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Published Sunday, April 15, 2007

Spring Game notebook

Peterson shines

LINCOLN -- It was big day on and off the field for Nebraska receiver Todd Peterson.

In Saturday's Red-White spring game, Peterson had four receptions for a team-high 105 yards to help the Red to a 38-0 victory. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior-to-be from Grand Island Central Catholic had the longest gain of the day with a 47-yard reception from quarterback Sam Keller.

"It was a real great day for me today because I've struggling some through this spring with dropped passes," Peterson said. "I felt good that I didn't have any today."

Peterson was also one of 10 current or former Huskers named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team. He was joined by Greg Austin, Titus Brothers, Victory Haines, Will Henry, J.B. Phillips, Brandon Rigoni, Matt Senske, Dan Titchener and Jake Wesch.

Peterson said he was truly honored by selection -- even though he went into the locker room before the game and wasn't on the field for the presentation.

"It was one of my goals this year to try and do a little more community service," Peterson said. "Then, I dropped the ball on not going out there for the award, so I felt a little bad about that. It's a really nice honor to be on that team."

Wortman at work

Peterson wasn't the only ex-Crusader to have a solid performance Saturday as Tyler Wortman enjoyed a standout day for the White defense.

Wortman, a 6-3, 230-pound linebacker who will be a junior next fall, was second on his squad with six total tackles, including five solo stops. He also forced a Marlon Lucky fumble with 8:30 left in the third quarter, setting up a rare scoring chance for the White team.

Not so Lucky

Two injuries put a damper on the Red-White game as Lucky and offensive lineman Lydon Murtha both had to be helped from the field.

Lucky, who rushed 16 times for 94 yards and a touchdown to lead the Red, suffered a sprained knee when he was tackled by White team linebacker Kyle Moore with 12:36 to play.

"Marlon's injury doesn't seem like anything that's going to be career-ending or anything of that nature," said Nebraska coach Bill Callahan, noting that Lucky would undergo a MRI. "We'll have a little bit more information about where he's at after they conclude the MRI and all the assessments and evaluations."

Murtha suffered a high ankle injury on the Red's first series of the game. Callahan said X-rays were negative, but that Murtha would also have a MRI.

Celebration time

Touchdown celebrations that would normally cause penalty flags to fly were allowed in the Red-White game. The list of antics included strongman poses by I-back Cody Glenn as well as players dancing and pretending to take photos of each other in the end zone after scores.

"We told the officials that there were no excessive celebration penalties today," Callahan said. "We wanted our guys to have some fun and enjoy themselves."

Shanle honored

Former Nebraska safety Andrew Shanle was named the recipient of the first Cletus Fischer Endowed Scholarship. The award will be presented annually to a Nebraska football player who has completed his career, demonstrated a high level of academic and athletic achievement and intends to continue his education in pursuit of a career as a high school or college football coach.

A St. Edward native, Shanle was a four-year letterman for the Huskers who completed his eligibility last fall. He started 13 games at safety, led the team with four interceptions and had 57 tackles.

The award is named in honor of Fischer, a Nebraska assistant for 26 years from 1959-85. Fischer, also a St. Edward native, starred as a halfback for the Huskers from 1945-48.

    -- Terry Douglass

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