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Huskers lose linebacker

September 5, 2005

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— Surgery was scheduled Sunday for Nebraska weakside linebacker Steve Octavien, who will miss the rest of the season after breaking a leg in the Cornhuskers' football victory over Maine.

Octavien, who was among 17 newcomers to play for Nebraska on Saturday, was injured during a punt return early in the second quarter.

He made four tackles in the first quarter, including two behind the line of scrimmage. He tackled Maine quarterback Ron Whitcomb for a four-yard loss on the first play.

"Steve did make plays early," Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said. "You saw his ability to run and be active and obviously use his athleticism to make those plays. We'll certainly miss him."

Octavien, a junior, could apply to the Big 12 Conference for a medical-hardship ruling that would allow him to have two years of eligibility.

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