The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 14, 1999, Page 12, Image 12

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Bobby Newcombe and Joe
Walker looks to be the
start of fall practice.
Senior staff writer
With DeAngelo Evans’ knee
surgery on Monday, the cycle was
complete - the Year of the
Comhusker Knee
Injury was hope
fully over.
On Jan. 11,
the NU I-back
underwent arthro
scopic surgery to
clean up cartilage
in his left knee.
In a practice
before the Dec.
30 Holiday Bowl,
Evans re-aggravated the original
injury which he had sustained early
last season, said Doak Ostergard,
NU’s head football trainer.
Upon returning to his home in
Wichita, Kan., following the game,
Evans met with a family doctor who
suggested an MRI and then surgery.
“With any of those types of surg
eries, this is the time of the year we try
to do that,” Ostergard said. “That way
they have a little bit of time to rehab
and be back for spring ball.”
Ostergard said he didn’t have any
details available on the surgery, but
said he expected Evans to fully recov
er within three to four weeks.
“It’s pretty minor,” Ostergard
Evans’ other injury, a bruised tail
bone, is healed and should not give
him any more problems, Ostergard
In addition to Evans, three other
NU walking wounded were also look
ing for an optimistic diagnosis on
their knees following the season.
For rover Joe Walker and quarter
back Bobby Newcombe, both ham
pered by knee injuries, things are
coming along well, Ostergard said.
“Things are good,” he said. “It
will be really important for them to
make a concentrated effort now to
stay on track with their rehab. So far,
they’re doing a good job.”
Ostergard said Newcombe’s
surgery on his left posterior cruciate
ligament will probably take another
six months to fully heal, just in time
for Newcombe to return for fall prac
tice. '
Walker tore his anterior cruciate
ligament prior to the Holiday Bowl
and underwent surgery.
Like Newcombe, Walker should
be back for fall practice after a five
month full recovery.
The prognosis is also good for
Dan Alexander, who injured his right
knee against Kansas State on Nov. 14.
On Nov. 17, Alexander underwent
surgery to repair damage to his lateral
collateral ligament and hamstring
Alexander’s recovery was expect
ed to take about three months.
Ostergard said Alexander was off
crutches Dec. 28 and bearing full
weight on the knee.
“He’ll just progress on and we’ll
see how he comes along,” Ostergard
Knees notwithstanding, it was the
Year of the Injury as a whole for
Husker football.
, Ten starters, including seven
offensive skill position players/
among those, three I-backs and ttoo
quarterbacks - suffered injuries that
caused them to miss all or pan of at
least one game.
“We had more overall injuries this
year,” Ostergard said. “And it’s more
focused because itV happening to a
lot of front-line guys.”
Though greater in number,
Ostergard said the severity of NU
injuries was less pronounced in the
1998 season.
In the l997 season, though overall
injuries were down, there were five
cruciate ligament surgeries. In 1998
there were just two cruciate surgeries
- Newcombe’s PCL and Walker’s
In other football news, Dan White
left Nebraska for the second semester
and will not return. White, who car
ried the ball six times for 27 yards and
was the No. 21-back for the Colorado
game, will transfer to a Division I-AA
or Division II school to be eligible for
next season.
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