Running back Rex Burkhead’s status continues to be in up the air. The Nebraska Cornhuskers were hoping to have him back this weekend when they take on the Penn State Nittany Lions, but head coach Bo Pelini is still unclear if he can play. An injury to his left knee has forced Burkhead to miss time in seven different games this year.
The senior back originally suffered the injury in the opening week of the season and didn’t play in the Cornhuskers past two games due to re-aggravating the knee against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 20th. Pelini stated that Burkhead has been working really hard to rehabilitate the injury and has shown signs of improvement.
Despite missing significant time, Burkhead has still managed to rush for 405 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. He is also one of only seven Nebraska running backs to ever eclipse 3,000 career yards.
Backup Ameer Abdullah has filled in admirably in Burkhead’s abscence. The sophomore has posted 100-yard rushing performances in each of his last four starts and now has 826 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
The test will be a little tougher this week for the Cornhuskers, however, when they take on the Nittany Lions. At 6-3, Penn State has been one of the biggest surprises in college football this year. With all sanctions that were placed on the team, coach Bill O’Brien has the team playing solid in all three facets of the game and not many would have pegged them to be three games over .500 at this point in the season.
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