A nervous feeling ushered over Memorial Stadium in the opening week of the season as the fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers learned that Rex Burkhead had suffered a knee injury.
Their worry soon turned to concern, as news spread that it was an MCL sprain. However, they were relieved when it was announced that it was just a grade 1 sprain, the least amount of damage one could do to earn that grade.
This week, Husker fans will give Rex Burkhead a standing ovation, as he will be dressed and perhaps even starting when the Idaho State Bengals come to Lincoln.
Burkhead probably will not need to play too much as the Cornhuskers are expected to win handily, but just the thought of having him back will be great.
Ameer Abdullah has filled in admirably for Superman, leading the Huskers rushing attack. His confidence, not that it needed a big boost, has grown over the past two games.
I had questions about how Abdullah could run between the tackles. After the past two games, there still are a few things I would like to see, but Abdullah has done well.
However, with Burkhead in the backfield, the Huskers are going to give opposing defenses nightmares.
Burkhead is the best runner the Huskers have. He refuses to go down on first contact, and though he is not the biggest, he is not afraid to take on runner.
When Nebraska moves into B1G 10 play, Burkhead will be the workhorse for the offense. His leadership will be key when the times get tough. And when they do, hand the ball off to the little man with a big heart and let him run, because he will inspire his teammates to play their best.