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Hot Reads: Burkhead’s injury

BURKHEAD QUESTIONABLE >>> Rex Burkhead is questionable for this week with a mild sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Prepare for that to be the case for the next few weeks. According to Men’s Health — who prepared an entire injury series for some of the most exacting critics out there: fantasy football owners — an MCL sprain is typically a one to three week injury depending on the severity. Burkhead has a mild sprain.

There doesn’t seem to be much reason to play Burkhead in the rest of the non-conference slate. Nebraska has some depth at running back. Wisconsin? That’s another story.

NEW TACKLE FOR THE BRUINS >>> UCLA will have a new left tackle on Saturday. Xavier Su’a-Filo will start at left tackle after last week’s starter, Greg Capella, shifted down to left guard. Su’a-Filo has experience. He started all 13 games for UCLA as a true freshman in 2009 before leaving for a two-year Mormon mission. This is his first season back.

WHITE SOX >>> The Big Ten Network noticed that Nebraska was wearing white shoes instead of the traditional black last Saturday. According to the Nebraska equipment department Twitter feed, it’s a permanent switch for this season. While some may remember the Huskers wearing white shoes in the 1980s, they did wear white shoes in the final game under Bill Callahan. That was a one game switch and completed the “surrender whites” look. Callahan was fired the next day.

White or black, the shoes don’t matter as much to me as the socks. White just looks better than black so consider this an overall upgrade.

THANKS COACH >>> It behooves Southern Mississippi coach Ellis Johnson to tout the strength of Nebraska. The better Nebraska is, the better the season opening loss for the Eagles looks. With that said, Johnson again praised Nebraska on Monday in the Hattiesburg American:

I preface everything I say with the fact that Nebraska is an exceptionally good football team. After looking at the film, they have a chance to be an outstanding football team. Time will tell. It is the first game of the year and half the teams are 1-0 and half are 0-1. We are certainly one of the teams that are 0-1 and we are disappointed with that, but there were a lot of positives.

Johnson also had an interesting quote on the Huskers offense following the game:

They run a power offense with a tempo, which is unusual, and we didn’t have the ability to keep up with them a couple of times. They have some plays in that offense that, no matter what you run on defense, it will be a successful play for them. When they can do that, I can’t imagine how well they did on third down.

Power offense with tempo? If that is to become the identity of the Tim Beck offense, consider me intrigued.