October 31, 2007

NU Notes: Burkes puts his name in rare company

Before this past Saturday, only two true freshmen have ever started on the offensive line at Nebraska since 1972.

By starting against Texas last weekend, freshman offensive lineman Jaivorio Burkes joins current Huskers Matt Slauson and Jacob Hickman as the only true freshmen to start on the line in modern day school history. Other true freshmen like Will Shields and Greg Austin have played before, but only three have ever started.

However, what makes Burkes different than Hickman and Slauson is Hickman was a gray shirt player that came in a year early before start his eligibility and Slauson played a year of Prep School football before coming to Nebraska.

NU head coach Bill Callahan said this week that he was pretty pleased with what Burkes gave him in his first start at Nebraska.

"He had some really good plays and a couple of plays that he'd really like to take back, but the experience is invaluable for him," Callahan said. "He's upbeat and positive in his performance. I think the sack he gave up was the only real detrimental play of his experience in that game."

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