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#22 Rex Burkhead

Sr IB 5-11 210 lbs

Hometown: Plano, Texas
Previous School: Plano
Recruited By: Tim Beck, John Papuchis
Recruiting Class: 2009

What to Make of Jamal Turner at Quarterback

It's hard to take the move of Jamal Turner to quarterback as a vote of confidence for the other options Nebraska has at the position.  Whether he's meant to be a Wildcat quarterback, a backup, or a potential starter, it doesn't send the message that the Huskers have an over-abundance …

Is it Better to Be Lucky or Good?

It goes without saying that the amount of success that Nebraska has on the field in 2014 will have a great deal to do with the play of their quarterback.  But the fickle finger of fate has a way of nudging teams toward victory or defeat that can't really be …

Should NU Fans Temper Offensive Expectations?

With so much experience returning from a Nebraska offense that was very good a year ago, it's natural to expect another good year on that side of the ball.  Since players tend to improve with age, there are those forecasting huge things for 2013.  But might there be reasons not …

Huskers Seize Opportunities in Preseason NFL Action

The NFL preseason is generally meaningless in terms of ranking teams for the upcoming season, but it can be vital for players seeking to make a roster and earn playing time.  Last night's action saw a number of Huskers show well. 

Ameer Abdullah to Win Big Ten Rushing Title?

Among the offseason topics being kicked around is who might win the rushing title in the Big Ten in 2013.  Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah's name has come up along with OSU's Carlos Hyde, and Northwestern's Venric Mark (among others).  Abdullah certainly has the talent to compete for the rushing …

Huskers Must Compete to Win NFL Jobs

The NFL draft this past weekend didn't paint a cushy scenario for any of the departing Huskers.  It also put some Nebraska alums in the NFL on notice.  It's nice to be drafted or signed as a free agent, but making the roster is what matters in the end.  Here's …

Getting a Read on the Zone Read

The zone read has been a frequent component of the Husker offense under Bo Pelini.  When you look at highlights involving the returning Huskers (Taylor Martinez, Ameer Abdullah, Imani Cross) you don't necessarily see the play have the same impact it did with Roy Helu and Rex Burkhead.  Is it …

Ameer Abdullah in Rare Territory

When you glance at some of the statistics accumulated by Rex Burkhead in his time at Nebraska, you almost wonder if the affection for him is out of proportion to his achievements.  Until you look at one statistic - touchdowns.  Only a handful of players in Husker history have gotten …

Keep Your Eye on Burtch

Walk-on wide receivers don't often excite the Husker Nation.  You have to go back to Brendan Holbein in 1996 to find a walk-on wideout that led NU in receptions.  But there aren't many walk-ons at the position that come in with the credentials of Sam Burtch of Murdock, Nebraska.  Burtch …

Heard to Transfer?

While Nebraska is squarely in the  home stretch of recruiting season, it may be time to do some real recruiting of a player already on their team.  An Ohio TV station has reported that running back Braylon Heard will transfer closer to home.  Apparently, Heard never mentioned that to Pelini, …

Georgia Pulls Away From Nebraska in Capital One Bowl

<font size="2"><font size="2">The major concern for Nebraska heading into their contest with Georgia in the Capital One Bowl was how well the defense would play. College football can often be surprising but the outcome in this game wasn't. The Bulldogs rolled up nearly 600 yards on the day and scored …

Ten Huskers Honored on All-Big Ten Squads

The Big Ten Conference released their All-Conference football squads on Monday night. The B1G does things a bit differently, releasing their coaches and media lists at the same time. They also released their first batch of individual award winners. All of this can be found right here. Nebraska fans can …

Nebraska Pounds Out Victory at Iowa

<font size="2">The return of Rex Burkhead was just in time for Nebraska as he helped the Huskers pound their way to a 13-7 victory in Iowa City.</font>

Oh Yeah, Huskers Added a Four-Star Running Back

<font size="2">It wasn't totally lost on the Big Red Network that Nebraska added a commitment to the class of 2013 at running back. Adam Taylor is four-star prospect that's reportedly had offers from Alabama, Florida State, and Oklahoma among a number of other programs. The Katy, Texas prospect is listed …

Nebraska Cruises to Win Over Minnesota

Nebraska sent its senior class and Tom Osborne out the right way with an easy victory over Minnesota.  The score was 24-0 at the half and 38-14 at the conclusion and still probably wasn't that close.  The Huskers had a 447 to 174 yard advantage.  Most of those yards for …

A Salute to Nebraska's Seniors

<font size="2">Saturday's game against Minnesota may not generate a ton of enthusiasm around the state or around the nation but it will be the final home game for the seniors. This group has the chance to be the first to go through a season undefeated at home and to play …

Are Penn State's Roster Losses Overblown?

<font size="2">Many of us old school Husker fans grew up with no love for Penn State. The controversial 1982 game seemed like a travesty. The 2002 game saw travelling NU fans treated horribly by the PSU locals and the lopsided contest seemed to send that year's team into a spiral …

Huskers Prep Without Rex

Rex Burkhead did not practice in pads on Wednesday. His status is listed as "day to day", but it is hard to expect a player who isn't practicing on Wednesday to be a major contributor on the weekend. The implications for Nebraska - prepare more backups at running back and …

Nebraska Escapes Evanston with a Win

Apologies for our tardiness.  The BRN staff were attending this game (and actively poisoning our livers).  However, in the light of day we offer our recap on a game that was both exhilarating and infuriating at the same time.

Should NU Play Five Linebackers Against Northwestern?

<font size="2">The book on Northwestern's offense is an easy read. Quarterback/receiver Kain Colter can kill you with his legs. Running back Venric Mark can kill you with runs and in the return game. No one else does much of anything. Given the Huskers' great difficulty in stopping running quarterbacks, how …

Nebraska Loses Badly at Ohio State

<font size="2">Husker fans had three concerns going into their game against OSU. First, would they be able to avoid penalties? They weren't. More importantly, could they avoid turnovers. They didn't. Finally, would they be able to stop the rushing threat posed by Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller. They couldn't. The result? …

Tackle Braxton Miller

<font size="2">Ohio State is a five point favorite going into this week's game against Nebraska Saturday night in Columbus. On paper, that might be a surprise given that the Huskers have been better in every major offensive category, in the return game, and in a number of the major defensive …

Huskers Stage Big Comeback to Beat Wisconsin

In a game that was reminiscient of the outing against Ohio State a year ago, the Huskers staged a big comeback to beat Wisconsin on homecoming night 30-27.  Taylor Martinez was maligned going into the game by Badger defensive end David Gilbert.  For a while, Gilbert seemed prophetic.  By the …

Soundtrack for a Beatdown

<font size="2">On Saturday, we'll see Nebraska take the field against Wisconsin in alternate uniforms. While some old school fans are disgusted by the very thought, change is something you usually have to accept. In fact, as long as they're changing things up, why stop at the uniforms? Some of the …

Nebraska Cruises Against Idaho State

<font size="2">In a moment of candor leading up this week's contest with ISU, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini admitted that he didn't like to play lower division schools.  About a quarter into this one, it was clear why. The Bengals may not have asked for a mercy rule, but for …

The Case For and Against a UCLA Upset

<font size="2">The predictions for Nebraska's visit to UCLA this week tend to have the Huskers winning somewhere between a few points and two touchdowns. You even see a few bold souls, predicting an upset by the Bruins. Given how bad UCLA was a year ago and how well NU as …

Twitter Blitz

This week has all the usual about injury reports, game planning, and opponent discussion.  But there is not much usual about playing a road game early in the non conference schedule.  From @HuskerExtraBR: This is only the second time since 2000 that Nebraska has played a road game in the …

The Whole Season in a Game

Game one is in the books and there are still just as many questions about this team as there were before the season began.  But the questions are not the same ones.  The problem with a small sample set is that Nebraska strengths cannot be extrapolated and the level of …

Backing Up Burkhead

After an off season and preseason filled with big expectations and a hashtag Heisman campaign (#factsaboutrex), few fans could have ever expected or predicted that Rex Burkhead would get injured on just his third carry of the year. Even Superman can sprain his knee, I guess. While coaches are downplaying the …

Martinez Shines As Huskers Romp Over Southern Miss

Taylor Martinez had a career day passing for Nebraska as the Cornhuskers used a high-powered offense to pull away from Southern Miss, 49-20 in the opening game of the season. Martinez's numbers on the day - five touchdown passes, 354 yards, 76% completion rate - fly in the face of …

The Heisman Chances of a Nebraska Running Back

It has been nearly thirty years since a Nebraska running back has won the Heisman Trophy.  The All American Mike Rozier decimated Nebraska and Big Eight records at the time, and cracked a couple of NCAA records.  Since that point, there have been 28 other Heisman Trophies awarded, but only …

Awards Watchlists Agree, Rex is the Sexy Pick

Preseason watchlists are often a reflection of which players had successful seasons the year before.  Rex Burkhead is not an exception, leading the Huskers by being on three different watchlists.  The durable running back is an easy pick as he led the Huskers with a 1357 yards rushing, 15 touchdowns, …

The Best Offense in the Conference

Any discussion about offenses should start out with one most important point.  The team that scores more points wins the game, not the team with the most yards piled up.  Defense and Special Teams have to play their parts in successful seasons, but the offense that can avoid turnovers and …

Michigan Another Big Game

<font size="2">Once upon a time in both the Big Eight and Big Ten, it wasn't uncommon for the superpowers to have what was essentially a one game season. Oklahoma-Nebraska would decide the Big 8. Ohio State-Michigan would determine the Big 10. But things have changed. A year ago, the critical game …

Husker Fans Will See Players in the Heisman Hunt

<font size="2">Among the ways to enjoy college football each year is not only to cheer on your favorite team or monitor games involving other teams, but to see which player week to week is putting themselves in the best position to win the Heisman trophy. Since it's a national award, much of …

What to Expect in the Opener

<font size="2">How often do you see a new head coach with a new starting quarterback walk into the first game of the season in Lincoln and walk out with a victory? The answer is probably something pretty close to never. That's the task that will face Southern Mississippi. Meanwhile, the …

Huskers Higher on Potential Than Measurables

If you're a different kind of Husker fan like me, yesterday marked a special occasion.  The release of Phil Steele's 2012 College Football Preview is the beginning of the countdown to the first kickoff of the season.  And like me, those peculiar types of football fans will do two things.  …

Road Trippin'

<font size="2">While many folks are planning summer vacations, some of the more proactive football fans are already making travel plans for the 2011-2012 season. Most people are constrained by either a finite budget, finite time, or both. Which means, there might be only a single game that they can attend. …

Phil Steele's Preseason All Conference Picks

As far as preseason selection go, guessing which players will garner the top honors by the end of the year may be the toughest picks.  Phil Steele is known for his methodical predictions and meticulous statistics of teams and their final standings.  Selecting preseason all conference teams can only be …

Can a Team be Great Without (Much) NFL Talent?

<font size="2">The Omaha World-Herald's Sam McKewon recently shared some predictions for Husker players in the 2013 NFL draft.  <font size="2">It doesn't make 2013 look like a banner draft year for Nebraska. It raises the question, if NU is lacking high draft picks, what might that suggest about the prospects for …

Green's Puzzling Transfer

<font size="2">It's not surprising to see a player or two transfer after the completion of spring football. Often, a player's rank in the pecking order becomes clear and it may become apparent that someone else is likely to get more playing time at their position. But if you were told …

Cancellation Underscores Unimportance of Spring Game

<font size="2">For those of us born and raised in or around Lincoln, the Red-White game each spring was always a milestone. It was the only chance to see the team play (and at a nice discount) between the bowl game and the start of the season in late August or …

Handicapping the Spring Game

<font size="2">The Nebraska Athletic Department has released the rosters for the Spring game. <font size="2">Based on what we see, which team has the edge?</font></font>

Pelini Answers Questions About Offense

Coach Bo Pelini was able to take some time to answer some questions with the media after Saturday's 90 minute scrimmage.  The questions and answers focused on the offense, its growth, and positive areas.  He briefly touched on the the offensive mindset and the evaluation that went on during the …

Will Emphasis on Footwork Pay Off for Martinez?

<font size="2">The news for Husker fans coming out of the off week is that quarterback Taylor Martinez spent his Spring Break honing his game. In particular, it's been his footwork when he throws the football that he was working on. That seems to address one of the key criticisms that …

Time for a Reed Revival?

<font size="2">In the offseason, it's easy for fans to look over the roster, envision the best case scenario for a player and get really excited about what that player might produce on the field. Such was the buzz around Kyler Reed a year ago. It made sense given that Reed …

What Might the Class of 2013 Look Like?

<font size="2">There's still almost eleven months before the next class of Husker recruits sign letters of intent. Still, the anticipation of future talent might be second only to the anticipation for actual games. The games won't happen until September, but verbal commitments can continue to come in year-round. When Bo …

Bo Pelini and the Signs of Spring

Yesterday, Steve had some questions that would be nice to see Bo Pelini answer as opposed to his (any any coach's) habit of evading real answers when presented with straightforward question.  Surprisingly, there was plenty of real answers to real questions during the first official spring conference between Pelini and …

Questions for Bo Pelini

<font size="2">Today marks a press conference for Bo Pelini to help launch spring practices. We may get to hear some of his thoughts on Terry Joseph, the move of running back Braylon Heard to cornerback, and maybe an update on the injuries to defensive tackles Chase Rome and Kevin Williams. But what …

Southern Mississippi Might Look Like Early Pinkel Teams

<font size="2">The last time Nebraska last beat Southern Mississippi it was 2003. Frank Solich was the head coach. A lot has changed since then. Both schools have changed head coaches twice. Yet as the Golden Eagles begin spring practice to prepare for their season debut against the Huskers, there's another …

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  • Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010)
  • Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2010, 2011)
  • Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches, 2010)
  • First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2010)
  • 2-Time Nebraska Lifter of the Year (2010, 2011)
  • Honorable-Mention All-American (Sports Illustrated, 2011)
  • Doak Walker Semifinalist (1 of 10, 2011)
  • First-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media, ESPN, Phil Steele, 2011)
  • Second-Team All-Big Ten (Yahoo.com, 2011)
  • Rivals.com Big Ten Player of the Week (vs. Ohio State and vs. Michigan State, 2011)
  • School Record Holder for Single-Game Carries (38 vs. Iowa, 2011)
  • Tied School Record For Most Consecutive Games with a Touchdown (10, 2011)
  • First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American (2011)
  • Academic All-District VII (2011)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2011)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2011)