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SCOn FROST, despite throwing for more than 1,000 yards and running for more than 1,000 yards, was named to
the third-team All-Big 12 team by the coaches and the second team by The Associated Press.
Snub motivates Frost
By David Wilson
Only the 12th player in Division I
A history to rush for 1,000 yards and
pass for 1,000 yards in one season,
Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost
could argue that, statistically, he is the
best quarterback in the Big 12
Though he received NU Coach
Tom Osborne’s vote, Frost was not
chosen as a member of die All-Big 12
didn’t even make the second team.
Frost was a third-team selection
behind Missouri’s Corby Jones and
Kansas State’s Michael Bishop.
But Frost said he’s used to not get
ting the respect he deserves.
“I don’t agree with it,” Frost said.
“I feel like I don’t get credit for much
around here. I think a lot of it stems
from the fact that not many people
gave me credit for anything last year.
When you come into a season with
that kind of attitude from the previous
season, things tend to be harder on
you, and I think that might have
something to do with it.”
Jones finished with 2,545 yards
of total offense, Bishop had 2,123
and Frost has produced 2,052. But
Frost has helped the Cornhuskers to
an 11-0 record. Missouri is 7-4 and
Kansas State is 10-1.
Nebraska’s emphasis on the run
ning game might have also hurt Frost.
The 6-foot-3,220-pound senior ranks
fifth in the conference with 1,016
yards rushing, and ninth in the league
with 1,036 yards passing.
“I think I’m playing right now
close to as well as I can play, given the
opportunities that I’m given,” Frost
said. “I don’t get to throw the ball 30
times, 40 times a game like some
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I don’t carry it as many times as an I
back, but hopefully when the ball’s in my
hands, I’m doing as well as I can with it.”
people. I don’t get to carry it as many
times as an I-back, but hopefully
wjfeen the balls in my hands I’m doing
as well as I can with it”
Frost’s threat to run has helped
NU’s rushing attack rank first in the
nation for most of the season, NU
junior I-back Ahman Green said. The
Huskers currently lead the nation
with 4,376 yards on the ground led by
Green’s 1,698 yards.
“A lot was: taken away from
Scott,” Green said. “He’s just another
weapon back there. With him step
ping it up this year, it made a differ
With one game remaining on the
regular season schedule, Frost has
already set the Nebraska school
record for most rushing yards by a
quarterback in a season. Frost ranks
seventh on the Huskers all-time pass
ing chart and also ranks seventh on
NU’s all-time total-offense chart.
“I would say over the years I’ve
been here, you’ve had (Jerry) Tagge,
you’ve had Turner Gill and (Tommie)
Frazier and Frost,” Osborne said.
“Those guys are in the same category
right now. Some of them were All
America players. In terms of level of
play for the season, he’s been there.”
Frost said he appreciated
“They did some things I didn’t do,
and I think I’ve done a few things that
they haven’t done,” Frost said. “I
don’t think it’s any accident that
Nehpska £as had good athletes at
quarterback. They go out and recruit
them and they turn diem into good
quarterbacks. And you’re still over
looking the fact that a team is unde
feated. If the No. 1 goal in football is
to win games, we’re doing it here.”
Though he has received criticism
throughout his career, Frost said he is
satisfied with his season.
“I’ve done what I needed to do to
make our team 11-0,” Frost said. “I
feel like I’ve had a good year.
Obviously, some people don’t feel
that way, but there’s nothing I can do
Green, the nation’s No. 2 rusher
with a per-game average of 154.4
yards, was named on Tuesday as one
of three finalists for the Doak Walker
Award, which goes to the top college
running back. Also named as finalists
were Penn State’s Curtis Enis and
Texas’s Ricky Williams.
Nebraska defensive tackle Jason
Peter, rush end Grant Wistrom and
offensive guard Aaron Taylor have
been named to the 1997 Walter Camp
All-America team. It is the second
season Taylor has received the honor.
Dolphins sign Lawrence Phillips
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - The Miami
Dolphins, eager to bolster their
moribund ground game, signed
troubled but talented running back
Lawrence Phillips on Tuesday.
Phillips, plagued by legal prob
lems, led the St. Louis Rams in
rushing when they released him
Nov. 20. The former Nebraska I
back was the No. 6 pick in the 1996
“I believe that Lawrence can
help make us a better football team
in the long run,” Miami Coach
Jimmy Johnson said in a statement.
“He understands exactly what is
being asked of him, and he knows
we have a disciplined program that
provides very little margin of error
for any player on our team. Under
those conditions, I’m hopeful that
he can fulfill his potential and
become a productive player for us.”
! Johnson doesn’t expect Phillips
to contribute immediately. But
with Karim Abdul-Jabbar at run
ning back,, the Dolphins rank next
to-last in the NFL in rushing.
“I appreciate the opportunity
that Coach Johnson and the Miami
Dolphins organization are giving
me, and I want to contribute to this
team in any way that I can,”
Phillips said in a statement. “I real
ize that I’ve made some mistakes,
but with this fresh start I want to
put the past behind me. I know
what Coach Johnson expects of
pae, and I will work as hard as pos
sible to justify his decision to give
me this chance.”
Terms of the contract weren’t
disclosed. Phillips’ agent, Steve
Feldman, earlier said he wouldn’t
object to a minimum salary of
$162,000 with large incentives.
To make room on the roster for
Phillips, the Dolphins placed
reserve safety Bracey Walker on
injured reserve because of a broken
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