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    Husker senior linemen rush into leadership roles
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that ahead of diem.”
And the best way to do that, Rucker
said, is by good example.
“There is only so much leading you
can do vocally” Rucker said. “The best
leadership comes through your actions.
You can talk the talk, but when it comes
down to it, can you walk the walk?
That’s what it’s all about”
The change in Rucker and Kelsay’s
on-field demeanor has also affected
their relationship off the field.
“We were always so competitive
because we’ve always been fighting for
the same position,” Kelsay said. “Now
we’ve got our spots and we have things
to get done.”
Rucker agreed.
“My first few years, I
joked around quite a bit, and I
don’t know if people took me
seriously,” Rucker said. “I
still joke, but I know when to
stop. There’s a time to play
and there’s a time to get
The Huskers will prac
tice with pads for the first
time this spring Friday, NU
Coach Frank Solich said.
Nebraska will then scrim
mage for half of Saturday’s
Returning Defensive Linemen
Players listed according to spring depth
chart (statistics from 1997)
Left rush end HL WL Yr. Games Tackles
ChadKeteay 63 250 Sr. 12 34
Kyle Vanden Bosch 6-4 260 So. 12 21
Brandon fcfeobe^: 65 245 So. 3 ••••• 0 :
Nose tackle HL WL Yr. Games Tackles
Steve Warren 61 3% Jr. 12 13
LuisAlmanzar 6-3 285 So. N/A N/A
Defensive tackle HL WL Yr. Games Tackles
Jason Wftz 64 310 Sr. 11 34
Loran Kaiser 65 255 So. 6 5
Right rush end HL WL Yr. Games Tackles
Mie Rucker 66 Sr. 12 38
Travis Toline 63 245 Sr. 11 7
Aaron Was .;. 62 240 Jr. S -4
Players lost: Jason Peter (DT), Grant Wistrom (RR),
Brandon Drum (NT), Derek Alen (DT), Curt Ladners (DT)
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Teamwork key focus
for track team success
By James Nicas
Staff Reporter
Team accomplishments are often
overlooked in sports with individual
However, the Nebraska track and
field team is working hard to mesh its
individual members into one of the
most powerful teams in the country.
This Saturday, the men’s and
women’s teams will travel to Fresno,
Calif., to compete in the Bob Mathias
Relays against Stanford, Fresno and
Cal-State Northridge.
Nebraska Throws Coach Mark
CoUigan said the throwers are trying to
do their part this weekend to help the
Track athletes often focus on an
individual event. Fortunately, All
American junior Scott Warren said,
team goals come first while wearing
the scarlet and cream.
“It is a conflict when I’m done in
school and only have to focus on one
event,” Warren said. “If I focus on one
event I could get a lot better. I know I
need to throw more than one event for
the team, and I am willing to do that.”
Colligan said he appreciated the
help he has received from his throwers
who want to throw in more than one
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“Normally, they say they want to
throw all these events,” Colligan said.
“So for the coaches, it makes our job
much easier. It’s not we won’t let them
throw, we just don’t want them doing
too much.”
Hard practice has paid off for many
throwers, which will lighten the load
for others, Colligan said. Nebraska
sophomore Jack Melson has provi
sionally qualified for the NCAA
Championships in the shot put with a
toss of 59-1A
“Jack is throwing farther than I am
in the shot, so that really helps us out.”
Warren said.
All-American senior Tressa
Thompson has thrown an NCAA auto
matic qualifying throw of 57-5% in the
shot put. But Thompson still wants
“For Tressa, she considers any
event she doesn’t throw lost points for
the team in the Big 12.” Colligan said.
“It is a difficult decision to say she
can’t (throw).”
The team atmosphere not only car
ries to the track and field team, but to
the entire athletic program.
“We focus on trying to help the
school as being the best athletic depart
ment in the conference.” Colligan said.
“That is very important to us.”
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