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 weve 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 Lords 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
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
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 wasnt 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 were 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
COACH SOLICH POSTGAME QUOTES:
On the play of the young
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 youre
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 youd
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 youre 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 youre able to get that accomplished,
you did a pretty good job of taking care of the ball. And
thats really been the case all spring long. Weve
not been a team thats 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
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, doesnt come
back to the ball carrier, it comes back an awful lot to
whats happening up front and whats 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.
tackle Kyle Kollmorgen - sprained knee - not serious.