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Freshmen Strong in Testing
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
08/06/2003
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Husker freshman Ryan Schuler (#70) and the other newcomers hit the practice field for the first time on Wednesday.
Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Lincoln --  The Nebraska football team opened fall camp on Wednesday, as 102 players participated in the Huskers? first practice at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska Coach Frank Solich said he was pleased with the Huskers? first practice, and with the performance testing scores of NU?s newcomers.

"Overall it was a good first practice. It was a long first practice. It is obvious they are in good shape because they held up through it. We got quite a bit done today," Solich said. "I?m real impressed with the freshmen and the new guys on campus. As a group, they tested very well, and out here they did a lot of good things. Now they?re raw and rough around the edges, but it?s a good, young group. They will come and give us some help."

Four freshmen cracked the 2,000-point barrier in the Performance Index, with defensive lineman Brandon Teamer posting a top score of 2,110 points in the four testing categories. The 6-5, 265-pounder from Omaha Central notched 604 points in the 10-yard dash with a time of 1.73 seconds. He added 553 points with his 32-inch vertical jump.

Freshman linebacker Bo Ruud was not far behind with 2,083 points. The 6-3, 210-pounder from Lincoln Southeast led all Huskers with his 34-inch vertical jump, while adding the second-best time in the 10-yard dash (1.64) and fourth-best mark in the pro-agility run (4.23).

Another freshman from Lincoln Southeast, Andy Birkel, also surpassed the 2,000-point mark by posting the top times in the 10-yard dash (1.60), 40-yard dash (4.57) and pro-agility run (4.15). The 6-3, 175-pound wide receiver added the second-best vertical jump (33 inches) to finish with 2,006 points. Birkel?s 40-yard dash time earned the most points for any player on a single test with 630 points.

Freshman I-back Tierre Green gave the Huskers a fourth newcomer over the 2,000-plateau, by running second to Birkel in the 10 (1.64), 40 (4.64) and pro-agility (4.15), while tying for third with a 32-inch vertical jump. The 6-1, 195-pounder from Omaha Benson finished with 2,004 points.

Last year, Matt Herian was the only Husker newcomer to produce a Performance Index above 2,000 points with a mark of 2,142.

Three players on Nebraska?s 105-man fall camp roster were unable to practice Wednesday. Jason Lohr did not practice because of back spasms, but Solich said Lohr was not expected to miss practice for an extended period. Lannie Hopkins did not practice, and newcomer Darren DeLone was not scheduled to arrive in Lincoln from California until late-afternoon Wednesday.

The Huskers are scheduled for a single practice on Thursday beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Performance Index

Brandon Teamer

DL

2,110 pts.

Bo Ruud

LB

2,083 pts.

Andy Birkel

WR

2,006 pts.

Tierre Green

IB

2,004 pts.

10-yard dash

Andy Birkel

WR

1.60 sec.

Tierre Green

IB

1.64 sec.

Bo Ruud

LB

1.64 sec.

Donald DeFrand

DB

1.65 sec.

40-yard dash

Andy Birkel

WR

4.57 sec.

Tierre Green

IB

4.64 sec.

Titus Brothers

DB

4.70 sec.

Pro Agility Run

Andy Birkel

WR

4.15 sec.

Tierre Green

IB

4.15 sec.

Joe Dailey

QB

4.21 sec.

Bo Ruud

LB

4.23 sec.

Vertical Jump

Bo Ruud

LB

34 in.

Andy Birkel

WR

33 in.

Tierre Green

IB

32 in.

Donald DeFrand

DB

32 in.

Brandon Teamer

DL

32 in.

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