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For the first time in the 40 storied years of Plano (Texas)
football, Rex Burkhead
made the varsity team as a freshman.
He not only played in his first varsity game, but he scored a touchdown.
It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
Burkhead went on to an illustrious and versatile career that included a combined 2,547 rushing yards and 36 rushing touchdowns his last two seasons. He was also a standout linebacker and punter, and superb receiver out of the backfield, helping him earn a full ride to Nebraska.
The 6-foot, 220-pound running back is expected to be drafted in the early rounds of the 2013 NFL draft.
“He was a natural athlete, very gifted,” Plano athletic director Gerald Brence told MaxPreps videographer Aron Yert. “He was only 5-8 as a freshman but he could dunk a basketball. He was tough physically and always paid the price.”
Beyond his vast football skills and athletic ability, Burkhead offers intangible qualities that will translate well to the NFL. The fact he ran 4.73 in the 40 at the NFL combine doesn’t bode well, but a 39-inch vertical shows he has athletic ability.
“From the first day at Plano he was a leader,” Brence said. “Not so much a verbal leader but by his actions and standards. He’s going to be a great leader in the NFL. … You can’t make it to this point without being a grounded person with a strong moral background. He’s always been mature far beyond his years. … We don’t know what’s going to happen or where he’ll end up, but it’s sure going to be fun to watch.”