LINCOLN — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Thursday that Rex Burkhead will travel to UCLA, but the playing status of the All-Big Ten I-back remains unclear.
Pelini again called it “day-to-day” for the senior as the Huskers went through their last full practice in preparation for Saturday's game with the Bruins at the Rose Bowl.
“We'll kind of see how it goes,” Pelini said. “He's going on the trip, but we'll see how it plays out.”
Burkhead has played in 32 consecutive games since missing five as a freshman because of a foot injury. He suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee last Saturday in the first quarter of the Huskers' 49-20 win over Southern Mississippi.
Although Burkhead has not practiced this week, Pelini said he is “ahead of schedule” on his rehab.
“He's doing great,” Pelini said.
Nebraska has not played without Burkhead since a 31-17 win at Kansas on Nov. 14, 2009. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder from Plano, Texas, currently ranks No. 11 on the NU all-time rushing chart with 2,722 yards.
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Nebraska likely would start sophomore Ameer Abdullah at UCLA if Burkhead is held out, with sophomore Braylon Heard and freshman Imani Cross also available at I-back. The trio of Abdullah, Heard and Cross combined for 177 rushing yards on 29 carries against Southern Miss.
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