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Huskers End Spring Season With Scrimmage
LINCOLN, Neb. ----- The Red team earned a 16-7 victory over the White team, as Nebraska ended the spring football season with the annual Red-White game in front of 30,414 spectators at Memorial Stadium here Saturday. The Huskers, who open the 2001 campaign in the Pigskin Classic against Texas Christian on Aug. 25, will now work on conditioning and individual workouts before returning for fall practice in early August.

“We looked at the Spring Game as another day to evaluate our players in a 15-day process,” said Husker Head Coach Frank Solich. “I was pleased in a number of ways with the Spring Game. Any time you use the number of players that we’ve used in this game — all of our quarterbacks, all of our running backs — continuity in this type of game is hard to get."

I-back Dahrran Diedrick led the Red squad, as he carried the ball 18 times for 52 yards and scored the first points of the game with a six-yard run around left end with 6:55 left in the first quarter. Quarterback Jammal Lord also produced a strong effort for the Red, as he racked up 46 yards on 11 carries while also completing 7-of-11 passes for 71 yards. Split end Wilson Thomas was Lord’s favorite target as he caught four passes for 47 yards.

Also providing a solid rushing effort, Thunder Collins led all rushers with 55 yards on 13 carries for the White, while Robin Miller added 49 yards on 11 carries. Miller tied the score at 7-7 with 7:38 remaining in the first half as he ran in over right tackle for an eight-yard score.

Quarterbacks Joe Crisman and Brett Lindstrom were just 4-of-10 for 68 yards for the White squad, but was hampered all day as the Red defense recorded 12 sacks. Bernard Thomas collected four sacks for minus-25 yards while Manaia Brown had three and Justin Smith added a pair.

Placekicker Sandro DeAngelis added three field goals to round out the scoring for the Red. DeAngelis connected from 37 and 48 yards in the second quarter as the Red took a 13-7 lead at the half. After a scoreless third quarter, DeAngelis then added another 37-yarder to cap the scoring.

“Looking back at it, there wasn’t a lot of breakdowns in terms of too many men on the field or the wrong personnel on the field,” Solich said. “In that way, I think it was fairly well organized. I thought the players gave an excellent effort. I thought there were flashes of some players showing what they can do on the field. Certainly this is not a true test for us in terms of where we’re at offensively or defensively, when you go against one another in that manner. We have a lot of work to do before our first ball game. But on the other side of it, we have 29 practices to get ready. I think our young players came quite a ways this spring and the position changes that we made at the beginning of spring seemed to play out, and I think those players progressed very well too. All in all, I think it was a good spring for us.”



On the play of the young players
“I saw T.J. Hollowell make plays, which was what we were really wanting to see. I thought Robin Miller showed at times that he has the ability to make people miss and get some yards inside. I thought on the defensive end of it Manaia Brown, at times, stepped up and made some plays. There are a lot of guys that are being left out here, but those are a few guys that stood out. I think Jammal Lord did an excellent job also.”

On the play of the defense
I think for as much substituting as we did, they did a good job. If you’re talking about getting your starting 11 on the field and with maybe a one-man rotation in some of those groupings, and then playing series after series, I think you’d see a different ball game than what you saw today. But, I thought all in all, it was difficult for the offense to really establish a ground attack and a real good passing attack. So I thought the defense played really well.”

On the lack of turnovers
“In spring games, you can sometimes have center-quarterback exchange problems because so many different quarterbacks and centers are in the game. You can have backs not taking care of the ball and you’re forced to throw the ball some, and of course, pass rushes. The ability to go through a spring game without a lot of turnovers, if you’re able to get that accomplished, you did a pretty good job of taking care of the ball. And that’s really been the case all spring long. We’ve not been a team that’s just put the ball up for grabs on the offensive end of it and on the special teams end of it. So I think that part has been pleasing this spring.”

On the I-back situation
“There weren’t really a lot of big plays from the I-back spot in the scrimmage. I think that attests a little bit to our defense and the kind of speed that maybe we have on the defensive end of it. I thought they all played fairly well. They made the most of their opportunities. Dahrran (Diedrick) probably had the most carries, but his average per carry was not great. But, that really a lot of times, doesn’t come back to the ball carrier, it comes back an awful lot to what’s happening up front and what’s happening with the receivers also. You look at Thunder (Collins) he made a few plays here and there. I mentioned Robin (Miller) and DeAntae (Grixby) did okay. And we had some younger backs who picked up a few yards also. All in all, I think it was a decent showing by the backs.

Linebacker Mark Vedral - broken thumb.
Offensive tackle Kyle Kollmorgen - sprained knee - not serious.