Honors & Awards
» Third-Team All-American (AP, 2013)
» Doak Walker Award Semifinalist (2013, 1 of 10)
» First-Team All-Big Ten (2013, Coaches, Media, BTN)
» Walter Camp Award Watch List (2013, 1 of 50)
» Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Illinois, 2013)
» Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll (vs. Northwestern, 2013)
» Nebraska Team MVP (2013)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2013)
» Team Captain (2013)
» Nebraska Lifter of the Year (2012, 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)
» Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers Return Specialist Award Semifinalist (1 of 12, 2012)
» Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (vs. Idaho State, 2012, vs. Fresno St., 2011)
» Three-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» 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 Freshman of the Week (vs. Fresno State, 2011)
» School Record Holder for Single-Game Kickoff Returns Yards (211 vs. Fresno State, 2011)
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.
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.
Abdullah ran for 1,690 yards and nine touchdowns on 281 carries during the 2013 season. Abdullah topped 100 yards in 11 of 13 games, including a career-high 225 yards against Illinois. He had a streak of eight straight games with 100 yards, and topped 85 yards in all 13 games.
Abdullah averaged 130.0 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 was Nebraska’s third-leading receiver with 26 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns. His all-around ability placed him first in the conference and 13th nationally in all-purpose yards per game, averaging 153.8 yards per game.
Abdullah averaged 6.0 yards per carry and carried the ball more than 20 times nine times in 2013, including each of the final six games. While showing the ability to carry a heavy load, Abdullah also provided a big-play threat in the running game. He had eight runs of 30 yards or more this season, to rank among the national leaders in that category.
Abdullah opened the year with 114 yards against Wyoming, including a career-long 62-yard run in the second quarter. He also ran for 114 yards against Southern Miss, including a pair of touchdown runs. Abdullah was limited to 98 yards against UCLA, but accounted for 148 all-purpose yards in the contest. He closed non-conference play with 139 rushing yards and 185 all-purpose yards against South Dakota State.
He enjoyed a career day against Illinois, rushing for a career-high 225 yards and two touchdowns on just 20 carries, the most rushing yards for a Husker since 2010. Abdullah had three runs of 30 yards or more against the Fighting Illini, including a spectacular 43-yard TD run in the third quarter. He was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his effort.
Abdullah surpassed the 2,000-yard career rushing mark at Purdue when he rushed for 20 times for 126 yards and a touchdown. Abdullah had an excellent effort despite a loss at Minnesota, rushing 19 times for 165 yards.
He ran 24 times for 127 yards against Northwestern to move past 1,000 rushing yards on the season. He was the first NU player to break the 1,000-yard mark in eight games since Ahman Green in 1997. Abdullah also caught three passes for 31 yards on the game-winning drive in the final seconds, including a 16-yard catch and run to convert a 4th-and-15 and keep NU’s hopes alive.
Abdullah rushed for 105 hard-fought yards on 27 carries in a 17-13 win at Michigan. He also caught a touchdown pass in the final minutes to provide the winning socre. Abdullah rushed 22 times for 123 yards against Michigan State’s top-ranked rushing defense. He was the first runner to top 100 yards against the Spartans since he and Taylor Martinez both did it at MSU in 2012.
Abdullah posted his eighth straight 100-yard rushing game at Penn State with 25 carries for 147 yards, including a 50-yard run to set up a tying field goal in the fourth quarter. He closed the regular season with 23 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown against Iowa. Abdullah posted his 11th 100-yard game of the season in the Gator Bowl win over Georgia, rushing 27 times for 122 yards and a a touchdown against the Bulldog defense.
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