
(22-10) 98-95 as Seldon Jefferson
scored 29 points.
The Eagles had a chance to tie
at the end of regulation, but Anto
nio Daniels missed a 3-pointer at
In other first-round NIT action
Wednesday night; Michigan State
beat George Washington 64-50,
Notre Dame defeated Oral Roberts
74-58, Arkansas beat Northern
Arizona 101-75, TCU beat Ala
bama-Birmingham 85-62, North
Carolina State bounced Southwest
Missouri State 77-66, Nevada
Reno won at Fresno State 97-86
and Bradley beat Drexel 66-53.
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From Staff Reports
The Nebraska women’s tennis
team swept all six singles matches
as the Comhuskers beat Drake 8-1
NU (5-3 and 0-3 in the Big 12
Conference) did not lose a game in
all six matches. The Huskers also
took two of three doubles matches
from the Bulldogs.
Freshman Sandra Noetzel (5-3)
won in No. 1 singles with a 6-3,6
1 win over Marianne Motte. In No.
2 singles, junior Lisa Hart (5-3)
beat Lindsay Bell 6-3, 7-6. Senior
Annie Yang- (4-2) won No. 3
singles with a 6-2, 6-1 win over
Amy Hanson, hi No. 4 singles, jun
ior Jennifer Thostc won 7-5, 6-1
over Meredith Lavelle.
NU closed out the sweep of the
singles with a win by No. 5 singles
player sophomore Lara Botts. Botts
defeated Emma Edwardsson 6-3,6
0. In No. 6 singles, Adriana Dulic
defeated Aleksa Huns 6-1,6-0.
In the doubles matches, the No.
2 team of Yang and Hart improved
to 8-0 this season with an 8-0 win
over Motte and Edwardsson.
In No. 1 doubles, Noetzel and
Thoste defeated Bell and Hanson
84. The only Husker loss of the
day came by the No. 3 doubles team
of Botts and Dulic. The duo lost to
Lavelle and Huns 84.
NU is next in action at the Cal
State-Fullerton Tournament in Ful
lerton, Calif., this weekend. NU
plays Indiana State at 9 am Fri
day, duals Fairfield at 9 a.m. Sat
urday and the Titans at 1 p.m. Sun
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