"A reporter called me four or five years ago and he ran down all of Rex's stats to me over the phone," Coach Tim Inman said, "and he finally asks me what I would say to someone who said he would struggle in college.
"I told him to tell everyone to say to everyone up there just like I did here when they said Rex was going to be a middle school stud and a high school dud. I told them all that they didn't understand. He called me back the next year and asked if I cared to gloat."
Rex Burkhead's father, Rick Burkhead, knows what he sees when he watches his son. Rick is an FBI agent in Dallas, but before that played collegiate and professional football. Rick says that underestimations of Rex by people continue today.
"Rex has actually been a little over 215-pounds the past year," Rick Burkhead said. "He was 221-pounds after a practice during bowl week in December. It's not an issue with the weight because obviously it looked like he was moving well in the bowl game.
"Rex has heard it his whole life about being a running back and being white. He's been encouraged to change positions. Rex is a guy that is going to work just as hard as everyone else on that board if not outwork them."
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