Published Wednesday, October 24, 2012 AT 10:36 AM / Updated at 10:37 AM
Burkhead named NFF Scholar-Athlete
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska I-back Rex Burkhead picks up a nice honor Wednesday as one of 15 players selected for National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Awards.

Burkhead, a senior from Plano, Texas, is the 21st Husker to be honored as an NFF Scholar-Athlete and the first since Chris Kelsay in 2002. Also selected from the Big Ten was offensive tackle Patrick Ward of Northwestern.

Each member of the 2012 class will travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 4 during the 55th National Football Foundation annual awards dinner. They also receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and one member of the class will be announced as the 23rd recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy.

Burkhead was a first-team Academic All-American last year in addition to being an All-Big Ten selection.

Also on the NFF Scholar-Athlete list are Heisman Trophy candidate Matt Barkley of Southern Call and 2011 Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones of Alabama.


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