Huskers Focus on Special Teams; First Scrimmage Set For Saturday

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Huskers Focus on Special Teams; First Scrimmage Set For Saturday
The Nebraska football team finished its first week of two-a-day practices on Friday afternoon with a special teams practice on the turf at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers practiced in full pads for two hours during the morning session that was also held in the Stadium.

NU spent 30 minutes working on kickoff returns and kickoff coverage during the afternoon workout and 25 minutes on punt returns, while also focusing on field goals, extra points and blocks during the hour and fifteen minute workout.

"They responded really well," Head Coach Frank Solich said. "They are really up beat right now. Even though they are coming off of a number of two-a-day practices, I think they are looking forward to finally getting to do something live."

Nebraska is scheduled to hold their first closed scrimmage of fall camp Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. The Husker coaching staff will get their first live look at the progress that has been made during fall camp.

"We will try to operate out of a lot of sets and mix things up a little bit to see exactly where we are," Solich said. "We will be looking at how we run block, our pass protection, and we will run some option, but with Jammal (Lord) in a green shirt, it won?t be extensive there. It is just a matter of trying to get a good feel for where we are at."

Seven members of NU?s 105-man roster will miss Saturday?s scrimmage with minor injuries, including Philip Bland, Kellen Huston, John Klem, Jay Moore, Chad Sievers, Kyle Ringenberg and DeAntae Grixby.

Saturday?s scrimmage is closed to the public. The media members are asked to enter the scrimmage from West Stadium at 10:15 a.m. Still photographers will be allowed to shoot the scrimmage from the sidelines, while television cameras will be allowed to shoot warm ups only.

Garrison Named to Outland Watch List
The watch list for the 2002 Outland Trophy was released today with Nebraska center John Garrison among the top candidates. Former Husker Toniu Fonoti, who was a second-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2002, was a finalist for the award last season, while NU leads the nation with eight winners. The senior from Blue Springs, Mo., was second on the team with 125 pancakes, as he started every game in 2000.

The winner of the 2002 Outland Trophy will be announced Dec. 12 on the ESPN College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Fla. Three finalists will be selected by the FWAA All-America Committee in late November and will appear on the show. Miami's Bryant McKinnie won the 2001 Award while leading his team to the national championship. Tennessee's John Henderson, the 2000 Outland winner, was one of the three finalists for the 2001 Award, but failed to become the second person to win back-to-back Outland Trophies. Dave Rimington of Nebraska (1981 and 1982) remains the only two-time winner.

The Outland Trophy has been presented every year since 1946 and is the third oldest award in major-college football. The award is named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn during the turn of the century. Dr. Outland established the award in 1946, a year before his death, with the help of the FWAA. He believed it was important for lineman to receive greater recognition. And for the last 56 years they have because of his award


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