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Alexander rocks defense
plays I-back and
fullback for NU.
By Gregg Madsen
Dan Alexander needs to change his
Alexander, a 6-foot-1, 249-pound
redshirt freshman, has become one of
the most feared runners in the
Comhusker backfield after a success
ful spring football campaign.
Taking snaps at both fullback and
I-back in Saturday’s Red-White Game,
Alexander ran over and around Ne
braska defenders nine times for 89 yards
and two touchdowns; dazzling the
crowd and making his new namesake
Just call him Diesel Alexander.
“He’s like a diesel engine really,”
comerback Ralph Brown said. “He’s a
really good guy running the ball. Every
time we go after him, we try to gang
tackle him because usually we can’t
tackle him one on one. He’s that good.”
Brown didn’t have to deal with
Alexander in the spring game — both
were on the White squad—but he said
he had seen enough and been hit
enough during the 14 other spring prac
tices to know that Alexander is a legiti
mate running threat.
After a slow start in the first half
Saturday, the 42,018 fans at Memorial
Stadium also found out Alexander is a
legitimate threat by watching several
bullish, take-no-prisoner runs that
dazed NU defenders.
Alexander said he wasn’t expect
ing his second-half performance.
“I think in the first half I was really
nervous in there,” Alexander said. “I
was ready to leave. I was doing so bad.”
His nerves settled down quickly in
the third quarter when he broke through
a mass of Red Team defenders and
rambled downfield for 29 yards. He later
scored on the same drive with a power
ful 1-yard plunge up the middle.
But the Diesel was just warming up.
With 9:09 left in the game,
Alexander burst through a gaping hole
in the left side of the line and sprinted
27 yards to the end zone, cutting the
Red Teams’ lead to 31 -21.
“I saw a comerback and that was
about it,” he said of the run. “The line
men did a great job. I think that was
about the biggest hole I’ve seen all
Alexander went untouched on his
27-yard touchdown jaunt, which didn’t
come as a surprise to quarterback Scott
“When he gets into the secondary,
people can’t tackle him,” Frost said.
“And people don’t want to tackle him.”
Since coming to NU last fall,
Alexander has gained 10 pounds of
muscle and improved in each strength
testing category. He has also cut his 40
yard dash time from 4.68 seconds to
His improvements made him the
first freshman in school history to earn
the lifter-of-the-year honor from his
“It was a very big surprise,”
Alexander said. “I didn’t think anyone
would vote for me. In fact, I didn’t even
vote few myself.”
Alexander said weight training
hadn’t been a priority at Wentzville
High School in Wentzville, Mo. But
now, lifting has helped him become a
contender for playing time in the Ne
braska backfield this fall.
NU Coach Tom Osborne said
Alexander might be better suited to play
the I-back position. But for Alexander,
either position will be fine.
“I don’t have a preference either
way,” Alexander said. “I like both po
JNIU happy with way spring ends I
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under a whole lot of heat.”
Frost finished the day 7 of 27 for
109 yards, and five NU quarterbacks
completed just 16 of 47 passes. But
Osborne left the final practice of his
25th spring as NU’s head man pleased
with the offensive and defensive im
provement this month.
“We shouldn’t see a whole lot bet
ter people on both sides of the ball than
we saw today,” he said. “We were anx
ious to see how they reacted under those
Shevin Wiggins delighted the crowd
less than three minutes into the game
when he returned a Jesse Kosch punt
79 yards to put the White Team up 7-0.
I-back Ahman Green — who led all
rushers with 96 yards on 12 attempts
— answered two plays later, taking a
Frost pitch 67 yards down the east side
“I just blinked my eye and he was
by us,” rush end Grant Wistrom said of
Green’s run, which set up a 2-yard Frost
dive that tied the game at seven.
The Red Team moved ahead for
good with 14:14 to play in the first half
on an 11-play, 64-yard drive capped by
a 5-yard Frost run. Quarterback Monte
Christo then added a 4-yard touchdown
run, and reserve fullback Jeremy
Stanislav sewed from six yards out mid
way through the second quarter. Kris
Brown hit a 33-yard field goal in the
last minute of the first half to give the
Red Team a 31-7 lead.
“I was really happy today compared
to the first three scrimmages,” Frost
said. “We really took the challenge to
day and stepped and competed with the
Game Day RedTeamm 34 I
RedTeam White Team
Player Att. Yds. TDs Player Att. Yds. TDs
30 Afcman Green 12 96 0 38 Ben Alexander 9 89 1
7 Scott Frost 18 31 2 31 Willie Miller 8 33 0
Player Rec. Yds. TDs Player Rec. Yds. TDs
MlanceBrown 4 38 0 80 B%Haafke 2 13 0
89 Jeff Lake 2 31 0 86 Dorrick Roy 1 50 0
Player Att/Cmp/Int Yds TDs Player Att/Cmp/Int Yds TDs
7 ScdttFrost 27/7/0 109 0 1 FfenldsLondon 6/4/0 46 #
8 Jeff Perino 2/1/0 16 0 9 Monte Christo 5/1/0 10 0
“I think if you went back and locked
at the tape of last year’s spring game,
this year would be a lot more impres
sive on both sides of the ball.”
The Red Team gained 252 yards in
the first half and held the White Team
to minus-1 yards in the first two quar
ters, but Frankie London and Dan
Alexander ignited a third-quarter rally
that nearly led the White Team back.
The sophomore duo directed a 6
minute, 54-second, 16-play, 80-yard
drive shortly after halftime. A 29-yard
Alexander nimble through five defend
ers highlighted the possession, and the
5-foot-1, 240-pound speedster then
scored on a 1-yard plunge. London
completed a pass to Billy Haafke in the
back of the end zone for the two-point
conversion to cut the Red Team’s lead
On the next White Team possession,
London hit Travis Antholz for 23i yards,
and Alexander scored from 27 yards
out, chopping the lead to 31-21. Lon
don finished 4 of 6 for 46 yards, and
Alexander carried the ball nine times
for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
After a 24-yard Brown field goal,
reserve quarterback Jay Runty scared
on a 1-yard run with 5:32 to play, but
the White Team couldn’t capitalize on
its final possession, giving the ball up
on downs near midfield with less than
one minute remaining in the game.
“I told them that this was going to
be just like we’re going out and play
ing Colorado, or just like we’re play
ing Washington,” Osborne said. “Ami
it went about as well as 1 could have
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