Redshirt freshman wide receiver Xavier Rucker will look to overcome the odds and earn playing time for the Huskers this season. The diminutive Rucker checks in at just 5-6 and 160 pounds, but is one of Nebraska’s hardest workers and is regularly the last player off the field after practice. Rucker will provide depth behind a veteran Nebraska receiving corps, following a redshirt season in 2006. Rucker is a walk-on athlete who joined the Huskers from Breck High School in Minneapolis.
Rucker sat out the season as a redshirt and worked with the scout team.
Before Nebraska (Breck HS)
Rucker joined the Nebraska program in August after a standout prep career at Breck High School in Minneapolis. Rucker caught 61 passes for 1,029 yards as a junior, helping his team to an 8-3 season. He also grabbed nine touchdown ctches, while rushing for 218 yards and a score. He struggled with injuries as a senior, limiting him to 35 catches for 529 yards. Rucker also saw time at defensive back and returned kickoffs, including two for touchdowns in 2005. Rucker helped Coach Mike Thiel’s squad to the 2003 Minnesota Class AA state title.
Xavier is the son of Evette Dorsey and Charles Rucker and was born on Feb. 17, 1988. He has not declared a major. Rucker was a volunteer on local hospital visits.