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#96 Jim Skow
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 235
Year: Junior
City/State: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Roncalli

·         Drafted in 7th  Round by the Cincinnati Bengals

·         1985 First-Team All-American (Kodak, American Football Coaches Assn.

·         1985 Second-Team All-American (AP, UPI)

·         1985 Third-Team All-American (Football News)

·         1985 First-Team All-Big 8 (AP, UPI)


1985 (Senior)

Jim Skow had a storybook season and maybe the best one for a Husker defensive lineman in several years. Virtually unknown at the start of the season, be came out of obscurity to land a spot on the Kodak All-American team, chosen by the American Football Coaches Association. In his first year as a starter, he led the defensive line in tackles with 53, 43 of them unassisted. He had a school-record 25 tackles for loss totaling a school-record 163 yards, including a school-record 15 quarterback sacks. That gave him a school-record 44 tackles for losses in his career, totaling a school-record 268 yards. Skow finished his career with 93 total tackles, a remarkable 73 of them unassisted and recoded 24 career quarterback sacks. His top tackle day as a senior came against Colorado when he was in on nine (eight unassisted) to share the team lead with linebacker Marc Munford. His four quarterback sacks (for 33 yards) against Missouri was the season high for a Husker. Had three sacks each against Oregon and Kansas. Husker defensive coordinator Charlie McBride was impressed, and said last spring of his former super sub, “He might be the most-underrated defensive player in the league... He probably ended up being our best defensive linemen last year.”
 

1984 (Junior)
Once again played as an alternate behind Stuckey most of the year, but shared the team lead in tackles for losses (12 for 65 yards) and tied for second din quarterback sacks (six for 49 yards). He recorded 29 total tackles, 25 of them unassisted, broke up a pass and recovered a fumble. In the 28-10 Sugar Bowl win over Louisiana State, he had two more unassisted tackles, one of them a sack for a 10-yard loss, and led a Husker pass rush that helped set up five interceptions of Tiger passes. Started against Wyoming and Minnesota when Stuckey had a knee strain, and against Kansas when Nebraska opened with it top pass-rush unit, but hi top game were when he came off the bench against UCLA (five unassisted tackles, three for losses of 11 yards, including two sacks), Oklahoma State (five unassisted tackles, including a 9-yard sack), and Missouri (six tackles, four unassisted, including two sacks for 19 yards in losses, and a pass break-up).

 

1983 (Sophomore)
As a sophomore alternate behind Rob Stuckey in 1983, Jim recorded 23 tackles, 17 of them unassisted, led the defensive line and tied for second on the am in tackles for losses with seven for 42 yards, including three quarterback sacks for 25 yards and had a chance to display his 4.91-second 40-yard speed in the Huskers’ 51-25 win at Kansas State when he picked off a Stan Weber pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown.

 

1982 (Redshirt Freshman)
Redshirted 

 

1981 (Freshman)
Played defensive tackle for the 5-0 Husker freshman team, then redshirted in 1982.

 

Before Nebraska (Omaha Roncalli High School)
All-state, all-metro and honorable-mention All-America tackle for Coach Doug Radtke at Omaha Roncalli High School, where he also lettered in track.

 

Personal
Brother Jerry played football at Nebraska-Omaha. Business administration major. Son of Dr. John R. and Joan L. Skow. Born June 29, 1963, in Omaha.

 

 

Tackles

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Fum.

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Year

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

R

BK

PBU

PI

1983

17

6

23

7-42

3-25

0

0

0

1*

1984

25

4

29

12-63

6-49

1

0

1

0

1985

43

10

53

25-163

15-139

2

0

1

0

Totals

85

20

105

44-268

24-213

3

0

2

1*

* 31 Yard Touchdown vs. Kansas State


Bowl Statistics

1985 Sugar Bowl vs. LSU: Tackles 2 UT, 2 AT, 4 TT, Sacks – 1 – 10.
1986 Fiesta Bowl vs. Michigan: Tackles 3 UT, 2 AT, 5 TT, TFL 1 - 3

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