Develop Superman’s Sidekick
It’s a sad fact of life that all Nebraska Cornhusker fans are going to have to accept sometime during the offseason – This is All-Everything running back Rex Burkhead’s last year in scarlet and cream.
After 2012, the Husker ground game presses the reset button. With no Aaron Green, it appears that Ameer Abdullah is the heir apparent to Superman’s cape for the time being.
To show he’s ready, he must advance beyond the phenomenal return man he was last year and show consistency as an every-down back.
He will have ample opportunity to showcase his skills this season, and if there is only a slight drop off between him and Rex, the job will easily be his to grow into and own in 2013.
The flip side of the coin is the fullback/thumper role to compliment No. 22. Junior transfer Mike Marrow and freshman Imani Cross will get plenty of looks as a power running complement to Burkhead/Abdullah.
The Huskers must spend the summer months prepping Marrow even further while getting Cross up to speed and ready to crash into the lineup on certain packages.
With the Big Ten’s bruising style of play and the constant threat of a Burkhead injury, there must be multiple contributors ready to step in. And no, Taylor Martinez no longer counts as a reliable replacement.
More on why that is tomorrow.