It’s almost December, and that means awards season is almost here. That being the case, the finalists for college football’s most prestigious awards, other than the Heisman Trophy, were announced Monday. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball were named finalists for Davey O’Brien Award and Doak Walker Award, respectively.
Earlier on our “Big Ten Football Pregame Show,” presented by Auto-Owners Insurance, our crew profiled Jack Hoffman, a young 7-year old boy from Atkinson, Neb., who is fighting brain cancer. Hoffman just so happens to have built a very special friendship with Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead. The two work together on “Team Jack,” as the young fan battles his disease. Watch the whole feature in this post.
On this Saturday’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show” presented by Auto-Owners Insurance, our crew profiles the touching story of a young brain cancer patient who is also a big Nebraska football fan. Jack Hoffman and Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead have formed a special relationship, and the two have worked together on “Team Jack.” In this post you can see portion of the full profile that airs Saturday on our 11 a.m. ET TV show. Read more about this at Huskers.com and at Jack Hoffman’s page at CaringBridge.com. Randy York at Huskers.com posted this recent update, too. Also, be sure to tune in at 11 a.m. ET Saturday. We’ll post the full feature online shortly after that.
Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten game balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 4? Find out in this post.
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Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead returned for the first time Saturday since he hurt his left knee in the team’s season-opening win over Southern Miss. Wearing a bulky brace on the knee, Burkhead started and looked great in the early going. The senior ran for 79 yards on his first three carries, including a highlight-reel 61-yard scoring scamper. Watch the touchdown run now.
Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead sprained the MCL in his left knee during the Huskers’ season-opening victory over Southern Miss, and he hasn’t played since. The star running back says he will play Saturday in the team’s final nonconference game. But should the Huskers play Burkhead and risk further injury against Idaho State? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post.
With Week 1 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.
When the discussion of top Big Ten running backs comes up, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball almost always is mentioned first—and rightly so, coming off a spectacular 2011 that saw him be a Heisman finalist. Michigan’s Fitzgerald Toussaint and Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell usually are mentioned next. And then there is Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead, who seemingly always gets lost in the conversation. The senior may be the top back in the Big Ten this season.
Big Ten media days kick off Thursday in Chicago, so I thought I’d release my preseason Big Ten player rankings. I’m going to do these a little different this year. In previous years, I’d rank the top 10 players, which often became a tough task with all the talent on both sides of the ball. To account for both sides, I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.
Nebraska entered the season with dreams of playing in the Rose Bowl, but following a three-loss season, it gets a pretty nice consolation prize: The Capital One Bowl. The Huskers will face South Carolina, of the mighty SEC, at 1 p.m. ET Jan. 2. It figures to be a good game between two talented teams and two respected head coach, Bo Pelini and Steve Spurrier. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down the game, gives his keys and offers his prediction. See it all in this post and find the entire 2011-12 bowl schedule.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and now it’s time for his team-by-team season recaps. Every day, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school, in alphabetical order. Look back at all the previous ones. Up next: Nebraska. Watch our video from the Huskers’ impressive win over eventual Legends Division champ Michigan State now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post.
Monday night on “The Big Ten Pulse,” Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead stopped by to chat with Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle about the Huskers’ much-anticipated Big Ten debut at Wisconsin. Burkhead, who has run for 290 yards and four touchdowns the past two weeks, is the Big Ten’s leading rusher among running backs, trailing quarterbacks Denard Robinson and Taylor Martinez. In last week’s win at Wyoming, Burkhead took snaps out of the Wildcat formation. Can we expect more of it against the Badgers? “If he [Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck] wants to, that’s fine with me,” Burkhead told our crew.