Lighter Load for Nebraska's Burkhead

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead says he is able to accept that he probably won't get as many carries this season.

Coaches say they plan to reduce Burkhead's workload to keep him fresher and give the ball more to backups Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard and freshman Imani Cross.

A year ago, Burkhead averaged 22 carries a game and had 26 or more attempts in four. He finished with 1,357 yards, and his career total stands at 2,654. He'll join the school's top-10 rushing list with 90 yards in Saturday's opener against Southern Mississippi.

He needs 1,227 to take over the No. 2 spot from Ahman Green, who left in 1997 and became the Green Bay Packers' all-time leader.

Courtesy: Associated Press