Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 6/190 - Rex Burkhead, RB, 5-10, 214, Nebraska...Finished fifth in school history with 3,329 yards but was limited this past season due to a sprained knee and played in only eight games. He is a running back much like Brian Leonard, who is now with Tampa Bay, in that he can do whatever is asked. He will also have an impact on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 6/190 - Rex Burkhead, RB, 5-10, 214, Nebraska...Finished fifth in school history with 3,329 yards but was limited this past season due to a sprained knee and played in only eight games. He is a running back much like Brian Leonard, who is now with Tampa Bay, in that he can do whatever is asked. He will also have an impact on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
03/16/13 - 2013 Nebraska Pro Day: Representatives from 12 NFL teams were on hand for Nebraska’s pro day on Thursday, which took place indoors and on field turf. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker coach Paul Guenther were among the coaches on hand.
Rex Burkhead, RB (5-10 1/8, 210 pounds) - The Nebraska rusher posted times of 4.66 and 4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He put together a strong workout and showed scouts that he has an exceptionally good pair of hands. Burkhead wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but his performance showed he has promise to play at the next level. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/08/13 - 2013 Nebraska Pro Day: In front of a handful of NFL scouts, Nebraska seniors omitted from the NFL scouting combine got a little more clarification on where they stand in the upcoming NFL Draft in April. The extra info doesn’t mean much though, according to Will Compton. “There’s so much wild stuff that happens,” he said. “(NFL Draft analyst Mike) Mayock and them are right up until about pick six, after that, everybody’s shocked.”
Thursday’s pro day gave Nebraska’s graduated seniors and two former Huskers a chance to show off in front of scouts and assistant coaches from eight NFL teams. Compton said scouts informed him he helped himself quite a bit, after 24 bench press reps of 225 pounds and a 40-yard dash time below 4.6 seconds. “I was kind of nervous about that,” Compton said. “As long as I beat what everybody else out there thought. When I hit (4.54) today I was ecstatic.” Multiple scouts including the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders spent time talking to Burkhead, who impressed in running back drills as well as pass-catching exercises. - Grant Muessel, The Daily Nebraskan
03/08/13 - 2013 Nebraska Pro Day: Former NU I-back Rex Burkhead used Pro Day to take care of his biggest regret from the NFL Combine. Burkhead focused only on the 40-yard dash in recent weeks and took part only in that drill and some position work Thursday. It paid off as he went from a disappointing 4.73 in Indianapolis to times in the 4.5s. “I wanted to go into the low 4.5s,” he said. “I ended up getting in there with some times down there, so I definitely did what I needed to do.” Burkhead still found a way to be the last one out of the Hawks Center, staying later to catch some punts and kicks and work as a slot receiver for those watching. “Just trying to show my versatility and everything I could do,” he said. - Sam McKewon and Rich Kaipust, World-Herald News
02/27/13 - Walk into the Hawks Championship Center Wednesday morning and you'd find a bunch of Huskers from last year's senior class - including Rex Burkhead, just returned from his NFL combine experience. He was out there working out with guys like Eric Martin, Cameron Meredith, Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed. None of those players received an NFL combine invite. But they've been working out every day in Lincoln in preparation for Nebraska's March 7 test date for pro prospects. I'll have a story on them coming. But I was also interested in hearing from Burkhead about his trip to Indianapolis. Burkhead fared very well in most of his tests at the combine, placing in the Top 5 at his position in five of seven categories. But one area Burkhead wants to improve on is his 40 time. He posted an official time of 4.73 at the combine.
So Burkhead is planning on re-running the 40 for NFL evaluators next Thursday and doing some position work. He'll let his other numbers from the combine stand. "I think overall I did pretty well," Burkhead said. "Definitely would have liked to have ran faster. I think I could have posted a better time. But I got another chance at the Pro Day, so hopefully I do it then." Burkhead said he's aiming for low 4.5s with his 40. It was tough to find faults with any of Burkhead's other numbers. He was second among running back in three of the seven drills. "I think some of the teams wanted to see how athletic I was," he said. "I think I definitely showed that in some of those other tests." - Brian Christopherson, The Lincoln Journal Star
01/01/13 - Scouting the Nebraska running game: Senior RB Rex Burkhead returned for the Huskers' last two games after missing four straight games, and six overall, because of a sprained MCL. In his absence, sophomore Ameer Abdullah rushed for a team-best 1,089 yards on 219 carries. QB Taylor Martinez is a dangerous threat out of the zone read, or when scrambling to avoid pressure. He's scored on runs of 92 and 76 yards. - The Sports Xchange
11/23/12 - Rex Burkhead scored the go-ahead touchdown in his return from a knee injury and No. 17 Nebraska beat Iowa 13-7 on Friday to secure a spot in the Big Ten title game. The Huskers (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) will face off against Wisconsin next Saturday in Indianapolis. It'll be a rematch of Nebraska's thrilling 30-27 home win over the Badgers in late September. Burkhead, making his first appearance since aggravating a sprained left knee on Oct. 20 against Northwestern, broke through with a 3-yard TD run to make it 13-7 late in the third quarter. Alonzo Whaley's interception with 2:11 left sealed the victory for Nebraska.
The Huskers defense held the Hawkeyes (4-8, 2-6) scoreless in the final three quarters in windy conditions. Mark Weisman had 91 yards rushing for Iowa, which finished the season on a six-game losing streak. The Hawkeyes will miss out on a bowl game for just the second time since 2000. Nebraska's offense spent much of the day stifled by a stiff wind that gisted up to 40 mph and a surprisingly stout Iowa defense. Fittingly, quarterback Taylor Martinez and Burkhead teamed up to put the Huskers ahead. - AP Sports
11/23/12 - No. 14 Nebraska relied on its defense and an emotional spark from the return of senior running back Rex Burkhead to outlast Iowa 13-7 on Friday to win the Legends Division of the Big Ten Conference. Nebraska (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) will play Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship on Dec. 1 in Indianapolis, with the winner receiving the conference's automatic berth to the Rose Bowl. On a cold and windy day at Kinnick Stadium, Nebraska's only touchdown came from Burkhead, who'd missed the Huskers' last four games while recovering from a sprained MCL.
Burkhead didn't play in the first half but scored on 3-yard run to give Nebraska a 13-7 lead with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter. Iowa (4-8, 2-6) gained only two first downs on its final four possessions, and Nebraska linebacker Alonzo Whaley intercepted James Vandenberg at the Iowa 35-yard line with 2:11 remaining. Burkhead, who finished with 69 yards on 16 carries, then ran four times as Nebraska ran out the clock for their sixth straight victory. - The Sports Xchange
11/13/12 - Rex Burkhead would love to say he'll play Saturday when Nebraska meets Minnesota on senior day. He can't, though, because he just doesn't know. It's been this way for weeks. The 2011 All-Big Ten running back sprained his left knee in the opener of his final season at Nebraska and has aggravated the injury twice. He's missed five games and had to leave early in three others. One day, the knee will feel good, and he'll think he can play that week. The next day, the knee hurts and he knows he won't. ''I think it kills him every week,'' coach Bo Pelini said. ''That's just who he is.'' Burkhead was on the practice field Monday and participated on a limited basis. He said he's ''pretty close'' to being able to play in a game, and he's doing all he can to make it happen against the Gophers. ''My last home game here,'' he said. ''Being a senior, it would mean the world to get out on the field.'' The native of Plano, Texas, is the most popular player on the team judging by the overwhelming number of fans dressed in No. 22 jerseys on game days. Last season, he averaged 104 yards a game and his 284 carries were two shy of the school record. His 1,357 yards were the most by a Nebraska running back since 1997. - AP Sports
11/05/12 - Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says Rex Burkhead's status for this week's game against Penn State is unclear. The All-Big Ten running back has missed all or part of seven games because of an injury to his left knee. Pelini said Monday that Burkhead had been ''pushing really hard'' in his rehabilitation and had shown signs of improvement. The senior from Plano, Texas, didn't appear in the last two games after aggravating the injury in the first quarter against Northwestern on Oct. 20. Burkhead, originally hurt in the opener against Southern Mississippi, is among seven running backs in Nebraska history to run for 3,000 career yards. Ameer Abdullah has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his four starts in Burkhead's place. - AP Sports