Honors & Awards
» 2013 Third-Team All-American (AP)
» 2013 Doak Walker Award Semifinalist (1-of-10)
» 2013 Doak Walker Award Watch List (2013)
» 2013 Walter Camp Award Watch List (2013)
» Second-Team All-Big Ten Running Back (Coaches, 2012)
» Second-Team All-Big Ten Punt Returner (Phil Steele, 2012)
» Third-Team All-Big Ten Running Back (Phil Steele, 2012)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten Running Back (Media, 2012)
» 2012 Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers Return Specialist Award Semifinalist (1 of 12)
» Nebraska Lifter of the Year (2012)
» Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Illinois, 2013)
» Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (vs. Idaho State, 2012)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012; Spring 2013)
» First-Team All-Big Ten (Kickoff Returner, Yahoo.com, 2011)
» Second-Team All-Big Ten (Kickoff Returner, Phil Steele, 2011)
» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (Kickoff Returner and Punt Returner, Yahoo.com, 2011)
» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (Punt Returner and Running Back, ESPN.com, 2011)
» Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (vs. Fresno State, 2011)
» Big Ten Freshman of the Week (vs. Fresno State, 2011)
» School Record Holder for Single-Game Kickoff Returns Yards (211 vs. Fresno State, 2011)
Junior I-back Ameer Abdullah has put together the most prolific rushing season by a Nebraska player in more than a decade in 2013. A workhourse for the Nebraska offense, the 5-9, 190-pound Abdullah has produced his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, while topping 100 yards rushing in 10 of 12 games.
Abdullah finished the regular season with 1,568 rushing yards on 254 carries, while scoring eight rushing touchdowns. His yardage total is the highest for a Husker since Ahman Green in 1997, and the fifth-best in school history. His 10 100-yard rushing games are tied for fourth in school history, and he could tie the NU record by topping the century mark in the bowl game.
Abdullah ran for a career-high 225 yards against Illinois and surpassed 125 yards in six games this season. Abdullah had a streak of eight straight 100-yard rushing games that tied for the fourth-longest streak in school history.
The Homewood, Ala., native averaged 130.7 rushing yards per game to rank second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally. In conference games, he was even better, averaging 137.9 yards per game to again rank second in the conference.
Abdullah is Nebraska’s third-leading receiver with 26 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns. His all-around ability has placed him second in the conference in all-purpose yards, averaging 154.9 yards per game, just behind Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde.
Abdullah averages an impressive 6.2 yards per carry entering the Gator Bowl and has carried the ball more than 20 times eight times this season, including each of the past five games. While showing the ability to carry a heavy load, Abdullah also provides a big-play threat in the running game. He has eight runs of 30 yards or more this season, to rank among the national leaders in that category.
The standout play this season 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.
With his 10 games of 100 yards or more in 2013, Abdullah has 16 career 100-yard rushing games. That total ranks in a tie for fourth in school history and is the sixth-most among active FBS players. Abdullah enters the bowl game with 2,855 career rushing yards to rank ninth in school history. If he were to rush for 145 yards against Georgia, Abdullah would become just the third player in school history to reach 3,000 career rushing yards before his senior season.
Abdullah’s 1,859 all-purpose yards this season are the sixth-most in school history, and he needs 141 all-purpose yards to post the third 2,000-yard all-purpose season in NU history. Abdullah has 4,774 career all-purpose yards, trailing only Heisman winners Johnny Rodgers and Mike Rozier.
Abdullah was also one of 30 Husker named to the Academic All-Big Ten team.
Wyoming: Led Nebraska’s rushing attack with 114 yards on 19 carries to help the Huskers rack up 375 yards on the ground... had a career-long 62-yard run in the second quarter to set up a Nebraska touchdown... previous career long rush was 45 yards against Arkansas State last season. Southern Miss: Rushed 17 times for 114 yards, with a three-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 37-yard TD run in the third quarter... also caught four passes for 16 yards. UCLA: Started his 10th career game and played in his 30th... rushed 23 times for 98 yards... finished two yards short of picking up his ninth career 100-yard game... caught three passes for 50 yards to account for 148 all-purpose yards. SDSU: Rushed 15 times for a then-season-high 139 yards, including a one-yard TD run in the second quarter... also caught three passes for 46 yards to account for 185 all-purpose yards... Illinois: Rushed 20 times for a career-high 225 yards and two touchdowns... 200-yard rushing game was the first by a Nebraska player since Taylor Martinez ran for 205 yards on 17 carries at Michigan State in 2012... 225 rushing yards were the most by an NU player since Roy Helu Jr. rushed for a school-record 307 yards against Missouri on Oct. 30, 2010... had a 30-yard run in the first quarter to set up the game’s opening score... added a 43-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and an additional 33-yard run in the third quarter. Purdue: Rushed 20 times for 126 yards and one touchdown... surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards to become the 28th player in Nebraska history to rush for 2,000 career yards... is the 12th player to reach 2,000 yards before the end of his junior year... had a 33-yard run on the final play of the third quarter, marking his seventh run of at least 30 yards this season. Minnesota: Rushed 19 times for 165 yards, his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season and 12th of his career. Northwestern: Rushed 24 times for 127 yards to push his season rushing total to 1,108... became the first player to reach 1,000 yards in eight or fewer games since Ahman Green had 1,098 rushing yards through eight games in 1997... is the eighth player in Nebraska history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons... added three receptions for 31 yards - all on the game-winning drive - including a 16-yard catch and run to convert 4th-and-15... added two kick returns for 39 yards to finish with 197 all-purpose yards. Michigan: Rushed 27 times for 105 yards to push his season rushing total to 1,213... rushing total was the sixth-most yards for a Nebraska player through nine games... became only the eighth player in school history to reach 2,500 career rushing yards before the end of his junior season... totaled 110 all-purpose yards and moved into third place on the Nebraska career all-purpose yardage list. Michigan State: Rushed 22 times for 123 yards... most rushing yards against Michigan State’s top-ranked rush defense in 2013... first runner to top the century mark against Michigan State since 2012 when Abdullah rushed for 110 yards against the Spartans and quarterback Taylor Martinez had 205 yards rushing against the MSU defense. Penn State: Rushed 25 times for 147 yards... marked the 16th 100-yard rushing game of Abdullah’s career, tying Calvin Jones for the fourth-most 100-yard rushing games in a career. Iowa: Rushed 23 times for 85 yards and a five-yard touchdown run in the third quarter... caught a pair of passes for 23 yards, including a 19-yard reception... increased his season rushing total to 1,568 yards and recorded just the fifth 1,500-yard rushing season in school history...increased his career rushing total to 2,855 yards, moving him up two spots to ninth on the Nebraska career rushing list, passing Lawrence Phillips (2,777 yards) and I.M. Hipp (2,814 yards)... 85 rushing yards were a season low and marked just the second time in 2013 he was held below 100 rushing yards (also 98 vs. UCLA)... had a streak of eight straight 100-yard rushing games end, as well as his bid to rush for 100 yards in all eight Big Ten Conference games... eight straight 100-yard rushing games tied for the fourth-longest streak in school history... 10 100-yard rushing games are the fourth-most in a season in Nebraska history, one behind the record of 11 held by Mike Rozier (1983), Lawrence Phillips (1994) and Ahman Green (1997).
Abdullah played in all 14 games with seven starts, to help Nebraska lead the Big Ten in both rushing offense and total offense. Abdullah carried 226 times for 1,137 yards and eight touchdowns, while averaging 5.0 yards per carry. His 81.2 rushing yards per game ranked ninth in the Big Ten, while his 134.6 all-purpose yards per contest were good for fourth in the conference.
Abdullah showed the ability to be an every-down back, as he carried the ball more than 15 times in eight games, including more than 30 carries against both Arkansas State and Penn State. Abdullah also caught 24 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 21.2 yards on 17 kickoff returns to rank in the top 10 in the conference and also averaged 13.1 yards on 16 punt returns.
After Burkhead went down early in the Southern Miss contest, Abdullah took over as the lead back and ran 15 times for 81 yards. He also caught four passes in the game, including his first career receiving touchdown.
Abdullah earned his first career start the next week at UCLA and responded with 16 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns. It marked the first of six for Abdullah in 2012, including each of his first five starts. Abdullah became the first NU player since 1994 to rush for at least 100 yards in each of his first five career starts.
Abdullah rushed for a career-high 167 yards on 30 carries against Arkansas State, including a career-long 45-yard run. A week later, he ran for 49 yards and a touchdown against Idaho State and had an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Abdullah produced one of the most prolific all-purpose games in school history against Wisconsin in Lincoln. He totaled 252 all-purpose yards, including five kickoff returns for 142 yards, highlighted by an 83-yard return in the first quarter. He also ran 10 times for 70 yards and had 22 receiving yards. Abdullah had a big night in the return game at Ohio State with eight returns for 128 yards. He also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns against the Buckeyes.
The running of Abdullah helped key Nebraska’s six-game win streak in the second half of the regular season. He ran 19 times for 101 yards at Northwestern in a 29-28 win, then had 24 carries for 101 hard-fought yards in a 23-9 victory over Michigan in Lincoln, including 85 rushing yards after halftime.
Abdullah ran for 110 yards on 22 carries against one of the nation’s top run defenses at Michigan State and also caught a touchdown pass in the game. He continued to be a workhorse in a comeback win against Penn State, carrying a career-high 31 times for 116 yards, moving him past 1,000 career rushing yards. Abdullah carried 18 times for 79 yards against Minnesota to move past 1,000 rushing yards on the season.
With Burkhead returning to action for the final three games, Abdullah’s carries decreased. He ran for a combined 127 yards on 39 carries in the final three games of the year.
Abdullah was one of six true freshman to see action in 2011, appearing in every game. He averaged 29.3 yards on 26 kickoff returns, while also serving as NU's lead punt returner and averaging 7.1 yards on 15 returns. In the running game, Abdullah was typically the first back in for starting I-back Rex Burkhead, and Abdullah finished with 150 yards on 42 carries, including touchdown runs against Penn State, Michigan and South Carolina.
Abdullah burst out of the gate in non-conference action, highlighted by his 228 return yards against Fresno State. His 211 kickoff return yards broke the previous school record by 25 yards and his 100-yard TD return gave NU a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter. He had a 66-yard kickoff return to set up a touchdown against Washington, then had his best rushing game at Wyoming, with three carries for 36 yards, including a 24-yard run.
Abdullah provided a major spark on special teams at Wisconsin, returning seven kickoffs for 187 yards, for the second-highest total in school history. Five of his returns were for 25 yards or more. He totaled 133 all-purpose yards against Ohio State, including 11 yards on kickoff returns. Abdullah saw extensive action at running back at Minnesota, carrying seven times for 30 yards. Abdullah scored Nebraska's first touchdown at Penn State on a two-yard run with 44 seconds remaining in the first half. He added a three-yard touchdown run at Michigan and then carried a career-high 12 times for 35 yards against Iowa. He added his third rushing touchdown of the season from a yard out against South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl.
Before Nebraska (Homewood HS)
Abdullah was a running and receiving threat for Homewood High School and Coach Dickey Wright. Abdullah rushed for 1,800 yards and 24 touchdowns, while catching 33 passes for 515 yards as a senior. He also scored four touchdowns on punt returns to help Homewood to a 6-4 record.
Abdullah was named the South region player of the year by the Birmingham News. He scored the winning TD in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic, and was selected to participate in the Offense-Defense All-American bowl, where he starred as a defensive back.
As a junior, Abdullah rushed for more than 1,000 yards and had 24 catches for more than 200 yards. Rivals.com ranked him as one of the top 20 “athlete” prospects in the country and one of the top 10 players in Alabama. He was also ranked as one of the nation’s top 60 running backs by Scout.com. Abdullah chose Nebraska after also visiting Tennessee and Vanderbilt, and he had a host of offers including USC, Texas A&M and South Carolina.
Ameer is the son of Kareem and Aisha Abdullah, and he was born on June 13, 1993. Abdullah has volunteered time with a Nebraska Sportsmanship Rally, team hospital visits, the Belmont Rec Center, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and with Husker Heroes. He was honored as a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Award winner. Abdullah is a history major, and he earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13.
Abdullah's Career Statistics
||24 at Wyoming
||45 vs. Arkansas St.
62 vs. Wyoming
62 vs. Wyoming
Receiving: Career: 31 catches, 421 yards, 4 TDs, long of 40 vs. UCLA (2013)
2013: 26 catches, 232 yards, 2 TDs, long of 40 vs. UCLA
2012: 24 catches, 178 yards, 2 TDs, long of 26 vs. Arkansas State
2011: 1 catch, 11 yards, 0 TDs, long of 11 at Wyoming
Kickoff Returns: Career: 47 returns, 1,123 yards, 1 TD, 26.1 average, long of 100 vs. Fresno St. (2011)
2013: 4 returns, 77 yards, 0 TDs, 19.2 average, long of 24 vs. Northwestern
2012: 17 returns, 360 yards, 0 TDs, 21.2 average, long of 83 vs. Wisconsin
2011: 26 returns, 763 yards, 1 TD, 29.3 average, long of 100 vs. Fresno State (TD)
Punt Returns: Career: 31 returns, 316 yards, 1 TD, 10.2 average, long of 81 vs. Idaho St. (2012)
2012: 16 returns, 209 yards, 1 TD, 13.1 average, long of 81 vs. Idaho State (TD)
2011: 15 returns, 106 yards, 0 TD, 7.1 average, long of 28 vs. Chattanooga
All-Purpose: Career: 4,914 yards, 678 attempts, 107.9 yards per game, 7.9 yards per attempt
2013: 1,999 yards, 311 attempts, 153.8 yards per game, 6.4 yards per attempt
2012: 1,884 yards, 283 attempts, 134.6 yards per game, 6.7 yards per attempt
2011: 1,031 yards, 84 attempts, 79.3 yards per game, 12.3 yards per attempt
» Touchdowns - 2, seven times (most recenlty at Michigan in 2013)
» Carries - 31 vs. Penn State (2012)
» Rushing Yards - 225 vs. Illinois (2013)
» Receptions - 5 at Northwestern (2012)
» Receiving Yards - 50 vs. UCLA (2013)
» Punt Return Yards - 80 vs. Idaho State (2012)
» Kickoff Return Yards - 211 vs. Fresno State (2011)*
» All-Purpose Yards - 252 vs. Wisconsin (2012)
* school record