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Rex Knocks

HBO begins airing its newest season of “Hard Knocks” Tuesday night. The show will follow the Cincinnati Bengals through their training camp. Of particular interest to Nebraska fans will be former Husker running back Rex Burkhead, currently the Bengals’ No. 3 running back behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis and fellow 2012 draftee Gio Bernard.

Here’s a video interview Burkhead conducted late last week, along with a quick transcript:

On whether it is difficult to go from starting at Nebraska to fighting for reps in the NFL: “It is. But that’s what it is. It’s the next level. It’s the NFL. You gotta work your way up. You gotta make plays and come to work every day and prove that you can play. You gotta make sure you’re …

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Rex Burkhead signs with Bengals

Former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Monday; terms weren’t immediately disclosed. A sixth-round pick in the most recent NFL Draft, Burkhead will spend the summer pitched in a battle to make the roster as a third/fourth running back and special teams player.

“Just the quickness in line, the ability to stick his foot in the ground and go from Point A to Point B,” Marvin Lewis told reporters after practice Friday. ”Just the things you saw from him on tape. His abilities as a receiver. I think he’ll be a guy also who will really uplift us on special teams and compete to be one of our core guys.”

Burkhead will have to block, catch the ball off playaction and …

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Brown working on little things with Abdullah

Running backs coach Ron Brown almost didn’t want to admit Monday that Ameer Abdullah’s workload will likely be limited this spring. Because there are so many ways the junior I-back can get better.

Brown provided a few examples: 1) How Abdullah utilizes his plant foot in the open field; 2) Pass protection techniques; 3) Carrying out fakes with full commitment; 4) Becoming more dangerous as a check-down receiver.

Abdullah still needs reps, even though he’s proven so much already, according to Brown.

“I know what I have but I also want him to get better,” Brown said. “There’s areas in his game that he wants to improve on.”

(Ball security’s another one. Abdullah fumbled eight times and lost six last year, but he did become …

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Mad Chatter, Feb. 25

When Nebraska entered the Big Ten Conference 18 months ago, the timing was perfect for so many reasons.

Fans’ patience with the Big 12 (mostly Texas) had expired. The development of the Big Ten Network had opened all sorts of exciting possibilities. And with Tom Osborne as AD, the Huskers had the perfect leader and ambassador for a bold move.

But for at least one reason, the timing was really bad, too. Nebraska’s high-profile programs were struggling.

As a result, the Huskers haven’t exactly taken the league by storm. It’s been a forgettable 18 months for football, men’s basketball, baseball, even volleyball, which suffered upsets in the last two NCAA tournaments.

Ask Big Ten fans about Nebraska and you’re likely to hear glowing reviews. That’s …

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Rex Burkhead works out at the NFL Combine

Sunday was former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead’s moment to perform for NFL scouts at the Combine in Indianapolis. His measurements: 5-foot-10, 214 pounds. Here’s a quick recap of his current marks:

40-yard dash: 4.73 seconds.

Vertical jump: 39 inches

Broad jump: Ten feet, five inches

Bench press: 21 reps at 225 pounds

3 cone drill: 6.85 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.09 seconds

60-yard shuttle: 11.51 seconds

Burkhead had the second-best vertical and broad jumps among all running backs. The only disappointing mark in that quartet is the 40-yard dash time, which I suspect Burkhead will try to improve upon at Nebraska’s Pro Day.

Watching Burkhead for four years, you’d never pick out Burkhead as the fastest runner. But in the NFL, guys who can take …

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Three ex-Huskers invited to NFL combine

Running back Rex Burkhead, kicker Brett Maher and safety Daimion Stafford were the only former Nebraska players on the 333-man list of NFL combine invitees.

The scouting combine runs from Feb. 20 to 26 in Indianapolis (NFL Network will broadcast the event).

Burkhead was one of 38 running backs invited to the workout. There were 60 defensive backs invited, including Stafford. And 13 total kickers got the call.

The number of players invited at other positions (the full list is here)…

Quarterback: 16
Wide receiver: 39
Tight end: 19
Offensive line: 58
Defensive line: 54
Linebacker: 35
Long snapper: 1

Certainly there are other former NU players who have a shot at getting drafted or picked up during free agency. Eric Martin, Baker …

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And Rex makes 300 Academic All Americans

Rex Burkhead and Sean Fisher won spots on the Capital One Academic All-American teams Thursday. They become the 300th and 301st Huskers to nab such honors, a record among universities. Notre Dame is second with 227.

Burkhead is a first-teamer. Fisher was on the second team for the second straight year.…

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First quarter: Wisconsin 21, Nebraska 10

Caught your breath yet? It’s been a wild first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium, where both offenses seem to be two (or maybe 10) steps ahead of their defensive counterparts.

Wisconsin has 154 offensive yards (and a pick-six). Nebraska’s offense has totaled 186.

But the Huskers have been the most mistake-prone so far, which is why they trail 21-10.

Both Nebraska safeties missed open-field tackles on Melvin Gordon’s 56-yard touchdown run. There have been other missed tackles and poor execution as well.

There was that interception — when Kenny Bell dove to catch a short pass, but the football grazed off his hands and Marcus Cromartie returned the interception 29 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0.

On the next drive, senior Ben Cotton …

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Nebraska-Wisconsin: Five things to watch

Since we’re still several hours away from Nebraska’s showdown against Wisconsin, I assume you have some time to kill.

And because you can never have too many breakdowns of a rematch, here’s my compilation of five (mostly random) things to watch in Saturday night’s Big Ten title game…

1. Will Taylor Martinez find room on the ground? Wisconsin managed to keep him somewhat contained in the first meeting — with the exception of two quarterback draw plays, which totaled 56 yards. The Badgers likely won’t blitz much at all (maybe they’ll disguise some pressures by crowding the line on third down). Their safeties will storm down at times, and they do that well. Plus, linebacker Chris Borland will make some plays. But Martinez has been …

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Mad Chatter, Nov. 26

Nebraska played the toughest schedule in the Big Ten and went 7-1. Wisconsin played a mediocre schedule (no Michigan or Northwestern) and went 4-4.

Using that information, it’s hard to believe the Big Ten championship game is a coin flip.

But look at their point differentials in conference games:

Wisconsin: plus-98.
Nebraska: plus-36

The Huskers’ one loss came by 25 points. The Badgers’ four losses came by a combined 16 points.

The Huskers blew out one team on the conference schedule (Minnesota), got blown out once (Ohio State) and won six close games. The Badgers blew out four teams, but lost every close game.

Starting with that Sept. 29 throwback showdown at Memorial Stadium, Nebraska was 4-0 in games decided by seven points or less. …

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