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Husain Abdullah, FS

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 204 | College: Washington State
 
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Overview

Husain would love to join his brother, former WSU safety Hamza (now with the Denver Broncos), in the National Football League. Husain, a three-year starter at free safety, made his own name in Pullman, earning honorable mention All-Pac 10 honors as a senior with 93 tackles, 8.5 for loss, four interceptions and six passes broken up. Potential is there for a quality versatile backup and special teams performer.

Analysis

Positives: Shows good instincts. … Plays downhill with attitude, stepping up quickly to support the run and closing well on screens and other short routes. … Will break down and wrap up to make the tackle in space on backs. … Willing to throw his body around to fill a hole or stop a back from getting the extra yard. … Fair hands for the interception, and can make a play on the ball in the air. … Will go for the strip after securing the tackle. … Contributed on special teams in college, and will continue to do so in the NFL.

Negatives: A bit of a free-strong safety 'tweener. … Lacks the fluid hips and range to play deep or cover in space and he also does not have the strength to hold up in trash inside. … Needs to keep his head up when tackling. … Has a tough time bringing down larger backs and receivers in the open field unless he cuts. … Struggles in his backpedal, needs to keep the play in front of him.

2007 Season

Abdullah led WSU with a career-high 93 tackles (54 solo) in 2007. The native of Pomona, Calif., also posted 8.5 tackles for loss, intercepted a team-high four passes, had six pass break-ups, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. One of his interceptions he returned for a touchdown to clinch a victory over Stanford, earning Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors. The senior's 10 career thefts rank 11th all-time at WSU.

2006 Season

V-letter … Games 12 … Starts 12 … received the following single-game team awards: WSU's Pac-10 nomination on defense for play against California … Special Teams: Punt, Kickoff. His three interceptions tied for second on the team … 49 return yards also second; Tied for fifth in tackles, making 66 stops; Ranked tied for 28th in tackles among Pac-10 defenders at 5.5 per game; Caused a Stanford fumble near the Cougar goal line; Picked off first pass of the season against California and also recorded a career-best 10 tackles, including one TFL; Bettered his best game with 11 tackles at ASU and picked off his second pass of the year, returning it 35 yards; Capped the year with his third interception of the season, returning the pick 14 yards against Washington; Had 44 tackles in the last six games.

2005 Season

V-Letter … Games - 10 … Starts - 9 … Special Teams: Punt, Punt Return, Onside KO, Hands … season high nine tackles at Oregon State, California and USC … also picked off two passes at California … averaged nearly seven tackles a game over the last eight games of the season … missed the first game with a sprained ankle and saw limited action at Nevada … returned to the starting lineup against Grambling State.

2004 Season

V-letter … Games - 11 … Starts - 0 … primarily a special teams player … earned the following weekly team awards: Assassin - Oregon, Iron Man - Stanford/UCLA. Special Teams: Punt Gunner, Kickoffs, KO Returns … received Team's Assassin Award … at New Mexico had one tackle, recovered a late-game fumble and intercepted a Lobo pass … recovered an Arizona fumble forced by Pat Bennett with 1:19 to play and WSU turned the possession into the winning TD with 53 seconds to play, beating the Wildcats 20-19 … the next week against Oregon made a career-high four tackles … also four tackles at Oregon State and three in win at UCLA.

2003 Season

Redshirted.

High School

Coached by John Capraro at Pomona High … also lettered twice in basketball and three times in golf … golf team captain as a junior and football team captain as a senior … as a SOPHOMORE team's defensive MVP and Rookie of the Year … all-league honorable mention on defense … during JUNIOR year named team's defensive specialist of the year … All-Miramonte League defensive first team and second team All-Inland Valley team, also on defense … SENIOR year ranked No. 9 safety on the West Coast by Greg Biggins of PacWest Football … named to second team All-CIF … hauled in a key, 65-yard touchdown pass in Pomona's 35-21 win over University in the second round of the CIF Division IX playoffs … CIF Div. 9 defensive player of the year … named to the All-CIF All-Division second team … first team All-Valle Vista League as both a defensive back and wide receiver … team Red Devil of the Year … Daily Bulletin first team defensive back and Inland Valley first team, also on defense.

Personal

Born July 27, 1985, at Los Angeles … parents Yusuf and Sa'eeda Johnwell … brothers, Abbas, Hamza, Esa, Salih, Mustafa and Musa and sisters, Hajirah, Aliyyah, Aisha and Sabriah … played with brother Hamza in WSU's defensive backfield … also a high school teammate of Cougar defensive linemen Odell Howard … enjoys playing golf, video games and reading … prep golf and football clubs president.

 
 

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