Ten Named to Brook Berringer Citizens Team

Ten members of the 2006 football team comprise the 11th annual Brook Berringer Citizenship Team as announced by the Nebraska Athletic Department. The student-athletes will be recognized on the field before kickoff of Saturday's Red-White Spring Game at Memorial Stadium.

The Brook Berringer Citizenship Team was established by the Husker football program in honor of former Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer, who died in a plane crash in April of 1996. Berringer was a member of NU's back-to-back national championship teams in 1994 and 1995. He was also one of the most dedicated Husker volunteers in the community with youth, both in Nebraska and in his hometown of Goodland, Kan. The team honors players who display a similar love and dedication for volunteering in the community.

This year's Berringer Citizenship Team is headlined by four repeat honorees on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team, including a pair of three-time honorees. Offensive lineman Greg Austin, who completed his eligibility in 2006, has been named to the team for the third consecutive year. Joining Austin as a three-time honoree is junior place-kicker Jake Wesch, who also earned a spot on the team in 2005 and 2006. Junior punter Dan Titchener and senior fullback Matt Senske were each named to the Berringer team for the second consecutive year.

Six Nebraska players have been named to the team for the first time in their careers. The first-time honorees include former defensive back Titus Brothers, senior offensive lineman Victory Haines, redshirt freshman wide receiver Will Henry, junior wide receiver Todd Peterson, senior tight end J.B. Phillips and 2006 senior safety Brandon Rigoni.

Coach Bill Callahan has made a commitment to the Husker football team giving back to the community. The football program is again a contender for Nebraska's Team Life Skills Award, which will be presented at the annual Student-Athlete Academic Banquet on Sunday, April 15. The football team won the award in 2005 and was among the finalists in 2006.

In addition to hundreds of individual community outreach activities, the Huskers have had several team Life Skills events, including visiting Lincoln area hospitals last fall and an upcoming visit to Omaha area hospitals.

Assistant Athletic Director for Student Life Keith Zimmer will make the presentation to the Berringer team recipients.

2007 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team
Name                           Pos.     Hometown                   Years on Team
Greg Austin                   OL        Cypress, Texas             2005, 2006, 2007

Titus Brothers                DB        San Antonio, Texas        2007

Victory Haines               OL        Logan, Utah                   2007
Will Henry                     WR       El Paso, Texas              2007

Todd Peterson               WR       Grand Island, Neb.         2007

J.B. Phillips                   TE        Colleyville, Texas           2007

Brandon Rigoni              S          Lincoln, Neb.                 2007

Matt Senske                  FB        Bellevue, Neb.               2006, 2007
Dan Titchener                P          Cheyenne, Wyo.            2006, 2007
Jake Wesch                  PK        North
Bend, Neb.
           2005, 2006, 2007

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