Published Thursday, March 7, 2013 AT 4:20 PM / Updated at 5:43 PM
Rex lowers his 40 time at NU pro day
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Former Nebraska I-back Rex Burkhead said he “definitely did what I wanted to do” during the Huskers’ pro day, and most of that came down to lowering his time in the 40-yard dash.

Burkhead was disappointed in his clocking of 4.73 seconds at the NFL Combine last month. On Thursday, he lowered that mark into the 4.5s.

“I did really well with the 40,” he said. “I improved a lot from the combine. So overall it was a good day.”

Burkhead ran the 40 and took part in position drills before a host of NFL scouts. He also was the last former Husker leaving the Hawks Center, spending extra time catching some punts and kickoffs and running routes as a slot receiver.

“I was just trying to show my versatility and everything I could do,” he said.

Although his focus was on the 40, what was hard for Burkhead was watching his former teammates go through all the other drills.

“Actually, afterwards, I was kind of wanting to do everything, just seeing the other guys compete in there,” he said, smiling. “That’s just the competitor in you.”

Some other notable items from NU pro day:

>> Former Nebraska linebacker Will Compton Thursday wore the biggest smile of all the Huskers working out at Pro Day. He ran a 4.54 40-yard dash, jumped 32 inches in the vertical, more than nine feet in the broad jump, and finished with 24 repetitions in the 225-pound bench press. Of the 15 scouts on hand, Compton said, several had strong feedback.

“I helped myself out a lot,” Compton said. “I got a bunch of great feedback. I’m humbled and flattered. I can’t wait to go call my parents.”

>> Tight end Kyler Reed said his vertical jump was 41 inches, which would be a Husker position record if he was still playing. Reed also ran his 40s in the 4.42 range.

>> Safety Daimion Stafford said he ran faster than at the NFL Combine (4.5 range), thanks to being about 10 pounds lighter than a month ago at 211.

>> Tight end Ben Cotton didn’t know his specific 40 time, but said: “I think I was faster than a lot of people expected.”

>> Former NU center Mike Caputo, who was a senior in the 2011 season, paced those doing the bench press with 35 reps. Offensive guard Seung Hoon Choi had the next highest total at 32.

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