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Hochstein paces offense
LINE from page 16 _
At 16, Hochstein said he watched
those three play into Husker histbry.
Entering into his senior year at NU,
Hochstein is forging his place, too.
Last year, Hochstein earned All-Big
12 honors and could emerge as one
of the nation’s top linemen this year.
But going from a High School
All-American at Hartington Cedar
Catholic to possibly a collegiate All
American is astounding to
Hochstein. Just getting his chance to
wear a red jersey on fall Saturdays is
remarkable, Hochstein said.
“I don’t think anyone ever
expects when they grow up that
they’ll play at Nebraska,” Hochstein
said, “or even start there. I was very
fortunate to live my dream - to be
playing here for two years. And now,
being a senior, it feels great. It’s an
Hochstein is just one of the giant
cogs in this year’s high-power
pipeline that could be NU’s most
dominant since the 1994-1995
national championship seasqns’
Pounding the ball down the
defenses’ throats were those teams’
trademarks, as was the long counter
traps and sweeps where I-back
Lawrence Phillips gained so many
yards. With four of five starters hav
ing starting experience, that type of
football is feasible again this year.
Coach Frank Solich saw some of
that in Saturday’s scrimmage, when
he labeled the offensive line’s play
“Some of the things we think we
can do is run a power offense with
the style of lineman that we have,”
Solich said. “We did that a little bit in
the scrimmage. We ran some here
and there, and when they did it, they
did it well.”
Last year’s starters, All-Big 12
Center Dominic Raiola, Dave Volk
and Jason Schwab all return. Schwab
gained a sixth year of eligibility from
the NCAA after he sat out last year
with a knee injury. Volk started all 13
games at right tackle in Schwab’s
place and moved to left tackle this
Sophomore Toniu Fonoti is listed
atop the spring depth chart at left
guard with junior Jon Rutherford.
Neither have started a game at NU
but both saw considerable action as
backups last year.
Solich said Fonoti will be the
starter this fall, and it is his job to
But even though he is just a soph
omore, Fonoti is still well-seasoned,
“Even though he is young,”
Solich said, “we don’t consider him
young because he does have a year
under his belt.”
But that said, Hochstein said
there isn’t just one lineman that the
opponents should be extra af f.
They should be extra afraid a of
“They should fear the whole
offensive line,” Hochstein said. “Our
line’s pretty deep this year. I think we
stand out more as a group than we do
“In the Tennessee game, we
showed everyone what this line can
do, and we’re still pretty deep this
In last year’s Fiesta Bowl, NU ran
at will over Tennessee’s defense with
its power game, amassing 321 rush
ing yards in its 31-21 victory.
Tech hopes passing game clicks
TECH from page 16
Tech went through weekly makeovers,
with great wins over Texas A&M and
Colorado on certain weeks, and a 58-7
flogging from Texas the next.
Leach was unavailable for com
ment, but starting defensive tackle
Kris Kocurek said it’s a whole new ball
game at Tech, which plays Nebraska
on Oct. 14 in Lubbock, Texas, next
“Whenever you get a new coach,
there’s excitement - and especially
after seeing what Coach Leach did at
Oklahoma last year,” Kocurek said.
“They’re definitely putting the ballfup
a lot more on offense.”
Sophomore Kliff Kingsbury is the
man who will be called on to deliver
the ball on target from the quarterback
position. He shared time with Rob
Peters last season and started the sea
son finale of last season, completing
nine of 17 passes for 259 yards in a 38
28 win over Oklahoma.
Leach also has a potential
Heisman running back he never had at
Oklahoma or when he directed Couch
at UK. Junior Ricky Williams will be
back on the field after a season-ending
knee injury early last season against
Williams, who rushed for 1,582
yards (fourth highest in the country) in
his 1998 season, will sit out spring
Come fall, Motsakis said Williams
will get fewer carries, but touch the
ball just as much.
“If he gets the ball on a shovel pass
or a screen,” Motsakis said, “it’s just as
good for us.”
Outside of Williams, the Red
Raiders return four starters on offense,
4 and six on the defensive side of the
“The offense is going to be tough
to stop, and this defense is going to be
good, too,” Kocurek said. “We’ve been
so close to winning the south division
before, but this year it’s definitely one
of the main goals of this team.”
NU softball copes with injuries
SOFTBALL from page 16
doubleheader against Creighton. The
All-American has been on the bench
while junior Jaime Fuente plays in
It’s the first time in Lizama’s NU
career that she has missed significant
time because of injury. She sat out
one game her sophomore season with
a concussion. She called sitting out
“awful” and is shooting for a quick
“I saw the doctor and he said the
least it would take was two weeks, the
most six weeks,” Lizama said. “I
want to get back out there and play.”
For Suhr, the injury has lingered
for some time sinde her days* at
Papillion-La Vista High School. Suhr
re-injured the hip during the Capital
Classic in Sacramento, Calif., on
Suhr said she was “itching” to get
back and wanted to play this week vs.
the Rams (8-14). Nebraska trainers
will hold her out until at least this
weekend’s series at Texas Tech.
Until then, freshman Amanda
Buchholtz will fill the spot.
“Last year the same thing hap
pened, except I was only out for a
week,” Suhr said. “It’s a little bit dif
ferent this time because we need to
take more precautions.”
Both players said they looked for
ward to returning to the NU lineup.
Lizama, the captain of the Huskers,
said she still is trying to fulfill her
role of being a leader even if it means
not being out on the field.
“It’s not so much watching some
one else at my position,” Lizama said.
“It’s so much being out there with the
girls and competing out there with
Revelle said she has no predic
tions of when she expects Suhr and
Lizama to be back in the lineup.
The main concern is the possibil
ity of either of the two re-injuring
themselves if they are rushed back
into the lineup, Revelle said.
“I’m hoping they’ll be back as
soon as they can,” Revelle said. “At
this point of time I have been given no
time lines. So I have no idea.”
Van Horn says Bison are mystery to him
From staff reports
Nebraska Baseball Coach Dave
Van Horn has no idea what to expect
in today’s game against North
He said he knows that the Bison
are 8-1 against Division II competi
tion. Outside of that, he said, they’re
“We’re supposed to get a scout
ing report (Tuesday) morning,” he
said. “Hopefully that will give some
idea of what they bring to die field.”
Van Horn said the lack of knowl
edge about NDSU doesn’t worry
him. He said the Nebraska players
need to focus on themselves and not
“We need to go out and play hard
and win,” he said. “We need to get,
self-motivated and ready to play
regardless who the competition is.”
North Dakota State contacted
Nebraska last year about playing a
game, and Van Horn said he accepted
because it would give the.
Comhuskers a chance to play a mid
Since the Bison are a Division II
team, Van Horn said a lot of inexperi
enced Huskers will get playing time.
“This gives us a chance to get
some guys who haven’t played or
started much some game action,” he
said. “We don’t have a deep bench,
and hopefully we can develop some
backup players in games like this
In other news:
-j-- Shane Komine, Nebraska’s ace
pitcher, was named the Phillips 66
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week after he
struck out 13 Texas Tech batters in an
.11*0 shutout on Friday.
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