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Burkhead’s return to Huskers? ‘Oh man it’s hard to tell’

Rex Burkhead

As Nebraska looks to take a step closer to clinching its first-ever Big Ten legends division title, the Cornhuskers could once again be without the services of one of its top running backs.

Rex Burkhead sprained an MCL in the season opener and has missed five games since, including each of the last three.  When asked after practice Monday about Burkhead’s availability for this weekend’s game against Minnesota, offensive coordinator Tim Beck was non-committal.

“Oh man it is hard to tell,” Beck said in comments distributed by the school. “A lot is going to depend on how Rex (Burkhead) feels and what he can give us. Whatever that is and whenever that is we will be ready. We will welcome him back for sure.”

Burkhead has rushed for 405 yards and three touchdowns in four games and part of another one in which he aggravated the injury.

If Burkhead is again unable to go, the bulk of the running game load would fall to Ameer Abdullah, who leads the team with 942 yards and is tied for tops in rushing touchdowns with eight.

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3 Responses to “Burkhead’s return to Huskers? ‘Oh man it’s hard to tell’”
  1. sbuel2 says: Nov 13, 2012 12:35 PM

    Burkhead is a terrific player and a great young man, good student and does so much more than school and football. May he have a speedy recovery and whatever works out best for him. He has done a lot for Husker football but needs to take care of himself this time.

  2. huskersrock1 says: Nov 13, 2012 1:59 PM

    Save him for the Big 10 championship and Bowl game, unless Minnesota or Iowa open up a big lead on us, which they way we have been playing, is entirely possible.

  3. ukeone says: Nov 13, 2012 2:03 PM

    If I were Coach Pelini, I wouldn’t take a chance on aggravating Burkhead’s healing injury, as the current “3″ running back rotation has done very well so far, and should be able to take care of business with both Minnesota & Iowa. Abdullah has been totally amazing, while Heard & Cross have more than proven their worth to the running game. I’d save Burkhead for Indianapolis and the B1G championship in three weeks (giving the Huskers a ‘full & healthy 4-man backfield’ to work with) when they have to meet Wisconsin again for a 2nd time this season. That will be a hand-full as they have also come along really well down the home stretch. Strategically, the Husker are well on their way to Pasadena, as long as they know what’s ahead of them these next two weeks & finish the job in Indianapolis, while sticking with Pelini’s ‘team-challenge’ to ‘finish the season’…I’m confident they’ll do it this time…STAY FOCUSED, GUYS!!!…& GO HUSKERS!!!

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