Dane Todd to Receive Brook Berringer Scholarship

Nebraska junior fullback Dane Todd is the 2005 recipient of the Brook Berringer Memorial Endowed Scholarship. The endowment was established by a benefit concert given on Aug. 27, 1997, by the members of the country singing group, Sawyer Brown, who were friends of Berringer. The scholarship was endowed in memory of former Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer, who died in a plane crash on April 18, 1996.

Dane Todd will be recognized on the field during pre-game ceremonies before Saturday night's game with Maine. Todd will be joined by his parents Loy and Kim, and the award will be presented by members of the Berringer family.

Berringer was the epitome of a backup quarterback–patient, but always prepared, both mentally and physically, to take over when needed. Berringer served as Tommie Frazier's backup in 1994 until the starter's season ended because of blood clots. With poise and grace, Berringer calmly led Nebraska to eight consecutive victories and to the national championship game against Miami in the Orange Bowl.

An excellent student, Berringer graduated in December 1995 with a degree in business administration. He was expected to be selected in the 1996 NFL draft on April 20-21, but did not get to live out his dream. As a result of Berringer's extensive community service effort, the Husker football program established the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team honoring current Huskers for consistent and dedicated community service.

Criteria for the Brook Berringer Memorial Endowed Scholarship include the following: Must be a scholarship football student-athlete; must be involved in community service along with high ideals, excellent character and integrity.

Todd is arguably Nebraska's top scholar-athlete. The Lincoln Southeast graduate carries a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and was a 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honoree and a first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick. Todd is also a leader in the community, being named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team each of his first three seasons at Nebraska. The citizenship team recognizes players who take a leading role in the Huskers' community outreach activities. Todd has volunteered his time with numerous outreach activities, including American Education Week, School is Cool Week, the UNL Shadowing Program, and the Dads of Kids with Disabilities Program.

On the field, Todd is Nebraska's No. 1 fullback heading into the opener against Maine, after playing in all 11 games with two receptions last season.

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