Mother of missing Nebraska QB Beck says he's 'safe'

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The mother of Nebraska backup quarterback
Harrison Beck said her son, who skipped practice Saturday, is
disgruntled with the amount of work he has received the first few
days of preseason camp.

Evelyn Beck-Bothwell told the Lincoln Journal Star on Saturday
night that Beck sent her a text message that read: "I'm safe."

Coach Bill Callahan said after practice that he didn't know
Beck's whereabouts and that he was concerned about him.

"We contacted his parents," Callahan said. "He didn't arrive
for afternoon meetings, so we are concerned. We are trying to
contact him at the moment."

Callahan said Beck was at meetings in the morning, but didn't
return after lunch.

"I talked to the players about it, and it really came as a
surprise to all of us," Callahan said.

The Associated Press couldn't reach Beck or Beck-Bothwell for
comment. A phone message left for Beck's high school coach, John
Davis of Countryside High in Clearwater, Fla., was not immediately

Beck-Bothwell told the Journal Star that her son was upset
because Joe Ganz was receiving more practice repetitions behind
starter Zac Taylor.

"Maybe if he would have stayed in the SEC, he would've been
playing," Beck-Bothwell said. "Maybe he made the wrong decision.
He knows that playbook. It's just an issue of not getting respect
from the older players."

Running back Cody Glenn told reporters last week that older
players on the team chided Beck last spring for not taking football
seriously enough.

"Harrison, he's the kind of guy where he has all the physical
tools. He can throw it a mile and throw it hard as anybody I've
seen in my life," Glenn said. "He has to mature a little more.
You saw that a lot this past summer, how he came in and tried to
take control and be more of a leader as opposed to last year. He
would kind of goof off and jack around and not really take this
stuff seriously.

"This year it's like a totally different Harrison."

Beck appeared in two games as a freshman last season, completing
one of 10 passes. His only completion, a 21-yarder to Nate Swift,
helped set up the winning field goal against Kansas State.

Beck-Bothwell told the Journal Star that her son would beat out
Taylor for the starting quarterback's job if the coaches devoted
more time to him. She said Taylor is "just OK."

"It'd be different if he was sitting behind Matt Leinart or
Brady Quinn," Beck-Bothwell said.