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Huskers Begin Fall Drills
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
08/02/2002
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Chad Sievers set a pair of position records in Saturday's testing
Courtesy: UNL Photographic Services

Lincoln -- Year five of the Frank Solich era began Saturday, as the Husker football team began fall practice. Today's workout, which went for an hour and 45 minutes on the grass practice fields, capped a busy day for the Husker football players who reported Friday. Saturday started with the team's annual performance testing inside Cook Pavilion, while meetings were scheduled prior to and following today's first workout.

Nebraska Head Coach Frank Solich said the players were upbeat in their first workout of the fall campaign.

"Practice was enthusiastic," Solich said. "Their attitude was great and the energy level was very high throughout, which is to be expected on the first day. The thing about football is that the energy level needs to stay high during practices and that is a challenge for players and coaches at all levels. Overall, I was pleased with today's practice."

The Huskers were able to break into three stations, allowing the 105 players in camp to get maximum reps. Solich noted that as camp progressed in the coming weeks, the team may go into only two group stations until the full squad reports later this month.

The Husker head coach was also impressed with how the players performed in the afternoon heat, as temperatures approached triple digits.

"The practice tested them with the heat and humidity, but they seemed to hold up." Solich said. "The good thing is the off-season conditioning has allowed the players to get used to the heat before today."

"We understand where they are at and will give them breaks and slow down the pace," Solich said. "Eventually, they have to get to a point where they can play four quarters of football in this weather, but we don't want to do that all in one day. One of the things the coaches and training staff have stressed is that they have to drink a lot of fluids, not only on the practice field, but also the rest of the day as well."

The Husker head coach also was impressed by the team's performance during testing, which was highlighted by three position records. Linebacker Chad Sievers set a pair of marks, breaking the team's 10-yard dash position record with a time of 1.53 seconds, while his 754 points also set a position best. Rover Lannie Hopkins also established a position high with his 694 points in the 10-yard dash, as the 211-pound sophomore was clocked at 1.54 seconds.

"I was pleased with the overall testing," Solich said. "As a whole, the team has come into camp in very good shape."

Redshirt freshman I-back Marques Simmons paced the team with a blistering 1.51 second time in the 10-yard dash, while two of the top seven times were posted by linebackers, with Sievers, whose 1.53 time was second only to Simmons, and junior Demorrio Williams, who was clocked at 1.57 seconds.

"To have linebackers with that kind of speed is impressive," Director of Athletic Performance Boyd Epley said.

The Huskers will begin the first of six consecutive days of twice daily drills Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. Players will be available to the media following the morning practice, while Coach Solich will address the media following the second workout, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday's two workouts will mark the only time the Huskers practice on Sunday during fall camp.

Performance Testing Results

Top Five Performance Index (does not include 40-yard dash)

Chris Kelsay

RE

2193

Dharran Diedrick

IB

2170

Trevor Johnson

RE

2070

Chad Sievers

LB

2060

Curt Tomasevicz

LB

1970

Top Three Vertical Jump Scores

Curt Tomasevicz

LB

37"

Chris Kelsay

RE

35.5"

Jammal Lord

QB

35"

Shane Siegel

DB

35"

Dharran Diedrick

IB

35"

Top Three Vertical Jump Points

Curt Tomasevicz

LB

685

Chris Kelsay

RE

663

Dahrran Diedrick

IB

619

Top 10-yard Dash Times

Marques Simmons

IB

1.51 sec.

Chad Sievers

LB

1.53 sec.

Lannie Hopkins

DB

1.54 sec.

Dahrran Diedrick

IB

1.55 sec.

Jammal Lord

QB

1.56 sec.

Josh Davis

IB

1.56 sec.

Demorrio Williams

LB

1.57 sec.

Top Five 10-yard Dash Points

Chris Kelsay

RE

754

Chad Sievers

LB

754

Dahrran Diedrick

IB

713

Trevor Johnson

RE

694

Lannie Hopkins

DB

694

Top Five R/L Agility Run

Dahrran Diedrick

IB

4.06 sec.

Kellen Huston

DB

4.09 sec.

Aaron Terpening

DB

4.13 sec.

Rodney Burgess

DB

4.13 sec.

Mike McLaughlin

WR

4.13 sec.

Top Three R/L Agility Run Points

Dahrran Diedrick

IB

838

Trevor Johnson

RE

821

Jon Clanton

DL

793

Position Records Set

10-yard Dash

Chad Sievers

LB

1.53 sec.

10-yard Dash Points

Chad Sievers

LB

754 points (1.53 sec. At 223 lbs.)

10-yard Dash Points

Lannie Hopkins

DB

694 points (1.54 seconds at 211 lbs. improved his own record)

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