When Nebraska takes the field Saturday for a game against Michigan that will go a long way in determining the Legends’ representative in the Big Ten title game, they may very well do so without its second-leading rusher.
For the second time since suffering a sprained MCL in the season opener, Rex Burkhead aggravated the knee injury in the first quarter of last Saturday’s win over Northwestern. That aggravation sidelined him for the remainder of that game, and could do the same this Saturday as well.
As a result, the Huskers “would probably be inclined” to hold the back out of the huge game against the Wolverines. Burkhead didn’t practice Monday as he attempts to get past the lingering injury issue.
“I know he’s doing a lot of working out, running, things like that,” offensive coordinator Tim Beck said. “But as far as what we did today, he didn’t do anything.”
As he’s missed all or parts of five games this season, Burkhead, who led the Huskers in rushing last season with 1,357 yards and 15 touchdowns, has “just” 405 yards and three scores this season. His replacement, Ameer Abdullah, leads the team with 615 yards and seven touchdowns.
The super-sub said he will be ready to go should he get the call again this weekend.
“I take every week as if I’m starting the game, and when I am in the game, I’m trying to be effective,” said Abdullah. “I don’t take the week differently depending on workloads. I just try to stay consistent.”