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Monday, August 07, 2006

Nebraska lose Starting Cornerback

Nebraska cornerback Zackary Bowman will miss the season after injuring his left knee during a one-on-one drill.

Bowman, who started the last five games in 2005, came down on his leg wrong while defending a corner route during Saturday's practice. He had an MRI exam Sunday, revealing a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

"We felt at the time that it happened that it was just a sprained knee," coach Bill Callahan said. "We were disappointed to hear that it could possibly be a ligament, but then, of course, the MRI this morning proved that it was positive and that he will be out for the season."

Bowman, a senior from Anchorage, Alaska, made 27 tackles and a team-leading 14 pass breakups last season and was second on the team with two interceptions.

"Just visiting with him he feels that he's going to come back for another year, which is tremendous" Callahan said. "He does have a redshirt, so that's great."

Defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove said junior college transfer Andre Jones would step in for Bowman.

The Associated Press News Service


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