More preseason honors for senior I-back Rex Burkhead. He was named a second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated. Burkhead was one of four running backs tabbed as a preseason All-American. He was 19th nationally in rushing yards last season and his just 90 yards away from moving into Nebraska all-time top 10 list for rushing yards.
There were just four total running back who were selected All-Americans including Montee Ball from Wisconsin, giving the Big Ten, two running backs. However, Ball was injured in a fight in downtown Madison and missed the start of their fall camp.