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LHS product Penny drawing attention

July 28, 2000

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— They also serve who stand and hold dummies " like Nebraska University's football walk-ons.

Jon Penny, a Lawrence High product, is in his fourth year as a NU walk-on linebacker this fall.

Penny wasn't at the Big 12 football media days on Thursday, but another NU linebacker was.

"He's a great player," Carlos Polk said of the 6-foot-1, 222-pound Penny. "He motivates you. He works hard on every play."

Penny is one of countless walk-ons at a program that made the species famous.

"Yeah, we have a lot of 'em," Polk said with a smile. "They help us get prepared. You can only go as far as they take you."

  • Baylor Delayed: Baylor coach Kevin Steele and players Greg Cicero and Ken Micheaux were delayed about two hours when their private plane was grounded in Oklahoma City because of storms. "The pilot told me, 'Coach, we're going to have to land'," Steele related. "I said, 'Don't tell me. Land it.'"

  • Another Bowl Game: A seventh bowl game has been added to the Big 12 Conference mix this season. It's the galleryfurniture.com Bowl. It's scheduled for Dec. 27 in Houston, Texas.

  • The Quiet Man: Colorado coach Gary Barnett said it about Bobby Pesavento, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback who transferred from Fort Scott CC. "He's very low-key. He has ice water in his veins. He won the respect of our players. A lot of junior college players come in and think they have all the answers."

  • Tale of Two Schedules: Colorado's first three league games are against Kansas State, Texas A&M and Texas. Nebraska's first three conference contests are against Missouri, Iowa State and Texas Tech.

  • Mr. Lucky: Nebraska middle linebacker Carlos Polk wears un-middle linebacker-like No. 13 on his uniform: "Really, that's my lucky number," Polk said. "Some people say it's unlucky, but it isn't for me. I'm one who dares to be different, I guess."

  • Not 78 and Not 80: Baylor coach Steele said it about the Bears' goals after last year's 1-10 record. "We have 79 goals. That may sound funny, but we have to get better in everything."

  • Air Stoops: Second-year Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said it about last year's Josh Heupel-led aerial circus. "We feel that you have to throw the ball to win in the Big 12. Good teams obviously need to do both, but I thought we would have a better opportunity to the move the football, score points and win football games with this style of system."

  • Rookie Boss: New Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, a former Oklahoma aide, said it. "I keep plugging away every day, and wake up and do it over again. I think the hardest thing was leaving the players at Oklahoma, and the best thing is getting to know the players at Texas Tech."

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