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Published Monday, April 22, 2002

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Thorne injured

” Nebraska coach Frank Solich said the lone serious injury in Saturday's Red-White spring game came early in the second quarter when cornerback Fred Thorne broke his tibia making a tackle. Solich said Thorne, who had just recently converted to defensive back from offense, was doing well as his new position and was one of the faster guys on the team. He had run a 4.63-second electronically-timed 40-yard dash. Solich gave no word on how long Thorne will be out of action. "It is lined up so that we hope that no pin will be needed," Solich said.

A little confused

” As is often the case in spring games, both the Red and White teams had a few meltdown moments, forcing them to use timeouts to avoid penalties. There were several other examples of sloppy play, especially in the special teams department that included several mishandled kickoff and punt returns as well as a pair of bad snaps on punts. Solich said he wasn't too upset with the mistakes. "You're talking about playing into the hundreds in terms of numbers of players that we played -- everybody got in the game," Solich said. "You're talking about a lot of combinations on the field that you would not normally have if you were playing a ballgame. You build that into how offense, defense and the special teams look."

Quick hitters

” On occasion, former Nebraska coaching great Tom Osborne used to extend up to two quarters of his spring game to 20 minutes to get a look at more players. Saturday, Solich did the opposite as the third and fourth periods were shortened to just 12 minutes.

” Eight letter-winners from last season sat out of spring drills with injuries. They included tight end Jon Bowling (back), I-back Thunder Collins (shoulder), weak-side linebacker T.J. Hollowell (shoulder), rush end Chris Kelsay (shoulder), split end John Klem (knee), nose tackle Jason Lohr (knee), offensive tackle Chris Loos (knee) and tight end Kyle Ringenberg (clavicle).

” The victory extended the Red's lead to 29-13-1 in Nebraska's annual spring game. The Red and White played to a 21-21 tie last year. The White's last win game in 1998.

” The two teams combined for nine fumbles in the game, losing four. The White lost 3-of-6 fumbles and the Red lost 1-of-3.

” Grand Island Senior High graduate Shane Siegel had one tackle for the White team. Starting strong-side linebacker Scott Shanle of St. Eward also had one stop for the White as did Heartland graduate Chad Buller.

--Terry Douglass



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