The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 18, 1998, Page 10, Image 10

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Scouts drill former Huskers
By Sam McKewon
Senior Reporter
For two months, former Nebraska
defensive lineman Jason Peter had
waited to show off his skills to NFL
But no amount of preparation
could have prepared Peter for his
individual workout at the Cook
Pavilion Tuesday.
There was Peter, grappling with
former All-Pro Cincinnati defensive
lineman Tim Krumrie for four min
utes until both had tired themselves
out. The physical, two-man standoff
was one of several demanding drills
put on by the NFL scouts.
“The next thing I knew, I was in a
cage match with Tim Krumrie,” Peter
said. “My legs were just dead out
Peter was one of several former
Comhuskers to perform in individual
workouts for NFL scouts Tuesday.
Players had to run the 40-yard dash
and the pro-agility run, and partici
pate in weight drills along with the
NU games
From Staff Reports
The Nebraska baseball team’s
doubleheader against Missouri was
postponed because of weather
Tuesday. The Comhuskers (7-6 over
all and 0-1 in the Big 12 Conference)
and the Tigers (12-5 and 4-2) will
make up the double-dip April 1 in
Columbia, Mo. The third game of the
series will not be made up.
Nebraska will return to action
Thursday to face Chicago State at
Buck Beltzer Stadium in a double
header beginning at 2 p.m.
In other Big 12 baseball action,
Baylor first baseman Charley Carter
earned conference player of die week
honors, and Texas A&M pitcher Ryan
Rupe was named the conference
pitcher of the week.
Carter, a senior, went 9 for 12 in a
three-game series against Texas last
weekend as the Bears (15-6-1 and 5
2) swept the Longhorns (9-13-1 and
0-5). Carter drove in nine runs and
scored six while knocking two dou
bles, one triple and a game-winning
sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth
inning Friday in Waco, Texas. Carter
finished the week 10 for 15 in four
Rupe, also a senior, earned pitcher
of the week honors for the third time
this season. He tossed a one-hit
shutout against Oklahoma State last
weekend. Rupe, who threw no-hit ball
for seven innings, struck out eight and
walked one. The right-hander (5-1
and 3-0) improved his earned-run
average to 2.28 through 43 1/3
Eighth-ranked Oklahoma (15-3
and 4-1) maintained its hold on the
conference lead as the Sooners did
not play any conference games last
week. OU will meet 22nd-ranked
Texas A&M (18-8 and 5-4) next
weekend in College Station, Texas.
Baylor (15-6-1 and 5-2) ranks sec
ond in the conference after jumping
into this week’s Collegiate Baseball
Poll at No. 20. The Bears pounded
Texas (9-13-1 and 0-5) 20-4 Sunday,
but their schedule has been anything
but easy. Baylor has played in 21 con
tests against teams that have appeared
in at least one Top 25 poll in 1998.
V Iowa State (3-9 and 0-1), Texas
and Nebraska are the only Big 12
schools without conference wins.
The Huskers, who will spend a
week in Hawaii over spring break, do
not return to conference action until
j April.
vertical jumps.
Then came the individual position
drills, a set of grueling exercises that
tested not only the athleticism of each
player, but his endurance as well.
“It was much more intense than I
thought it would be,” said former
defensive end Grant Wistrom, who
posted personal bests in the 40-yard
dash, pro-agility run and vertical
The workouts took on special
importance for Peter and Wistrom,
neither of whom worked out at the
NFL Combine in February. Tuesday
presented the last chance for the two
players, both projected to go the first
round of the NFL Draft, to show
scouts what they could do.
“It was either going to be put up
or shut up,” Wistrom said. “I’ve been
pretty nervous for two months about
Scouts generally agree that indi
vidual workouts are better for player
evaluation than the combine because
of the specific drills that scouts can
put them through.
“To see them in these drills says a
lot more than any numbers at the
combine could for every scout,”
Dallas Cowboys Defensive
Coordinator Dave Campo said. “The
drills are more intense, and you get a
closer look at the players under a
competitive situation.”
Chicago Bears Head Coach Dave
Wannstedt said the workouts help to
determine how a player will react on
the NFL level.
“We’re looking at how hard they
work in every drill and how they
approach them - their attitude, in
addition to the times that they run,”
Wannstedt said. “There’s more to it
than just lining up and running a 40.”
Players who will be seniors next
season will work out today in front of
For Peter, Wistrom and other for
mer Huskers who are draft hopefuls,
another wait ensues until the NFL
Draft on April 18-19.
“Hopefiilly, I can get out and golf
so I can kill some time,” Peter said. “I
just want to keep myself busy until
draft day.”
Injured NU gymnast
anticipates return
By Darren Ivy
Assignment Reporter
Several weeks ago, Nebraska
gymnast Amie Dillman encoun
tered a critical time in her gym
nastics career.
After four surgeries to repair
her dislocated knees, Dillman
faced the possibility of a fifth -
one that would clean out dam
aged cartilage in her left knee.
The surgery wasn’t necessary
for her livelihood, but it was nec
essary if she wanted to return to
gymnastics, said Assistant Coach
Rob Drass.
After talking it over with
Drass, Dillman decided she want
ed to return to gymnastics.
“She said, ‘I want to do it,”’
Drass said. “So she had the
Dillman’s recovery has been
hard on her at times, but being
able to help her teammates at
practice and meets has eased her
As the Cornhuskers enter the
championship part of their sea
son, odds are Dillman, a junior,
will rehash the incident that
caused the injury at the Midwest
Regional 11 months ago.
She was doing a warmup
vault when the injury happened.
She landed straight-legged and
instantaneously dislocated both
of her knees.
“It was the worst injury I have
ever seen,” Drass said. “It was
devastating. Everybody went
numb. We didn’t know how bad
the injury was or if she would
ever walk or do gymnastics
For Dillman, who was on
track to be an All-American in ,,
the floor exercise, the injury has
meant a long year of rehabilita
“I’ve had to learn how to jump
and land again,” Dillman said.
But she said the sitting out has
not been as hard as she thought it
would be.
“I am just as happy when they
win not being a part of the team
as I was when I was (a partici
pant),” Dillman said. “The first
few meets were really hard, but if
I am actively helping out it isn’t
Although Dillman can’t con
tribute in the lineup, she has con
tributed in other ways, Drass
“At times the team has strug
gled this year, and Amie was able
to look at it from a coach’s point
of view and tell them what they
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NU athletes say ‘the wair
hinders top performances
WALL from page 9
“My races aren’t long enough to
run out of fuel,” Broekzitter said.
“Hitting the wall in biking has helped
me mentally in running.”
Dirksen said he sees a big differ
ence in athletes who learn to cope
with problems, especially after their
freshman season.
“All the things that were stresses
as freshmen aren’t anymore,”
Dirksen said. “They can put more
back into athletics.”
Overcoming mental and physical
fatigue within a race can be a little
more difficult, Stark said, and nor
mally depends on die “mental tough
ness” of the athlete.
Broekzitter said mental tough
ness played a big part in having suc
cess so early in his career.
“The problem is people give up,”
Broekzitter said. “There is a very
thin line that separates giving up and
going on. That’s where I make the
difference in my races.”
Belcher said mental toughness
was the biggest asset he gained
between his freshman and sopho
more seasons.
“I just learned I just have to play
through it,” Belcher said. “I know if I
start getting tired, I can’t let things
get me down.”
The importance of maintaining
physical and mental stamina among
athletes has become one of the keys
to a major college program's success,
Stark said.
With more parity among col
leges, he said, the mental advantage
is the critical one.
“The demand for quality is on a
different level than it used to be,”
Stark said. “The difference between
winning and losing often comes
down to that mental edge.”