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Nebraska linebacker Polk backs up his words on the football field
But allies weren’t always so
receptive to Polk's noisy ways.
The 6-foot-2,250-pounder said
his high school coach was not
fond of his trash-talking style.
“He was the kind of coach
that wanted us to just play and
don’t say a word,” said Polk, who
brushed up on his verbal skills
as a starter on the basketball
court, as well.
“That really wasn't a part of
my game, so when I first started
playing for him, he really didn’t
appreciate me talking to the
opponents all the time.
“My coach always said,
‘Carlos, shut up and play foot
But he didn’t shut up, and his
nonstop talk has bothered
Polk said some opponents
have also taken his trash-talking
a bit too personally.
Southern Mississippi’s Jeff
Kelly told the Rockford, 111.,
native to shut up at the end of
Nebraska’s 20-13 win last sea
son. Kelly was laughing as he
said it, but it wouldn't matter to
Polk either way.
“They can take it the way
they want to, but I am out there
to have fun,” Polk said. “Some
opponents appreciate it, and
some don’t. It really depends on
the individual. I have had some
real nasty things said to me on
the field, and I have learned how
to brush it off. You have to in this
Polk said he doesn’t see him
self calming down anytime soon
- even with NFL rookie camp
less than one year away.
“It is my nature. I am a talker
and will not change my game for
anybody,” he said. “Sometimes I
do it to psyche my opponent
out, and sometimes I do it to
psyche myself up.
“It just helps motivate me
because I know that if I am out
there talking and don’t back it
up, someone is going to let me
know about it”
Money where his mouth is
Up to this point in Polk’s
three-year career, he has backed
up his talk.
Polk entered his senior sea
son with 137 total tackles and 22
quarterback hurries. He had 23
tackles for losses and 8.5 sacks.
And this season, his last as a
Blackshirt, has been no differ
The Butkus and Bronco
Nagurski candidate leads the
Comhuskers in tackles through
the first four games with 37. He
has one blocked field goal, four
quarterback hurries and one
When Nebraska needed it
the most, Polk recorded a
career-high 12 tackles in a 27-24
overtime win in South Bend,
Ind., over Notre Dame.
But his play extends beyond
statistics. The bookend line
backers in Nebraska’s 4-3
defense include first-year
starters Randy Stella and Scott
With Polk’s guidance, it is no
surprise that Stella and Shanle
are No. 2 and No. 3 on the team
in total tackles.
"He has showed us a lot,”
Stella said. “He calls most of the
fronts and makes sure that we
are in the right place.”
Bohl hesitated to think
about what his defense would
be like without its centerpiece,
referring to Polk as the defense’s
Although the Blackshirts
have shown vulnerability at
times this season, Polk has held
firm. He even returned from a
severely sprained ankle against
Missouri when his defense was
Polk, who missed practice
on Monday and Tuesday and
has sported an air cast on his
ankle, is still expected to play on
Saturday against Iowa State.
He has persevered through
the Blackshirts’ growing pains,
as well as the physical pain this
“We are going to achieve pur
goals,’’Polk said. "We are getting
better every game, and I am
really proud that most of the
mistakes that we make are not
But Polk is not going to just
sit around and watch mediocre
The defensive captain, who
was a special teams star in his
first two seasons at Nebraska,
volunteered to return to that
role to help shore up some exist
ing coverage problems before
the Missouri game.
The seemingly brash presea
son All American will likely do
the dirty work of covering punts
for the rest of his senior season.
"That just goes to show what
kind of player he really is,” Bohl
said. “He is unselfish and under
stands what needs to be done to
have a winning football team.”
Senior middle linebacker
Carlos Polk was back practicing
Wednesday after missing
Monday and Tuesday with a
Sophomore split end Wilson
Thomas took Polk's place on the
sideline. After suffering an
injury during Tuesday's practice,
Thomas sported a pair of
crutches and watched practice
Coach Frank Solich wouldn't
clarify the Husker’s injury situa
tion, or if Polk and Thomas will
be ready for Saturday’s game
against Iowa State.
“We had a couple of guys
return, but we are also missing a
couple,” he said.
“We are not 100 percent at
this point. The status of a couple
of our players is still in question.
Hopefully, we will know more
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Nebraska officials were
expecting big things when they
hired new basketball coach
Barry Collier last spring.
While winning more games
was the main objective,
increased ticket sales was also a
priority. For the most part,
Collier has delivered.
"We are doing well, and that
was expected,” Athletic Director
Bill Byrne said.
Holly Adam, NU’s assistant
director of ticket operations,
said her office has sold 7,900 sea
son tickets to the public - an
increase from the total of 7,000
sold last season.
The tickets range from $112
to $144 for two exhibition games
and 14 regular season games.
Athletic Department donors can
buy selected seats for $176.
Public season tickets range
from $7 to $11 per game.
Student tickets, which were
on sale for $28 for the season
until Sept 28, are now going for
$42. The total is 100 short of the
1999 total of 1,200.
Students are allotted 1,800
seats in the new seating plan at
die Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Adam said die official total
for this year's capacity hasn't
been officially determined but
should be close to last year’s
While the early numbers are
promising, officials are hoping
to build momentum as the sea
son gets closer and an advertis
ing campaign kicks into gear.
“I haven't seen much of it
yet," said Byrne, who saw the
Huskers draw one of its lowest
average season crowds in the 23
year history of the building last
year. "But it will come into effect
when November comes around,
and people start thinking about
Adam said brochures and
applications have been mailed
out to football and women’s bas
ketball season ticket holders.
Tickets also can be purchased on
the Internet at
www. huskers. com.
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Huskers play themselves in games
GAMERS from page 10
And when people in living
rooms and residence hall rooms
across the country run it with
you, they’d better do a good job of
it Check that The designers who
create you better do a good job.
You don’t want to be like Robert
Brooks in that commercial,
which ran a few years back.
In the humorous spot, Brooks
is testing out a new NFL video
game and is upset with his
designers as his counterpart on
die game can’t outrun a defender.
“That don’t show my break
away speed,” Brooks shouts and
slams down the controller.
If people are going to be play
ing with you for hours on end, the
last thing you want to be is a slow,
“You want the games to do
you justice,” Alexander said.
But keep in mind that noth
ing is perfect, not even in the
world of video games.
“I had to check myself out,”
Stella said. “I think they slipped
up on a few things.
“They didn’t show my break
But alas, if they do misrepre
sent you, just hope it isn't any
thing as bad as linebacker Rod
Baker’s situation. Designers of EA
Sport’s NCAA Football 2001 mis
takenly made Baker, who is
But either way, misrepresent
ed or not, it’s cool. You're on the
television, inside the PlayStation.
You’re the focus of kids' dreams.
Parents don’t like you because
you take away from homework
time. But who cares? You’re on a
You could be Eric Crouch,
running the option to perfection
and piling up rushing yards. You
could make yourself the star of a
PlayStation team and be every
body's hero in PlayStation land -
a computerized sensation
sweeping across the nation.
Wouldn’t that be cool, Mr.
To be the best player on the
video game? To even be on a
video game? Right?
“I guess it's an honor,” Crouch
said bluntly, without the least bit
of sincerity. “I don’t think about it
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