1970 Day by Day: Sept. 2

That First Championship Season
Sept. 2: Snakebit at the center position.

The Huskers took another hit at center as sophomore Doug Jamail suffered a badly sprained ankle during scrimmaging Wednesday.

Sophomore Doug Dumler now appeared to be a shoo-in to start in the Sept. 12 opener against Wake Forest. Dumler, who began fall camp at No. 3, took over the No. 1 spot after Bill Janssen broke his arm Saturday.

Also suffering a sprained ankle Wednesday was Monte Johnson. The sophomore had moved up to No. 2 at middle guard just two days earlier.

Wednesday’s scrimmaging consisted of “four-down territory” work, with the offense starting 30 yards from the goal line. Jerry Tagge directed the No. 1 offense to several touchdowns against the No. 1 defense. When the No. 2 units squared off against each other, it was “pretty much a standoff,” coach Bob Devaney said.

Van Brownson, operating the No. 2 offense, bruised his right elbow but wasn’t expected to miss any practices.

The Omaha World-Herald said these position battles on defense had yet to be settled:

  • John Hyland vs. John Adkins at left end.
  • John Pitts vs. Willie Harper at right end.
  • Rich Glover vs. Larry Jacobson at tackle.
  • Ed Periard vs. Johnson at middle guard.
  • John Decker vs. Bill Kosch vs. Joe Blahak at left cornerback.
  • Kosch vs. Gary Hollstein at safety.