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Truscott adjusts to baby
■ The Husker forward
says he lives life for his
wife and his child.
By Darren Ivy
Senior staff writer
Each time freshman forward Louis
Truscott talks about his 8-month-old
daughter, Janiah, he gets a big grin on
Janiah means the world to Truscott
and his wife, Linda, who were married
“I am really proud of (Janiah),”
Truscott said. “She’s the centerpiece of
my heart. With her and my wife also,
that’s how I am making it. I hve each day
Balancing school, family and athlet
ics is tiring, Truscott said, but it keeps
hirpaway from trouble.
Luckily, Truscott doesn’t have to
worry about a job because he’s on a full
ride athletic scholarship and has
received several grants.
Linda also makes life easier. During
first semester, she stayed home with
Janiah, postponing her enrollment at
UNL a semester. This semester, Linda
goes to classes in the mornings and then
takes care of the child in the afternoon.
After basketball practice, Truscott
takes over the parenting duties.
“I give my wife a break because
she’s exhausted from the baby crying a
lot and staying up,” Truscott said.
Linda said parenting is tiring
because every time she turns her head,
Janiah is crawling away or getting into
something. Janiah also wakes her in the
middle of the night.
Now that Janiah is getting older, the
late nights are fewer and far between.
Basketball also is winding down, which
has allowed the couple to share the
household and child-care duties more
evenly. All the duties that is, except
“Louis doesn’t like doing that,”
His dislike of changing diapers was
no surprise to her, but Louis’ gentleness
and care of Janiah has been a pleasant
“He’s very gentle and loving,” Linda
said. “I never thought he would possess
those fatherly skills. He does this like it
is natural for him.”
Truscott is motivated to be a good
father. He wants Janiah to have it better
than he did. He wants her to grow up
with a father and mother in the same
Waiting for Janiah to be bom was
the hardest part for him, Linda said,
because she was two weeks late in giv
ing birth. He kept telling her to push, she
When the time did come to deliver
Janiah, he wasn’t in the room with
Linda. She worried that he would faint.
He was right outside the door and when
Janiah was bom, he just stared and then
started taking pictures, Linda said.
That day was one of the best ones in
Truscott’s life. Another good day was
when the first words came out of
“My wife gets kind of jealous
because she spent more time with the
baby than I did, but (Janiah’s) first words
were Dada,” Truscott said with a smile.
Linda said she was surprised but
that she didn’t let it bother her.
Another thing that surprised Linda
was how several of the Huskers reacted
when they first met Janiah at a booster
“Cookie (Belcher) and Cary
(Cochran) both admired her,” she said.
“They were talking in their little baby
Everyone on the team is pretty cool
with it, Truscott said. They respect the
20-year-old for being happily married at
a young age.
Truscott said he never envisioned
himself being married so young. But
he’s glad he is. Having a family, he said,
has focused and kept him out of trouble.
“My other teammates would want
to go out and have fun,” Truscott said.
“Having a daughter or son, you want to
spend time with (them) so they can see
your face and remember it.
“If it weren’t for my family, I would
probably be behind in my studies, hang
ing out and being a party animal.”
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WALKER from page 12
be a big factor.”
Secondary Coach George
Darlington said Walker can be charac
terized as a game breaker. Darlington
said the evidence is in Walker’s 73
yard punt return for a touchdown
against Oklahoma State, the turn
around in the Comhuskers’ 24-17 win.
“He’s a guy that can win games
and turn the field for you,” Darlington
said. “He’s one of the better return men
in the country.”
And in a conference with two of
the top return specialists in the nation
last season (Ben Kelly of Colorado
and David Allen of Kansas State),
those are lofty words for Walker.
Walker’s teammates agree.
Redshirt freshman Mike Demps, who
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is taking a lot of the returns this spring,
said Walker brings a sense of excite
ment to the game.
“I admire the way Joe Walker
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the way he runs the ball that he’s confi
Walker said that confidence helps
when he looks up and sees the ball
come into his hands.
Whether it be a punt return or a
kickoff, Walker said, the first thing he
has to do is watch the ball come into
Then, it’s off to the races.
“It is a different feeling every
time,” Walker said. “Most of the time
it is just a mess of people in front of
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Freshmen fill return role
FRESHMEN from page 12
part in the game.
“Sometimes one punt return can
turn a game. Look at Oklahoma
State last year. Joe Walker made the
big run. This year, we are just going
to make sure special teams are a big
part of the teams.
To get game-like experience,
both Demps and Groce are taking a
lot of repetitions this spring.
They know they have a long
way to go, but right now both play
ers are happy they are getting the
opportunity to compete for a start
“We are trying to fit in some
where where we can try to con
tribute to the team,” Demps said.
“Everybody wants to play. We are
just trying to find a spot.”
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