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Page 8 _ . _Friday, October 8,1999
There was linebacker Tony
Ortiz leading the Nebraska football
team on its tunnel walk prior to the
Washington game last year.
As the fans cheered, Ortiz -
lacking pads or a helmet - led the
team onto Tom Osborne Field.
Ortiz wasn’t in his usual game
garb because he had suffered a
slight concussion in practice the
He said it didn’t affect him
other than missing the one game,
but he understands that multiple
concussions are scary.
“I’m glad I’m not like Steve
Young (the San Francisco 49ers’
quarterback who has had several
concussions in his career) or any
thing,” Ortiz said. “Somebody in
his condition, I’m pretty sure, they
must think about (concussions)
every time that they get hit.”
The Nebraska medical staff
didn’t take any chances with Ortiz,
but how many times have you
heard of an athlete overcoming a
concussion to play a starring role in
leading the team to victory?
Everyone knows that playing
with an injured hand or foot may
not be the best thing, but it can, at
least, be considered noble. The
same isn’t true of playing with a
concussion. It is stupid, and has the
chance to be deadly.
That’s because an athlete can
experience second-impact syn
drome, which means that if a sec
ond concussion is sustained'before
the first has subsided, the resulting
blow can lead to brain injury or
death. The effects of a single severe
concussion can have lasting conse
quences for up to a month after
While second-impact syn
drome is rare, the NCAA Injury
Surveillance system estimates that
more than 1,500 concussions occur
in college football each year. And
nine out of every 10 reported head
injuries in sports are determined to
Nebraska director of athletic
medicine, Lonnie Albers M.D.,
estimates that one NU football
player suffers a concussion every
three Comhusker contests.
NCAA literature on concus
sions states that: “A student-athlete
rendered unconscious for any peri
od of time should not be permitted
to return to the practice or game in
which the head injury occurred. In
addition, no student-athlete should
be allowed to return to athletics
With no other set guidelines on
•ithe subject, The American
Academy of Neurology offers a
standardized test for physicians
and trainers to evaluate the severity
of a concussion to an athlete.
The exam is used by the NU
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NU SOPHOMORE RUNNER Marcus Witter has grown from a pretty pathetic” runner in high school to a Husker leader.
Witter makes move to front
By Jason Merrihew
While most students are nestled
in their warm beds at 6:30 in the
morning, sophomore Marcus Witter
is running toward his goals.
Along with teammates Todd
Tripple and Aaron Carrizales, Witter
decided to step up his performance
from last year by dedicating himself
to early morning runs.
“It helps - the whole committing
to the team concept,” Witter said.
“You get to bed early because you
have to get up early to run. You know
the guys who want to run by who
The Nebraska men’s cross coun
try team is gelling as a unit heading
into the heart of the season, Witter
said. The growth of maturity by
Witter, the feature runner for NU, has
aided the growth of unity on the team.
Witter’s race time has stayed
about the same from last year, but this
year he has been racing stronger.
“Last year’s times are about the
same as this year, but I’m not strug
gling this year,” Witter said.
Witter attributes the work sched
ule that Head Coach Jay Dirksen gave
him over the summer for his improve
“It’s been kind of hard for me - I
don’t why,” Witter said. “I just didn’t
get the job done. This summer, I did
n’t really think about it, I just woke up
Dirksen can see the effect that
Witter’s summer training has had on
the Nebraska runner.
“His consistency of training and
his maturity level was not like any
thing it is now,” Dirksen said. “He has
really made a step up from last year.”
This season, Witter has run well
for the young Cornhuskers. The
Woody Greeno Invitational, which
was held in Lincoln, was the first race
Witter ran this year. He was the first
Husker to finish, placing fifth in 25
minutes, 34 seconds.
With Witter’s strong run and a
solid performance by his teammates,
NU was able to secure a first-place tie
with the Air Force Academy.
The following weekend. Witter
once again led the Huskers at the Roy
Griak Invite in Minneapolis. With a
time of 25:11, Witter placed 27th.
The Roy Griak Invitational was a
good measuring stick for the team
because it was loaded with the best
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Stopping the run key for NU
By Joshua Camenzind
Saturday’s 6 p.m. matchup
between fourth-ranked Nebraska and
Iowa State pits the No. 1 ranked rush
ing attack in the country against one of
the best defenses in the nation.
Iowa State Coach Dan McCamey
said that for his team to be successful,
it would have to run the ball effective
Nebraska players said that stop
ping ISU’s Darren Davis will be the
The Cyclones are rushing for 252
more yards per game than Nebraska is
giving.up on average.
Something has to give. .
NU defense and rover Mike Brown
want to make sure that Davis enjoys lit
“This defense is always ready,”
Brown said, “no matter who we are
“We just want to come in every
game and establish that you are not
going to be
able to run on
us. That is
what we pride
ourselves on -
said that the
is to stop the
run and make the Cyclones one
dimensional. The Huskers are No. 2 in
the Big 12 Conference in pass efficien
cy defense, while the Cyclones are
dead last in passing offense.
McCamey said that the Cyclones
must establish the run to have success
Success is not something that ISU
has seen much of when visiting
Iowa State has not won in Lincoln
since 1977, and the last two meetings
have produced a combined score of
150-28 in favor of NU. McCamey said
that those two games were “complete
But Iowa State is 3-1 this season,
and the Cyclones are thinking upset.
The matchup will be televised by the
Fox Sports Network.
“It is a great opportunity for this
football team,” McCamey said. “It will
be our third televised game and fourth
Iowa State opened up the season
with wins over Indiana State, Iowa and
UNLV before losing by seven points to
The KSU game is a sore subject to
both McCarney and his players, as
they led 28-7 at the half.
“We have to stay focused and con
centrate,” sophomore defensive end
Kevin DeRonde said. “We have to
come into the game with the mentality
that the game is four quarters - not
Though Iowa State is coming off a
loss, Nebraska quarterback Eric
Crouch is not overlooking the
“You cannot take Iowa State lightly
at all,” Crouch said. “They are going to
be a great team, and they are going to
“They have proven that they can
stop teams rushing the ball and throw
ing the ball. So we have to come out
and play our best game.”'
NU has shown signs in the last two
games of being able to run the ball.
Crouch said that he attributes that to
running a crisper option.
Nebraska rushed for 240 yards
against Oklahoma State and also
showed signs of mixing up the play
caHing a little bit.
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