Nebraska Running Back Quits Team
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska running back DeAngelo Evans, off to a slow start, quit the team today.
The junior I-back missed practice and a team meeting Monday. He has had numerous injuries, limiting his playing time during his years at the school.
He regained his starting spot this season, but in two games he carried just 19 times for 74 yards and no touchdowns.
Evans’ decision comes amid grumbling by players about playing time.
Coach Frank Solich said sophomore Eric Crouch will start at quarterback against Southern Mississippi on Saturday, and junior Bobby Newcombe will start as a receiver and return punts.
Solich said he wants both players, who have vied for the starting spot at quarterback, to be on the field for the No. 4 Cornhuskers.
Two weeks ago, Solich visited Crouch in Omaha after the sophomore reportedly became upset when junior Bobby Newcombe was named the starter.
Last week, backup I-back Correll Buckhalter, the team’s leading rusher last season, left practice for three days, apparently upset over the lack of playing time.
He carried 148 times and gained 776 yards as a freshman in 1996, but he missed 1997 with a pelvic injury.
His 1998 season also was cut short. He missed the first three games with a knee injury. When he returned, he carried 38 times for 218 yards and four touchdowns in three games. But he sat out the rest of the year with an injured big toe and bruised tailbone.
Evans had knee surgery after the 1998 season and had hoped to return to full speed this fall.