Rex Burkhead!

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  1. Carolina Speed

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    I stand corrected, he said Louisville's starting five's IQ would be no more than 40. The starting five was all black and he was accused of racist comments was let go and then reinstated a year later, I think.
     
  2. wile

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    When they say something like that they are giving us an arm to twist.
     
  3. white is right

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    I actually have seen some scouting sites compare him to his former backfield mate Roy Helu, in terms of ability and draft range. I think he has a better upside because he is a junior and could have a monster year next year if he returns.
     
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    thats a horrible comparison. Rex has way more ability. More wiggle, balance, power and vision, so many times Helu would plow forward into his blockers when the had a hole opened up just a few inches away. Either he didn't have the agility or the vision, I am guessing both from what I have seen of him. His biggest runs came with Martinez in on the zone read and defenses keying in on Martinez. He is a backup in the NFL at best. Rex has the potential to be a star. There is a reason why they split carries during Helu's senior season when Burkhead was just a sophomore and they trusted Rex to run the wildcat as a freshman in their bowl game.

    Many Nebraska fans compare Rex to Mike Rozier who made two pro bowls but had some injury problems in his career, and Lawrence Phillips who was on pace for 1k his rookie season but had a ton of off the field issues and wound up bouncing around the league. Some mention Roger Craig as well. I think he could have a Roger Craig like career if the NFL gives him a shot.
     
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    Seems like I vaguely remember the incident. I do recall Brookshier saying one time during a broadcast, “Archie Manning has a broad fanny, coaches like that.” Yikes!
     
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    What a class act on and off the field. Message to Brandon Wegher. Are you watching and listening? Learn how it is done.

    I really am hoping Rex returns for his senior year. If Taylor Martinez can just throw the ball a little better, they might just make a serious run at the national championship. Rex is by far the mvp of that team.
     
  8. white is right

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    Well Podolak is White, beyond that they have nothing in common. Podolak was a power back with one gear who carried guys. He played for the Chiefs in the early to mid 70's.
     
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    Ed Podolak started out as a QB at Iowa who was shifted to running back and was drafted by the Chiefs in 1969 at that position. Podolak became a starter in 1970 and played several years. His best game probably was the famous playoff game with Miami in 1971 which the Chiefs lost in overtime.

    Ed Podolak wasn't especially fast or powerful but was effective, something of a poor man's Paul Hornung.
     
  10. white is right

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    It's funny but I recalled Podolak bigger than his listed weight. I think we had a thread where I or another poster compared him to Alstott and after looking him up he was only a shade over 200 pounds. Granted a 200 pound back in his era would be a 220+ plus pound back today. Back in the early 70's 180 pound tailbacks weren't extinct like they are now.
     
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    Rex Burkhead belongs in any discussion of Heisman contenders, Lee Barfknecht writes.

    [​IMG] MARK DAVIS/THE WORLD-HERALD

    Heisman Trophy naysayers will point out that Nebraska's Rex Burkhead averaged "only" 4.8 yards per carry in his All-Big Ten season in 2011. Considering he is a key part of the offense, 4.8 is a strong number.





    Published Sunday April 15, 2012

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    LINCOLN — The vibe emanating from national college football writers and pundits this spring is that Nebraska's Rex Burkhead, a first-team All-Big Ten I-back, essentially has no business in a conversation about the Heisman Trophy.
    Sports Illustrated ran a story last week on Arkansas running back Knile Davis as a Heisman threat, then listed 12 more "Heisman Trophy Hunters."



    Of the 13, none was named Burkhead.
    Noted Las Vegas oddsmaker Danny Sheridan revealed his Heisman prospect list earlier this spring.
    USC quarterback Matt Barkley was the leader at 5-1 odds. Then came Wisconsin running back Montee Ball (6-1), Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones (7-1), Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (7-1) and West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith (10-1).
    Where was Burkhead?
    Keep your finger on the scroll key long enough and you'll find him at 25-1 — the same odds as Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist, a one-year transfer from Notre Dame.
    Seeing Crist's name in the same sentence of a Heisman discussion with Burkhead made my eyes bleed.
    Last season, Burkhead rushed for 1,357 yards and scored a combined 17 touchdowns (15 rushing, 2 receiving). Crist lost his job after one game, and finished his time at Notre Dame with a 4-6 record as a starter.
    Burkhead won't complain, though.
    Too good a dude, too cool a guy, too busy just wanting to move the pile to help his team. Hey, the guy showed up for interviews after Saturday's canceled spring game with his ankles still taped and his cleats laced. Gotta love that.
    His Heisman problem is that in today's Look-At-Me Generation, guys like him don't get many looks.
    But it's time for outsiders to stop pigeon-holing Burkhead as simply Old Reliable. He's the most valuable offensive weapon at Nebraska since quarterback Eric Crouch did it all in 2001 while winning the Heisman.
    "Rex is such an impact player," NU center Cole Pensick said. "How could he not be in the running?"
    Naysayers will say Burkhead averaged "only" 4.8 yards a carry last season, not near as shiny as the 6.3 by Wisconsin's Ball or the 10.8 by Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas.
    Considering that everyone in the Big Ten knew Burkhead was going to get the ball on an important down, 4.8 is a strong number.
    Others will argue that Burkhead won't have the sexy plays — those signature "Heisman moments" — of other candidates. His long runs at Nebraska have been 34 yards as a freshman, 33 yards as a sophomore and 52 yards as a junior.
    As for 100-yard games, he has 10 in his career with a best of 170 yards last season at Wyoming.
    But don't rule out Burkhead's highlight potential. He'll be at his peak of speed, strength and experience this season, and he'll be Nebraska's version of a Swiss Army knife in the offense.
    "He definitely can have those 'moments,'" Husker offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles said. "Our offense isn't as explosive as it was a couple of years ago, but it's better and more consistent than it was then.
    "And Rex will be a big part of it. He could be a 1,000-yard runner and a 1,000-yard receiver. And he can throw for a touchdown, too."
    Spring football is the time to focus on good news and hope.
    Burkhead won't have an easy path to Heisman consideration, and the Huskers are going to have to break their four-loss-per-season rut for him to contend. But 1,500 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns will put him in the hunt as he moves from No. 12 to No. 2 on Nebraska's all-time rushing list.
    "I'll do anything I can to help that man win a Heisman," Sirles said. "He is one of the most tireless workers and hardest-hitting players I've ever met. Rex is just an absolute stud."
    And, for the ill-informed, he's a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate.
    Contact the writer:
    402-444-1024, lee.barfknecht@owh.com

     
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    [h=3]Can Rex Burkhead enter Heisman mix?[/h]April, 17, 2012Apr 17
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    By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

    [​IMG]AP Photo/John RaouxRex Burkhead may not be flashy but he's one of the Big Ten's most consistent and valuable players.
    Even if the weather had cooperated Saturday, Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead wouldn't have received much work in the spring game.

    Burkhead has nothing to prove to his coaches, to his teammates or to the tens of thousands of Huskers fans who would have been in attendance. If there's one player who doesn't cause angst in that football-crazed state, it's Burkhead, who earned first-team All-Big Ten honors (coaches and media) last fall after rushing for 1,357 yards and 15 touchdowns. While Bennett and I could do a poll on Nebraska's most popular player, I think we'd be wasting our time and yours. The guy they call "Superman" would win in a landslide.

    But Burkhead's name doesn't resonate nationally like it does in Nebraska or within the Big Ten footprint. It's puzzling for those who watch him play, like the Omaha World-Herald's Lee Barfknecht, who recently wrote about Burkhead's uphill climb for Heisman Trophy consideration. It's a topic I've been asked about several times on Nebraska radio stations in recent months, and one that will continue to be explored as the 2012 season approaches.

    Barfknecht makes a convincing case for Burkhead, calling him "the most valuable offensive weapon at Nebraska since quarterback Eric Crouch did it all in 2001 while winning the Heisman." Anyone who watches Burkhead can appreciate his approach to the game, his consistent performances and his value to Nebraska's offense. He's also a star off of the field.

    He has shown versatility, durability and reliability throughout his career.

    But that's part of the problem, at least when it comes to national perception.

    From Barfknecht's story:
    His Heisman problem is that in today's Look-At-Me Generation, guys like him don't get many looks. ... Others will argue that Burkhead won't have the sexy plays -- those signature "Heisman moments" -- of other candidates. His long runs at Nebraska have been 34 yards as a freshman, 33 yards as a sophomore and 52 yards as a junior. As for 100-yard games, he has 10 in his career with a best of 170 yards last season at Wyoming.​
    This is an unfortunate truth about the Heisman race. It's a national award in every sense, and national name recognition is invaluable. Being an elite player is only part of the way to gain serious consideration.


    It helps to be on a nationally elite team, as Crouch was in 2001. It helps to have a signature moment replayed over and over on "ESPN College GameDay" or "SportsCenter." It helps to be known as exciting or explosive. It helps to have a huge performance in a game that resonates around the country. It helps to have a unique back story, or a catchy nickname.

    Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson reflects many of these qualities. He hasn't been as consistent as Burkhead, or Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011. But Robinson's name resonates nationally. President Obama knows who he is. Every Heisman voter knows who he is and what he can do. They've probably seen his past two performances against Notre Dame. They've definitely seen his electrifying runs. They know about the shoelaces. The 15 interceptions he threw last year? Meh.

    It's why Robinson still could be the Big Ten's top Heisman candidate entering the 2012 season. If not, he's 1A next to Ball. Robinson undoubtedly will be at or near the top of the Heisman watch lists if he delivers a big performance in Michigan's opener against Alabama.

    Ball should have less trouble getting noticed this season than he did in 2011. Despite impressive performances from the get-go, he was overshadowed by teammate Russell Wilson. Only when Ball began closing in on Barry Sanders' NCAA single-season touchdowns record did he start gaining traction for the Heisman. While he finished a distant fourth in the Heisman voting, he became a name voters know entering this year's race.

    Is there hope for Burkhead? Sure. He needs to announce himself early in the season. Nebraska's nonconference schedule lacks national appeal, but Burkhead can make a statement with a big performance in the Big Ten opener against Wisconsin. He'll need to outshine Ball that night in Lincoln. It wouldn't hurt to follow it up the next week with a big game at Ohio State.
    He also would benefit if Nebraska gives the nation reason to pay attention. This isn't the Nebraska program Crouch starred for, and while the Huksers are talking big, they're not regarded as a national player. That might have to change for Burkhead to get the recognition he deserves.

    "He's one of the top running backs in the country," quarterback Taylor Martinez said.

    No one will dispute that in Big Ten country.

    But to take flight nationally in the 2012 Heisman race, Superman needs a boost.
     
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    [video=youtube;wAGvJNyBiV8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAGvJNyBiV8[/video]

    some of Rex Burkhead's runs and receptions from his career so far, left out many of impressive 5 to 10 yard runs, many where he had to bulldoze his way or make people miss with poor blocking but hopefully a shorter clip will keep people's interest. Hope you guys enjoy.

    Looking forward to the team improving so defenes don't key on Burkhead every single play. Martinez has to step it up, he plays like he doesn't care at times.
     
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    After watching the highlight reel, I can't help but notice Burkhead has a similar running style as former Viking running back Robert Smith. Long strides, similar moves, size and build.
     
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    truly awesom vid, thanks for doing it! I think Rex Burkhead is the top White running ball in footballdom, meaning he will get more carries for a high profile team then any other guy college or pro. Hillis and/or Gerhart may end up higher profile but I think right now it's Burkhead. He is also the next great White RB that will be coming out of college. If Hillis AND Gerhart can have good years (we can hope can't we?) then that might help Burkhead in the draft next year.

    That article about Burkheads lack of support nationally for the Heisman is soooo perplexing, what could possibly be the cause of such a thing???? Why isn't Rex Burkhead known to Obama like Denard Robinson??? What is the reason??? Those difficult questions are such an enigma. I'm sure there is a good explanation....hmmm what could it be????
     
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    Great video again DWID. Rex has the ability to be flashy but I think it comes down to cluteral/socio-economic reasons if I could steal a line from " White Men Cant Jump ". A white player would rather win looking ugly while the black player would rather lose but look good doing it. I think a white running back's mind set is to get as much yardage as possible and therefore does not juke as much. The kid is fast and sturdy. He will be a third round pick to the right team.
     
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    AWESOME video, dwid! damn, it's good to see him, as i never had much chance so far, almost stopped following college football. if he doesn't do well in NFL, i don't know who will. he looks a complete package!
     
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    I am a huge Burkhead fan. He is a fun player to watch and really runs hard. I hope he has great success this year and ends up in the Doak Walker/Heisman conversation. Make no mistake though that the powers that be in the media - BSPN, Foxsports and ABC commentators will do their best to minimize his achievements on the field by attacking him with the typical caste-speak terminology we all have become all to aware of.

    With that said I am hoping for a huge season for Rex and that he remains healthy.
     
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    Count me as a huge Rex Burkhead Fan too. Brandon Wegher had similar ability but he blew it. I'm so happy Burkhead is shining for the Huskers. Nebraska had a kid named Josh Davis years ago who had talent but never produced at the level of Burkhead. This kid has a legit chance at the Heisman if they can just prove that they can win with a balanced run/pass offense.

    Thank you Dwid. Your videos are truley amazing. You are so talented and you help to make such a difference to get this white football players noticed.
     
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    Surprising is right. Way to go S.I. I sure don't say that everyday. This kid is a complete football player and he has very good speed to go with his power and moves. I'm a big Huskers Fan and always have been. Gerhart got screwed over. There is no way that Toby didn't win the Heisman. It still hurts to this day. Time for some payback in the name of "TRex" Burkhead!
     
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    Dadgum! :jaw:

    I (also) first dunked in 7th grade, but I was 6'4. I couldn't quite do it in 6th grade...even at 6'2. :blush: Rex is a phenomenal athlete, and I hope he tears it up this year and further exposes the fallacy of the (cultmarx hatched) caste system!
     
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    This article mentions race and stereotyping. Bo Pelini is a strong Burkhead booster, which is good to see.


    Bo leads Burkhead bandwagon


    CHICAGO – Earth-shattering news typically is difficult to find at Big Ten Football Media Days — at least that's my read.

    Perhaps it's because literally hundreds of reporters are running around, meaning coaches and players are on guard.

    Friday, we stumbled upon breaking news.

    Rex Burkhead let down his guard. He actually bragged about himself.

    Stop the presses.

    "I can throw down a little bit," the Nebraska senior running back said of his ability to dunk a basketball.

    An All-Big Ten pick last season on the gridiron, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Burkhead apparently can dunk a basketball easily. Very, very easily, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini confirmed.

    Granted, that's not exactly Katie-leaving-Tom-level news. After all, Rex is a top-shelf athlete. He was proficient enough on the hardwood to draw recruiting interest from Texas Tech and SMU. Even so, Pelini regards Burkhead's dunking ability as an important fact for an interesting reason.

    "A lot of people call Rex a 'throwback player,'" Pelini said. "They almost act like he's this overachiever. I think he gets a lot out of what he does. But I don't think people realize how good of an athlete this guy is.

    "He's a tremendous athlete. … It's ridiculous, really. He has almost a 40-inch vertical leap. I don't think people realize how explosive this guy is."

    Pelini can be very opinionated. He was in that type of mood Friday. He knows and we know why Burkhead gets tagged a "throwback player" and "overachiever," but we typically bite our tongue.

    Pelini let loose with the truth.

    "Let's face it, people also say he's a white guy," the coach said. "People stereotype — that's what society does."

    In Pelini’s opinion, Burkhead gets overlooked nationally. He said it doesn’t bother him. It does surprise him, though.

    After all, Burkhead, in addition to his leaping ability, runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash.
    "Maybe faster," Pelini said.

    Burkhead rushed for 1,357 yards last season, churning out seven 100-yard games.

    If Burkhead indeed is overlooked nationally, it may be because he seldom hits the home run. His longest run from scrimmage in college is a 52-yard burst last season against Tennessee-Chattanooga. He reeled off a 45-yard touchdown run against Wyoming. But in the final nine games, his longest run was 22 yards.

    I don't have a good feel for how Burkhead is regarded around the country. At the moment, my frame of reference is one of those glossy preseason magazines that on this trip served as a paper plate. The magazine lists the top 10 Heisman Trophy contenders, led by USC golden-boy quarterback Matt Barkley. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball is No. 2, followed by Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.

    Burkhead isn’t among the top 10, though he is part of the "15 more to watch."

    He happens to play for a program that traditionally has been conservative in promoting star players, though Nebraska may need to become more aggressive in a world inundated by social media, said Keith Mann, NU assistant athletic director for media relations.
    Mann should consider enlisting Pelini as Burkhead's publicist.

    However, "as productive as Rex has been, there's a lot of room for growth," the coach said.

    As Burkhead develops his knowledge of how teams are defending him, his big-play ability may improve.

    "The more knowledge he has, the quicker his decision-making is going to happen," Pelini said.

    Nevertheless, Pelini feels Burkhead will play in the NFL for "a long time." He could be an ideal third-down back.

    "But he has the ability to play every down," Pelini said.

    "Does that surprise you?"

    Somebody suggested Burkhead may lack size, though 5-11, 210 seems OK to me.

    "Bottom line is, at the NFL level, you need good football players," Pelini said. "And he’s a real good football player."

    This just in: Rex can "throw down" a little, too.

    http://journalstar.com/sports/colum...cle_703110fe-fa49-5469-9668-4d209748928a.html
     

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