Ameer Abdullah, RB

School: Nebraska  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Homewood, AL
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 195 lbs.
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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. The Alabama native has also been a receiving and return threat throughout his Husker career. He comes into 2014 with 4,914 career all-purpose yards, the most among active FBS players and third on the Husker career chart. He needs less than 700 all-purpose yards this fall to move past Heisman winners Rozier and Johnny Rodgers to the top of Nebraska's career all-purpose yardage list.

Abdullah also leads all FBS players in career 100-yard rushing games with 17 games above the century mark entering 2014. The total ties Eric Crouch for third in Nebraska history, trailing only Rozier (26) and Green (20). In addition to his on-field excellence, Abdullah was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team last fall. Abdullah's 1,859 all-purpose yards this season are the sixth-most in school history.

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01/18/2014 - The pull of the NFL couldn't overtake Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah's desire to make his family proud and finish his college education on schedule. Abdullah said Thursday that the NFL draft advisory committee told him he probably would be selected "very high in the first half" of this year's draft if he were to turn pro. The deadline for underclassmen to declare was Wednesday. He declined to elaborate further on his draft projection during a news conference where he discussed why he's returning for his senior season. He had announced his decision in a written statement last week. "A lot of guys get to a point of complacency where they feel like they've reached their ceiling," Abdullah told reporters. "I feel like I haven't even scratched the surface. I can improve as an overall back and improve my stock."

Abdullah is coming off the most productive season by a Nebraska rusher since Ahman Green in 1997. Abdullah went over 1,000 yards for the second straight year. His 1,690 yards was the fourth-best total in program history. But Abdullah struggled with turnovers. His five lost fumbles were tied for third-most among FBS running backs, according to STATS. He said doing a better job holding onto the ball will be his priority next season. He also said he needs to polish up his pass protection and finishing his runs strong. Abdullah said he made his decision on Jan. 7 and that the high number of running backs in the draft pool had no bearing. "I wish those guys the best of luck," he said. "A lot of guys don't understand how big a jump that is, especially for a running back in the NFL. They chew you up and spit you out, and you really have to take into consideration what the next level holds for people. That's what I really did." - AP Sports

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