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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 10, 1998)
Harvey producing for NU
By Andrew Strnad
If the Nebraska baseball team was
a business, Ken Harvey would be the
The Cornhusker first baseman
has been the biggest source of capital
so far this season for the Huskers,
leading the team in 10 offensive cate
Harvey is batting .408, and has
slugged out seven homers, while dri
ving in 27 runs.
The Beverly Hills, Calif., native
also won the Huskers’ only confer
ence game thus far, with a 10th
inning home run against Kansas
While Harv ey recognizes his run
producing capabilities in the lineup,
the sophomore admitted he’s a long
way from maximizing his talents.
“There's always room for
improvement in baseball,” Harvey
said. “1 have to learn to be patient and
learn to get deeper into the count and
draw more walks instead of being so
He has only drawn six walks in 98
at bats this season, while striking out
15 times - but his on-base percentage
(.431) is third-best on the club.
Harvey and the Huskers (13-12
overall and 1-5 in the Big 12
Conference) will be put to the test
again tonight at 7 when they begin a
three-game series against 13th
ranked Texas A&M (29-11 and 12-6)
at Buck Beltzer Field. The two teams
will play a doubleheader on Saturday
beginning at noon.
I'm not the guy that does all of the
talking. ... I just do my job at the plate."
NU first baseman
Standing at 6 feet 2 and weighing
230 pounds, Harvey hopes to be
drafted in the Major League Baseball
amateur draft, but insisted that it is
the furthest thing from his mind.
Collegiate players are not allowed to
be drafted until after their junior sea
“I understand that I have the talent
to get drafted, but I don’t really think
about it right now,” Harvey said.
“We're too busy trying to play ball,
and that’s what’s most important right
Harvey said he wasn’t drafted out
of high school because of a rotator
cuff injury he suffered while pitching
when he was 13.
Last year, Harvey impressed
scouts and teammates alike with a
strong performance in Big 12 games.
Harvey hit an eye-popping .481,
which was 75 points better than any
body in the conference.
One teammate who noticed
Harvey's talents was junior shortstop
“Last year you could see the
potential he had, especially in the sec
ond half,” Schmidt said. “He was
Harvey hit .388, with five homers
and 28 RBIs in his freshman cam
paign. His freshman batting average
and slugging average of .641 were
both school bests for freshmen.
Not only has Harvey improved
from his freshman season, but
Schmidt said he’s noticed changes in
Harvey off the field.
“When we came back from
Christmas, I could see that he grew as
a person,” Schmidt said. “Last year
he would be rattled if we were picking
on him or making fun of him. This
year he’s real calm, settled down, he
does his job, and it’s tremendous.”
Now that he’s a sophomore, and
one of the team's biggest threats,
Harvey is beginning to assume some
what of a leadership role.
Harvey said his leadership does
n’t come from his mouth, but from his
bat, where he feels he's more effec
“I’m not the guy that does all of
the talking. That would be Bryan
Schmidt,” Harvey said. “I just do my
job at the plate.”
Schmidt welcomes the role as the
team’s vocal leader, and at times
becomes Harvey’s spokesperson.
“He told me one time, ‘Schmidty,
the one thing I like about you is
everything I want to say, you do say.”'
NU FIRST BASEMAN Ken Harvey leads the Cornhuskers in 10 offensive cat
egories this season. After having a doubleheader rained out Wednesday,
NU plays host to 13th-ranked Texas A&M tonight at 7.
Texas recruit signs
By Sam McKewon
The Nebraska men's basketball
team added another player to its list of
1998 recruits Thursday by way of the
Lone Star State.
Louis Truscott, a 6-foot-7, 190
pound forward out of Milby High
School in Houston became the third
player to sign with the Cornhuskers
after considering Louisville and Lamar.
Truscott joins 6-4, 205-pound
guard Rodney Fields of Tyler Junior
College as the second recruit out of
Texas. The other recruit is 6-9, 215
pound forward David Murray of Mesa
(Ariz.) Junior College. Both Fields and
Murray signed in the fall.
Named the No. 63 high school
prospect by Hoop Scoop magazine,
Truscott averaged 17.2 points and 11.1
rebounds for 26-4 Milby.
NU Coach Danny Nee said
Truscott is an exciting player who
could contribute right away.
He s the type or player who can
help you in a number of ways,” Nee
said. “He can run the floor well and is
an excellent leaper”
Truscott has the qualifying test
score on his college entrance exam but
still must receive the qualifying grades
to be eligible next season.
If anyone’s selling the idea that
Nebraska will suffer after losing point
guard Tyronn Lue, Fields isn’t buying.
Fields said he sees Nebraska mak
ing a big move in college basketball
next season, despite losing Lue.
“Everything ran through Tyronn
last season because he was such a great
player,” Fields said. “Next year every
body has to step it up, including me. If
we do that, we could be a great team.”
Fields originally wanted to play for
the Huskers out of high school in
Tampa, Fla., but went to Tyler because
of academic problems.
In two years, Tyler Coach Kyle
Keller said, Fields has turned into a
“He's improved by leaps and
bounds, especially in shooting,” Keller
said. “He's a great finisher, and he com
petes on every possession.”
After averaging 15 points, six
rebounds and three assists per game for
Tyler (15-17) last season. Fields said he
will arrive in Lincoln this summer to
learn the offense.
That time can’t come soon enough,
“Playing m Texas for two years has
wore on me a little bit,” Fields said. “1
just want to get a little time in this sum
For Murray, Nebraska is a long way
from his origins in the Bronx, N.Y.
Mesa Coach Joedy Gardner described
Murray as a “quiet kid” with an
1 his kid can really run the tloor,
Gardner said. “He fits Nebraska well.
His athletic tools are incredible.”
Gardner said Murray, who picked
NU over Rutgers, Xavier and Fresno
State, averaged 16.5 points, 15
rebounds and 3.2 blocks last season and
shot 66 percent from the field.
The only concern with Murray is
his weight. At 215 pounds, Murray will
have to gain weight to be effective at
Division I, Gardner said.
“There’s no dorm system here in
Mesa, so David lives on junk food - 99
cent hamburgers, if he can get them,”
Gardner said. “That’s not going to keep
any weight on.”
Nebraska is continuing to look for a
point guard to replace Lue. After sign
ing Truscott, NU is now at the 13
scholarship limit and would need a cur
rent Husker player to transfer if it added
a point guard.
The Huskers are still m the running
for Lamont Perry, a point guard out of
Southwestern College in Chula Vista,
Lafleur steps up as new punter
Bill Lafleur has been waiting for
this year all his life.
A senior from Norfolk, Lafleur
is ready to make the most of his final
year at Nebraska. Lafleur has finally
earned what he's wanted since he
came here in 1994: a starting posi
tion on the football team.
Lafleur, who holds the
record for the punter position, will
replace departing senior Jesse Kosch
as the punter for the 1998 season.
“I guess since the day I got here
the goal has been to start,” Lafleur
said. “Now it’s really more of a focus
than a thought.”
Lafleur’s three-year experience
as backup to Kosch will play an
important role in his transition from
second string to starter.
And Lafleur, who booted one
punt 40 yards last year, is confident
he can make the transition smoothly.
“When Kosch started and I
backed him up, I phased into the
backup role,” Lafleur said. “I knew
that if he got hurt or couldn’t play for
some reason I could step in. I think
the coaches had confidence in me.
They thought - and I knew -1 could
do a good job if he went down.”
Kickers Coach Dan Young
shared Lafleur’s confidence.
“Bill will do real well,” Young
said. “He’s got a very strong leg, and
he probably has more distance than
Jesse. Bill is a competitor and an ath
lete. He’s got everything we’re look
Last year, Lafleur said he knew
he was next in line as punter and saw
his opportunity coming. Now that
Lafleur has secured a starting posi
tion, he said he feels more pressure
has been placed upon him.
Lafleur said last season during
practice, Young would remind him to
be ready for the starting position this
Those reminders motivated
Lafleur to focus on football more.
He spent a lot of time during the win
ter lifting and working on condition
“I’d like to say I've been working
hard before,” Lafleur said. “This
year is my year. This is the last year
I'm going to have, and I’m trying to
put everything I have into every
Having played in two games last
mam oosiacie -
next fall will
be his lack of
L a f 1 e u r
should be able
to handle the
time we play
our first foot
going to total
ly go out and
be thrown into
the fire with
out any game experience.
Brown, who owns nearly every
place-kicking record at Nebraska,
returns for his final year as well. Last
season, Brown was second on the
team in scoring with 116 points.
“It’s going to take a little time for
the special teams to get adjusted,”
Brown said. "But that’s what spring
football is all about - getting the cob
webs worked out so we’re ready for
The special teams will have a lot
of transitions to deal with this sea
son, including a new snapper, holder
and punter, Young said.
“We’ve got enough good athletes
who care about playing on special
teams,” Young said. “They know the
importance of special teams, and
I’m sure we’ll be as good as we’ve
Returning specialists [
Players listed according to spring depth chart
(statistics from 1997)
Kicker Ht. Wt. Yr. Field Goals PAT
Kris Brown 5-10 205 Sr. 18/21 62/62
Dan Hadenfeldt 5-11 200 Jr. 0/0 2/2
Punter Ht. Wt. Yr. Punts Yards
Bill Lafleur 5-11 200 Sr. 1 40
Dan Hadenfledt 5-11 200 Jr. 0 0
Kick Returner Ht. Wt. Yr. Returns Avg.
Joe Walker 5-10 200 So. 15 25.9
Shevin Wiggins 5-11 200 Sr. 9 27.0
Kenny Cheatham 6-4 210 Sr. 1 23.0
Punt Returner Ht. Wt. Yr. Returns Avg.
Shevin Wiggins C 5-11 200 Sr. 19 11.6
Lance Brown 5-11 190 Sr. 3 9.0
Bobby Newcombe 6-0 195 So. 12 20.3
Kicker: Frankie London
Snapper: Dominic Raiola, Russ Hochstein
Letterwinners lost: Jesse Kosch (P), Ted Retzlaff (K),
Kyle Henson (snapper), Brandon Drum (snapper).
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