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Three share No. 1 spot at l-back
By Sam McKewon
As the quarterback controversy
ended in the spring for the Nebraska
football team, another position battle
may start brewing this fall.
When the post-spring depth chart
was released Tuesday, it revealed a
three-way tie for the top 1-back spot
between sophomore DeAngelo
Evans, sophomore Cor re 11
Buckhalter and sophomore Dan
“Going into fall camp, any one of
those three guys could go in being
the starter,” Solich said. “I think 1 and
(NU Running Backs Coach) Dave
Gillespie feel the same way on that.”
Solich, who coached the running
backs for 13 seasons before taking
over head-coaching duties in
January, said Alexander progressed
quickly this spring. The native of
Wentsville, Mo., rushed for 101
yards and two touchdowns on 15
carries in scrimmages this spring.
Alexander also tested out physi
cally better than any Cornhusker,
scoring 3.114 performance index
points, 216 points ahead of second
place Chad Kelsay.
“Dan got about everything out of
a play that he could," Solich said.
“We were real pleased with his play.”
Evans did not get many carries in
scrimmage work this spring. Still
recovering from a pelvic injury he
suffered in October 1996, Evans got
spot duty in two scrimmages before
an ankle injury kept him out of most
of the Red-White Spring Game.
Solich said Evans, who had 11
carries for 65 yards in three scrim
mages, is near his freshman form,
We ve got a lot of quality athletes there.
They 11 need to stay on top of their game. ...”
when he ran for 776 yards and 14
“When we watched practice
tapes, 1 saw him making the kind of
cuts and moves that he made as true
freshman,” Solich said. “We started
him off a little slow, so he had fewer
Buckhalter was the backup to
Ahman Green most of last year. After
running for 313 yards and six touch
downs in 1997, Solich said he ran
hard this spring.
When fall practice begins, Solich
said, any player could surface to the
top of the depth chart. Solich said he
does not know' what kind of race to
expect in August but promised that
whoever wins the job will have to
“We've got a lot of quality ath
letes there,” Solich said. “They’ll
need to stay on top of their game in
order to be the starter.
“What kind of race that will be, I
Huskers make strides under Van Horn
By Andrew Strnad
When Dave Van Horn was hired
as Nebraska’s baseball coach on Jan.
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Van Horn came to Lincoln from
Northwestern (La.) State, and had
just 35 days to prepare the Huskers
for the team’s opening season series
The Huskers lost all three games
of the opening series, but bounced
back quickly to a start of 6-4 after 10
“We were really just getting to
know each other right as the season
started, which might have been a fac
tor to our slow start,” Van Horn said.
NU was predicted to finish near
the bottom of the 11-team Big 12
Conference, but the Huskers have
surprised many teams this season,
including some of the conference
Pitching Coach Rob Childress
followed Van Horn to Nebraska and
said the Husker pitching staff is what
has caught most teams off guard.
“Our staff is fifth in the league in
team ERA, so we’ve definitely sur
prised some people,” Childress said.
“We’ve got a lot of guys that com
pete down here just like anybody
The Huskers have competed
their way to a 21-17 record and a 7
10 mark in the Big 12 Conference.
This weekend, the sixth-place
Huskers will be in Austin, Texas, for
a three-game series with the
Texas is 21-27-1 and 9-14 in the
conference and displays a lineup
rich in left-handed bats.
Senior right-hander Matt Schuldt
(4-0, 2.40) will start for the Huskers
Friday, but Saturday and Sunday’s
probable starters are still unknown.
“We might go with a lefty on
Saturday, but if we need them on
Friday then we’ll go with (Pete)
Lythgoe,” Childress said.
This weekend’s series is crucial
for NU’s hopes of qualifying for the
Only the top six teams - accord
ing to winning percentage - are
invited to the tournament, which will
be played May 14-17 in Oklahoma
“We have six conference games
remaining and five of six just might
not be enough,” Van Horn said.
Childress said the main goal of
the season was to get to the confer
ence tournament, and despite the
team’s better-than-expected season
so far, he won’t be satisfied without
a bid to the tournament.
Tournament or not, Van Horn
said, his first season is just the first
step in establishing Nebraska as a
legitimate power in the Big 12.
“We’ve got some good players
coming in next season ready to find
their roles,” Van Horn said. “If we
can get some pitchers in here that
can throw with good command we’ll
be a good team.”
By Shannon Heffelfinger
Most Big 12 Conference soft
ball coaches agree that Nebraska is
the team to beat in the league tour
nament this weekend.
The Cornhuskers breezed
through its conference schedule
with a perfect 16-0 record, handily
defeating all five ranked Big 12
teams and capturing the league
The Huskers (40-10 overall and
16-0 in the Big 12) are sure to get
every team’s best shot in Oklahoma
City, Okla., where No. 1 seeded NU
begins tournament play today at 10
a.m. against the winner of
Thursday’s Iowa State-Missouri
But NU catcher Jenny Smith
said the Huskers aren’t feeling any
They’re confident they can win
some more hardware as long as they
approach the tournament as they
have approached every game this
“There hasn’t been a consensus
between us that we’re feeling pres
sure going into this,” Smith said.
“We’ll just take one game at a time
and stay with the mental aspect of
things. We don’t think about the
future because that’s when it can
When Smith refers to the future,
she means the May 15 NCAA
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