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It wasn't hard to guess who was going to be first on this list, was it? Rex Burkhead's injury against Southern Mississippi in the first game of the 2012 season seemed particularly cruel in watching the Capital One Bowl, where Nebraska fans caught a glimpse of what a healthy Burkhead would look like.
Sure, Nebraska has depth at running back. But Ameer Abdullah has an uncomfortable history with fumbles. Braylon Heard and Imani Cross are full of potential but have little experience. Incoming freshmen Terrell Newby and Adam Taylor have thrilled all the recruit-niks, but they haven't signed yet and haven't set foot on campus.
So Nebraska without Burkhead should be good at running back. But Nebraska with Burkhead, and his amazing ability, experience and leadership, would have been amazing.
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