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Trial Date Set for Nevada QB

November 18, 1998

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Nevada quarterback David Neill has pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor theft charge and will go to trial Jan. 21 on a charge that he used a stolen telephone card.

Neill’s lawyer, Tom Viloria, entered the plea on his behalf Tuesday in Reno Justice Court.

The 18-year-old freshman was arrested Oct. 13 with teammates Mark Marcos and Chris Haagenson.

All three were charged initially with grand larceny, a felony, and were suspended from the team.

But Neill’s charge subsequently was reduced to a misdemeanor and he was reinstated after a week’s suspension.

Neill set a NCAA freshman passing record with 611 yards against New Mexico State on Oct. 10 and ranks fifth nationally in total offense. He is scheduled to start in Nevada’s home finale Saturday against Southern Mississippi.

Marcos and Haagenson, freshmen receivers, are accused of stealing the telephone cards and destroying a vending machine that dispenses the cards. They are set to go to trial Dec. 9.

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