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07:07 AM ET 07.08 | As excited as the entire Nebraska campus is about the move to the Big Ten in 2011, Cornhusker fans may have something more immediate to be ecstatic about during the dog days of summer. A potentially competent leader on offense. Taylor Martinez's excellent performance in the team's Red-White game to cap off a sterling spring practice showed many in the crowd of 77,936 fans why the coaching staff is so high on the redshirt freshman signal-caller. While the competition for the starting gig under center will continue deep into fall camp, Martinez at least asserted himself during spring drills. But Zac Lee and Cody Green will still have the slight edge once the Cornhuskers return to campus in preparation for the 2010 season, mostly because of their game experience.

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July 8, 2010  07:33 AM ET

I still remember the '95 bowl game with Tommy Frazier running all over Florida. They sure as heck didn't know what a forward pass was back then ... didn't need them. What was the RB's name? He went on to the NFL too.

July 8, 2010  07:35 AM ET

See what joining the BIGTEN,11,12 did for them! Now they get mentioned in a T&R thread. I wish them well this year, but next year I want the Bucks to spank 'em like a step child.

July 8, 2010  07:59 AM ET

More importantly, what about the battle at nose tackle? I am sure the guy who has more experience throwing the ball into the dirt will beat out the redshirt freshman. If whoever the starter is could have completed a pass against UT, TCU would be the National Champion.

July 8, 2010  08:14 AM ET

Zac Lee tore a tendon in his throwing arm and is recovering from shoulder surgery.
Of course Lee will start, he is done with the books, now he can take ballroom dancing and focus completely on winning the Big-12 one last time for Husker Nation.

Just don't let him throw the ball very often and this could happen.

July 8, 2010  08:57 AM ET
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I still remember the '95 bowl game with Tommy Frazier running all over Florida. They sure as heck didn't know what a forward pass was back then ... didn't need them. What was the RB's name? He went on to the NFL too.

I think it was Lawrence Phillips

July 8, 2010  09:06 AM ET
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I think it was Lawrence Phillips

Yeah, that was him. Phillips. Uggg, I still have nightmares from that game.

July 8, 2010  09:07 AM ET
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I think it was Lawrence Phillips

Bad boys, bad boys, what cha gonna do when they come for you, still cant believe Dr Tom let him play in that one. Should have sent him to anger management class instead.
Its not like they needed him for the victory. Well now he's doing 10 years for his uncontrollable off the field rage.

July 8, 2010  09:14 AM ET
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Bad boys, bad boys, what cha gonna do when they come for you, still cant believe Dr Tom let him play in that one. Should have sent him to anger management class instead.Its not like they needed him for the victory. Well now he's doing 10 years for his uncontrollable off the field rage.

Yep, pretty sad case of a wasted golden opportunity. Christian Peter was also on that team. He had uncontrollable...well other issues.

July 8, 2010  09:20 AM ET
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Yeah, that was him. Phillips. Uggg, I still have nightmares from that game.

G97, while NE played lights-out in all phases of the game, I fault SOS for much of the poor showing we had.

They blitzed our brains out, and SOS absolutely refused to adjust, and keep a back (or even two) in for extra protection, or call some screens, or do anything to slow down that rush - he kept trying to throw downfield out of a pocket we couldn't hold. I went hoarse screaming for SOS to "wake the hell up, they're killing Woerffel, don't you see that?!?"

July 8, 2010  09:36 AM ET
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"wake the hell up, they're killing Woerffel, don't you see that?!?"

Not sure I can excuse you for mispelling the name of one of the all-time greats: W-U-E-R-F-F-E-L ;)

Our entire defense was trying to tackle the ball instead of player. Didn't work out too well. That's alright, it got us motivated for NC in '96 :)

July 8, 2010  10:08 AM ET
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Not sure I can excuse you for mispelling the name of one of the all-time greats: W-U-E-R-F-F-E-L ;)

Whoa, did I do that? More coffee, please!!

Dadgummit, I know better than that. Might have to give up my jorts for that sin...

July 8, 2010  10:37 AM ET
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Yeah, that was him. Phillips. Uggg, I still have nightmares from that game.

Girlfriends of his past know all about the nightmares.

July 8, 2010  10:38 AM ET
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Whoa, did I do that? More coffee, please!! Dadgummit, I know better than that. Might have to give up my jorts for that sin...

That is why I stick to calling him St. Danny

July 8, 2010  10:49 AM ET
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Girlfriends of his past know all about the nightmares.

You know, everyone is so quick to bash Phillips for assaulting women, but he assaulted teenage boys too, you know! He just used his car instead of his fists....

July 8, 2010  10:58 AM ET
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Bad boys, bad boys, what cha gonna do when they come for you, still cant believe Dr Tom let him play in that one. Should have sent him to anger management class instead.Its not like they needed him for the victory. Well now he's doing 10 years for his uncontrollable off the field rage.

Technically, the rage that put him where he is today was on a football field.

Thing about Phillips is that everyone thinks Dr Tom let him play so we could win, but we didn't need him. That entire season proved that. Dr Tom thought it was the best way to help Phillips. Turns out he was wrong, as subsequent events proved....

July 8, 2010  11:08 AM ET
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Not sure I can excuse you for mispelling the name of one of the all-time greats: W-U-E-R-F-F-E-L ;)Our entire defense was trying to tackle the ball instead of player. Didn't work out too well. That's alright, it got us motivated for NC in '96 :)

+1

That squad only knew the arm tackle. It was painful. Thank goodness for Danny boy. 3rd and 26 felt like a sure thing back then.

July 8, 2010  11:09 AM ET
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+1That squad only knew the arm tackle. It was painful. Thank goodness for Danny boy. 3rd and 26 felt like a sure thing back then.

Converting 3rd and 26, that is....

July 8, 2010  11:19 AM ET
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Converting 3rd and 26, that is....

Water walker was pretty good at 3 and long as well.

 
July 8, 2010  11:34 AM ET
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Doesn't really matter. NE offense stinks but many a player saw great stats during the annual spring game only to disappear when it mattered.

We'll see what happens this fall. I'm thinkin' we'll be 2-0 against the 'Horns our last year in the unequal XII......

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