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The Michigan Daily - Fnday, Septm

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The Associated Press
Three games, three victories, three quarterbacks.
While new coach Frank ScLih has Nebraska off to a
perfect start - who cxpected Ies? injured quarter-
backs certainly weren't parl of his ame plan
"The injuries have affected us, no doubt," Solich said
as his third-ranked Cornhuskers enjoyed a week off
before next Saturday's game ag inst No. 9 Washington.
"We look at that, and we fcc pretty good to be 3-0. 1
don't think many teams could use three quarterbacks and
get it done and feel good about it."
As college football folks know, the Huskers arent just
any team, whether Bob Devaney, lom Osborne or Solich
is doing the coachin
Bobby Newcombe banged up his left knee near the end
of a superb debut against Iouisiana Tech, and Eric
Crouch started his irst game the foliong week and
produced a win over Alabama-Biingham. Last week
against California, Crluch puled a haistring and Solich
used Monte Christo, a fifth-y ear snior walk-on, to hold
off the Bears:
In addition, top I-back DeAngelo Lvans hasn't even
played because of a knee iniur, densive end Mike
Rucker has a groin pul and several new offensive lne-
en have been slowed by nagng aches and pains, as
Sll as inexperience.
Next Saturday, though, bet on a bunch of healthy
Huskers when the Iuskies come to Lncn.
Newcombe has been ptactiin;, and Solih sys he'll
be ready to start. Ians, who ma through most of
practice this week and was expected to go ful speed in
next week's workouts, wil p too. M be start.
Crouch is questionable, but ihriso wll take all the
work he can get.
"DeAngelo seems to be m' ing wel. but we need to,
get him in playing shape ich said "Bobby's been
Cacticing, but he stl has a l: soeness'
Solich is extra-cautious u ih Neu ombe. a sophomore
already being compared wth Husker great lommie
Newcombe was cleared to play against Ca but Solich
said "no matter what the situaton, I don't want him to
come in for a period of tinw a then al of a sudden lose
him for the season."
Solich can't wait for Neweombe's return.
"He's already demonstrated he has tremendous compo-
sure," Solich said. "He's a leader le knows the offense,
r ows the ball and runs the option ax th great success
ce's got the complete packagc and it'l be good to get
him healthy and get rolling aain'
The timing couldn't be better
Last year, then No. 7 Nebaska beat then No. 2

Washington 27-14 after Huskies quarterback lrock
iuard was knocked out early tn the game with n injur.
Solich knows what lhuard can do.
He saw the Huskies' 42-38 win verA
understands how much his defense nee
"There's no question they are look n
ting here, and our players are looking
Solich said. "We know Brock is a gre ou
leave him on the field too long, you
Which brings us back to the Nebraka oTense If
Neweombe runs the option the a>he diaanst
Louisiana Tech, and Evans, Corel Bue an ful-
back Joel Makovicka are punching out first downs, then
Huard spends less time on the field.
"The big challenge for us to stop him is fr out offense
to be pretty balanced," Solich said "We can't just be
That's three downs, not quarterbacks
EASY BIG FELIA: Iowa safety \!tt Doen ds mre
than play for the Hawkeyes - he writes about them too.
Bowen has a weekly column in the student nepaper,
The Daily Iowan, and after last week's shockng 2-9 ss
to Iowa State, he opened with: "Every time you lose, a
part of you dies. And you can never get it back.
Easy, Matt. It's only foobal.
CAROLINA NIGHTMARE: As if North Carolina's los to
Miami of Ohio two weeks ago in Carl Torbushs coaching
debut wasn't enough.
Now the Tar Heels are losing players.
This week alone, Carolina lost wide rceier aon
Peace for the season with a knee injury and guard on
Hall'was suspended pending an Oct 2 court date. al
was charged with assaulting his girlfriend.
Peace became the fourth Tar Heel with a tom aerior
cruciate ligament in the last six mos
The others, tight end A!ge Crumpler defenive k
Nathan Sutton and offensive lineman Bryant Malort s arc
also out for the season.
Meanwhile, quarterback Oscar Davenpo h appar-
ently recovered so quickly from his knee injur two
weeks ago that he's expected to return on Sept 2 aganst
Georgia Tech.
Nebraska, Arrowhead Stadium wil play host o the
biggest sports weekend in Kansas City histr
On Oct. 3, the Cornhuskers are on the road against
Oklahoma State, and the Cowboys chose i py the
game at Arrowhead, home of the Kansas City (hc The
next day, the Chiefs will play host to the Seattle
Seahawks, and stadium officials are predicting cowds of
80,000-plus for each game.
"It's certainly the largest football weekend in terms of

New coach Frank Solich may have Nebraska off to a perfect start, but he was forced to use his thirdstrIn
Monte Christo, a fifth-year senior walk-on after Nebraska's top two quarterbacks were injured.

economic impact in the history of Kansas City," said
Kevin Gray, president of the Kansas City Sports
In fact, there's so much interest in the Nebraska-
Oklahoma State game, ticket orders reached 121,699 for
the 79,451-seat stadium. Ticket sales were stopped in
.luly. probably after the Huskers sold 35,012 tickets. The
Cowboys sold 15,730.
EU'itRA POINTS: Southern Mississippi quarterback Lee
Roberts was spending his first Saturday as a father
throwing footballs against Texas A&M. Roberts' wife,

Traci, gave birth to a boy earlier th
Saturday's Florida-Tennessee game, the a
margin of victory over the Vols during thr
winning streak was 16 points.... San D
handed quarterback Spencer Brinton s t e
with a sprained left thumb. ... Texas q'ia'icrbt46uees itaad
Walton is out 4-6 weeks with a broken m'defnn on
his right (throwing) hand. ... Running b n
kicked out of LSU after his arrest on asst r
suspended by McNeese State, his new n he
was jailed for failing a court-ordered dr

Georga's Hollingshed battles loss of parents and other tragedy

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A smil comes eas for Adrian
*llingshed, especialy when the et i his oi-mispro-
nounced name. Everyone sem to es it up, e en his coach.
For the record. i's "I lots ing-d nt ingshedi
"I wish people would arn ho to sy i ! the Georgia
linebacker said, unleashing the sorb inftiou playful gnn
that makes one think this s poha t t gsi problem he's
ever encountered in his younglife
Hardly. At the age of 20 1 ilm hed already has suffered
through enough tragedy to last a ifei
His mother and father died txvo r a whe he was still
*een-ager. Before his seor ea aPeach ounty Hligh
pool, the family home burned to the gaun robbing him of
worldly mementos and precious memes of his parents.
"I had to grow up quick: sa olingshed, a sophomore
who was named Southeastern Conrence d nsie player of
the week in just his second gam as a srter. ' think I've
grown up quicker than a lot o e h
That's not all. With grief and ama stil fres i his mind,
Hollingshed's dream of plying oall fr te Bulldogs was
put on hold for a year. He made a ting sre on his college
entrance exam, but it was th n out becse he improed too
much from the first time he took the test
4 le took the exam again, miing b one eruciating point

of qualifying to play as a freshman. So, he enroled at ork
Union Academy, a military-style prep school in gina to get
his grades in order.
"It seemed like everything stard crashig down on me. I
got homesick. I was missing my parents!' I loihngshed remem-
bered. "That was my lowest point."
Somehow, he survived, an amazing testament to the relen-
cy of a young man who didn't want to beaiy an implii 'o
he made to his mother and father before t hey died
"It's kind of hard, but I promised my parents I want going
to let them down!' lollingshed said. 'I cant let do'n that
promise. That's what keeps on pushing me."
During his year at Fork Union, Holhngshed ilt solted
from the world. In hindsight, though, he no ca t lonely
time one of his best experiences. He learned the imporance o
academics and getting his pnorities in order.
Holingshed arrived at Georgia last year and played in al 2
games as a reserve. This year, he stepped ino the m le lne-
backer job that had belonged to Greg Bright the leadng tk-
ler in school historv.
Last week against South Carolina. Hollingshed made qte a
second impression, recording 18 tackles -- including a sack and
an interception helping Georgia to a 17- victon The
defensive award was a mere formality

The football field is Hollingshed's refuge, the place where,
in his words, "I've never had a bad week."
(f course, Hollingshed still misses his parents. Otha Mae
Htollingshcd succumbed to colon cancer when Adrian was a
high school sophomore and Wesley Hollingshed died ofa heart
atack before his son's junior at Peach County.
"When I would come home from school, my mom always
had dinner cooked for all of us," said Hollingshed, who has
three older brothers. "I always looked forward to seeing my dad
conc home from work. I miss stuff like that. It's just me and
nn brothers now."

Hollingshed moved in with his oldest brother Terry aber the
family home burned in 1995.
The fire robbed Adrian of his possession n
sume the passion he had to succeed on the fd -
Hollingshed speaks matter-of-ftly about thr
has endured. He doesn't ask for pity. nordele ti
There's no sense looking back at what mighthv
makes the best of today -- usually with a smile o
"I had to start over, most definitely' he sad
go on. There's no use feeling sorry for ours no
going to help."




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Department of Recreational Sports


Vols o Uators

Intramural Ice Hockey
Officials Needed?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) --isor
years it was the crimson uoi b
Alabama that confounded Tenns
I its fans. But thr e s h
Tennessee victories ended that
Now the presumed 800-pound gri
la on the Volunteers' psyche wea the
blue and orange of No. 2 rida
which will try to run its winnint seak
in the series to six games when it isis
Neyland Stadium tomorrow.
The Gators (2-0) andNo.6\oluneers
(1-0) open their Southeastern
Conference seasons at 8 p.m. E The
game will be televised by CBS.
'he Gators are approahing the
game with uncharacteristic hmim t
insisting they've just had an inexplic
ble five-year run of good fortune where
the Vols are concerned.
The tone is'being set by Spurnr, a
native Tennessean who in pst yers as
amused himself and Gatrs bansteiscix -
where with his needling of the \V
"I don't put any stock at al n
said when asked this wee f the
tors have a psychological a a
tage. "We don't talk about it ertnl
one team doesn't beat the otha
time and we know that. W're u t
ing to get ready to play the best we
There is a theory that the problem is

Alabama's days of dominance over the
Vos. He says he won't do anything
exrraordinar -- "stand on my head and
eat bugs and shave my hair" -- to jolt
his team,
"We haven't taken that approach
wth anybody, he said. "We had that
hing with Alabama, and we didn't take
tat approach with them. You funda-
mentlly try to do the things that help
you w in. You address it by saying this
i another team, this is us versus
Flrida in 19987
But apparently Fulmer and his staff
are tring something a little different.
he plars say the atmosphere leading
p to the g e has been more relaxed
"\Wre going into this ballgame
mey better than we have in the
pt sd receiver Peerless Price. "If
an'. tg the coaches are more laid
ed Lewis: "We had last week-
end o t was a shock to me. They
he caches) are not so uptight as they
wete last year. i've got a good feeling
about rh t.

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