I-back Ameer Abdullah heads into his senior season as a leading contender for All-America and other national honors. The 5-9, 195-pound Abdullah also has several Nebraska career records within his reach entering the 2014 season.
Abdullah put together the most prolific rushing season by a Nebraska player in more than a decade in 2013. A workhorse for the Nebraska offense, Abdullah has produced his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, while topping 100 yards rushing in 11 of 13 games.
Abdullah finished his junior season with 1,690 rushing yards, the highest yardage total for a Husker since Ahman Green in 1997, and the fourth-best total in school history. His 11 100-yard rushing games tied the Nebraska school record.
His standout play in 2013 netted Abdullah several individual awards. He was chosen as a first-team All-Big Ten performer by both the league’s coaches and media panel, a year after being a second-team all-conference pick. Abdullah was also one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award.
Abdullah enters his senior campaign with 2,977 career rushing yards, leaving him just 23 yards from becoming the eighth Husker to rush for 3,000 yards. His career rushing total is the third-most among active FBS players.
In 2014, Abdullah will attempt to become the first player in school history to post a trio of 1,000-yard rushing seasons. If Abdullah were to reach that milestone, he would also move to the No.2 spot on the NU career rushing list. He enters 2014 with an outside chance of threatening Mike Rozier’s career rushing mark of 4,780 yards.