Sixth-round 2013 draft choice is a throwback-style player with potential to contribute in multiple ways with talent, toughness and desire ... Was limited as a senior at Nebraska by a knee sprain but rushed for 3329 yards in his career, good for fifth-most in school history, scoring 35 total TDs.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Inactive for Games 1-9 and 11-12 ... Made NFL debut in Game 10, Nov. 10 at Baltimore on special teams (no statistics) ... Slowed early in season by hamstring strain suffered in practice, but now is cleared for full activity ... Played in all four preseason games, rushing 28-for-130 with one TD, and catching five passes for 39 yards.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in sixth round of 2013 NFL Draft (190th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-13-13.
COACH HUE JACKSON SAYS: “Rex has characteristics we were looking for at that point in the draft. Strong build, played in a tough conference, productive in a lot of areas. He’s not a guy with a dazzling time in the 40, but he has a suddenness and a quickness you can see when you watch him play. And you can’t measure a guy’s heart. He plays the game the way you’re supposed to play it.”
MORE COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Nebraska, with 44 games played and 22 starts ... Posted 14 games of 100 or more rushing yards ... Career rushing average of 5.2 yards ... Helped lead Cornhuskers to 39-16 record over his four seasons. 2012—Rushed 98-for-675 (6.9) with five TDs, and had 11 receptions for 92 yards and one score ... Played in career-low eight games ... Suffered ankle sprain in season opener vs. Southern Mississippi, missing the next three games, and the injury was twice reaggravated later in season. 2011—Played and started 13 games as a junior ... Posted career bests in rushes (284), rushing yards (1357) and TDs (17) ... Had 15 rushing TDs and two receiving. 2010—Played in all 14 games, with two starts, and averaged 5.5 yards per rush (172-951), with seven TDs (all rushing) ... Rushed 16-for-90 with a TD in Big 12 championship game loss to Oklahoma. 2009—One of just six true freshmen to see action during the season, he finished second on the team in rushing yards (346), despite missing five games with a knee injury.RUN TO THE WHITE HOUSE:Burkhead brings one of the outstanding community service résumés of any rookie in Bengals history. His commitment has been personified by his friendship with seven-year-old Jack Hoffman, a cancer patient from Atkinson, Neb., who contacted Nebraska in 2011, asking for a Burkhead photo. Burkhead offered to meet Jack, and his involvement in their relationship led to national notice when he arranged for Jack to suit up in a Cornhusker uniform and “run for a touchdown” in the 2013 NU spring football game before a crowd of more than 60,000. President Obama responded by inviting Jack and his family to the White House on April 28, and the family included Burkhead in its party.
MORE ON COMMUNITY SERVICE: Burkhead’s community outreach work has included team hospital visits, activity with Madonna Wheelchair Football Workshop, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and benefits for Irving (Texas) Recreation Center ... Three-time member of Nebraska’s Brook Berringer Citizenship Team, and was selected as one of Nebraska’s Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award winners in 2012 ... Chosen as one of Uplifting Athletes Champions of 2011-12, for helping place focus on helping children with rare diseases ... One of 11 FBS players named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, and in December 2012 he was named captain of that team.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Plano (Texas) High School, where as a senior he was a first-team Class 5A All-State selection by Associated Press ... Also as a senior, named All-Area Offensive Player of the Year by Dallas Morning News ... Rushed for 1762 yards and 28 TDs as a senior and added 42 receptions for 594 yards and five TDs ... Rushed for 1768 yards and 29 TDs as a junior ... Earned first-team all-district honors in basketball as a junior and senior, and as a sophomore he was part of Class 5A state championship basketball team.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Plano, Texas ... Graduated from Nebraska in three and a half years, with degree in history ... Has earned repeated scholar-athlete awards throughout his career, including first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2011 and 2012, and recognition as one of 15 National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes in 2012.
As a true member of Bengaldom, Jack's huge win at Children's Hospital in Boston last week foreshadowed Cincinnati's massive win at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday over Boston's Patriots.
Ten days until the Bengals make final cuts and for the fourth straight year running back Cedric Peerman is on the bubble and ...
Jack Hoffman got high marks for his final assignment on the last day of first grade. Mrs. Kopecky asked her class at Atkinson West Holt Elementary what they wanted to do and to draw an accompanying picture. Like he did a few weeks before in the Nebraska spring game, Jack came up with a big finish. "Some day I want to go to a Bengals game because my best friend Rex got drafted for the Bengals."
The Bengals rookie running back talks about his whirlwind schedule the last month: getting drafted, meeting with the president, and participating in his first Bengals practice.
Running backs coach Hue Jackson and wide receivers coach James Urban discuss the sixth-round selections of Rex Burkhead and Cobi Hamilton.