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#8 Ameer Abdullah
Position: I Back
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 190
Year: Junior
Hometown: Homewood, Ala.
High School: Homewood
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Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Record Holder in Career All-Purpose Yards
» Nebraska Record Holder in Career Carries
» Nebraska Record Holder in Career 300-Yard All-Purpose Games
» Only Player in Nebraska History with Three 1,000-Yard Rushing Seasons
» Nebraska Record Holder in Season 200-Yard Rushing Games (4 in 2014)
» Nebraska Record Holder in Season 300-Yard All-Purpose Games (2 in 2014)
» Nebraska Record Holder for Single-Game All-Purpose Yards (341 vs. Rutgers, 2014)
» Nebraska Record Holder for Single-Game Kickoff Returns Yards (211 vs. Fresno State, 2011)
» Athlon Sports National Player of the Week (Oct. 27)
» 2014 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 1, Sept. 12, Sept. 29 & Oct. 27)
» 2014 Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll (Sept. 6)
» Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2014)

» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
» 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 & 2014)
» 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)
» Four-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)

2014 Season
Career Notes: increased his career rushing total to 4,296 yards, moving him into second place on Nebraska’s all-time rushing chart behind only Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier (4,780)... increased his career rushing attempts total to 753, setting a Nebraska record for career carries... previous record of 668 carries was held by Mike Rozier (1981-83)... trails only Rozier (26) with 23 career 100-yard rushing games... owns 37 career rushing touchdowns, moving him into fifth place on the NU career rushing touchdowns list... 45 overall touchdowns are tied with Ahman Green for third place all-time at Nebraska...moved into second place on the Big Ten career all-purpose yardage list with a school-record 6,700 yards, moving ahead of two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin (6,559) and trailing only Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne (7,429)... five career 200-yard rushing games trails only Rozier’s seven career 200-yard rushing games... only player in Nebraska history to have three 1,000-yard rushing seasons... National Notes: Leads all active FBS players in career rushing yards (4,296), career all-purpose yards (6,700), career yards from scrimmage (4,912) and career 100-yard rushing games (23)... is the nation's only active FBS player with 20 career 100-yard rushing games... Florida Atlantic: Rushed 21 times for a career-high 232 yards, topping his previous career high of 225 yards against Illinois in 2013... rushing total marked the 15th-most rushing yards in school history and the 37th 200-yard rushing game in Nebraska history... 232 yards were the second-most by a Husker in a season opener, trailing Marlon Lucky’s 233 yards against Nevada in 2007. McNeese State: Rushed 17 times for 54 yards and one touchdown... caught three passes for a career-high 96 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter that broke a 24-24 tie... 58-yard catch alone broke his previous single-game high of 50 yards against UCLA in 2013.... finished the game with 184 all-purpose yards, including 90 yards in the fourth quarter on three touches. Fresno State: Rushed 19 times for 110 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give NU a 14-0 lead... 57-yard run was a season long and his third run of at least 30 yards in 2014. Miami: Rushed a career-high 35 times for 229 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding a three-yard touchdown reception... previous career high in carries was 31 against Penn State in 2012... 229 rushing yards marked Abdullah’s second 200-yard rushing game of 2014, following a career-high 232 yards against Florida Atlantic... also topped 200 yards with 225 yards last season against Illinois... posted a career-high 313 all-purpose yards, bettering his 252-yard effort against Wisconsin in 2012... 313 all-purpose yards rank second on the Nebraska single-game all-purpose yardage list, and is the most by a Husker since Roy Helu Jr. had a school-record 321 all-purpose yards against Missouri on Oct. 30, 2010... Illinois: Rushed 22 times for 208 yards with a career-high three rushing touchdowns... opened the game with five carries for 60 yards on Nebraska’s first drive, capped by a 12-yard touchdown run to give Nebraska a 7-0 lead... rushed for 196 yards on 20 carries in the first half alone, including 13 carries for 127 yards in the first quarter... marked the second straight three-touchdown game for Abdullah after recording two rushing scores and a receiving TD against Miami... 208-yard effort was Abdullah’s fourth career 200-yard rushing game and third of 2014... notched a 200-yard game against the Illini for the second straight season, after posting 225 yards last season... three 200-yard games this season are tied for the second most in a season in school history, trailing Rozier’s four 200-yard games in his 1983 Heisman season... Michigan State: Rushed 24 times for 45 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns... had 22 receiving yards and 48 yards on kickoff returns, giving him 115 all-purpose yards... became the seventh player in Big Ten history with more than 6,000 career all-purpose yards... limited to 67 yards from scrimmage, ending a nation-leading streak of 18 straight games with at least 100 yards from scrimmage... Northwestern: Rushed 23 times for 146 yards and a career-high four touchdowns... increased his season rushing total to 1,024... became the first player in Nebraska history with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons, and marked the 35th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history... 146 rushing yards marked his 22nd career 100-yard rushing game and his third career 100-yard rushing game against Northwestern... became the first Husker to score four rushing touchdowns in a game since quarterback Taylor Martinez had four rushing touchdowns at Kansas State on Oct. 7, 2010... in addition to his 146 rushing yards, Abdullah totaled 13 receiving yards and 15 kick return yards for 174 all-purpose yards... Rutgers: Rushed 19 times for 225 yards and three touchdowns... marked his fourth 200-yard rushing game of the season (Florida Atlantic, Miami, Illinois, Rutgers)... tied the Nebraska season record, matching Mike Rozier’s four 200-yard rushing games in 1983... marked his 23rd career 100-yard rushing game and his sixth of the 2014 season... 53-yard touchdown run in the second quarter marked his fourth play from scrimmage of better than 50 yards this season, including three runs (57 vs. Fresno State, 50 vs. Northwestern, 53 vs. Rutgers) and one reception (58 vs. McNeese State)... with three rushing touchdowns, Abdullah recorded his fifth straight games with multiple rushing touchdowns, tying Rozier for the longest such streak in school history.... Added runs of 48 and 49 yards later in the game... totaled 26 receiving yards and 90 kick return yards for a school-record 341 all-purpose yards... previous record was 321 all-purpose yards by Roy Helu Jr. against Missouri in 2010... has the only two 300-yard all-purpose yardage games in the nation this season, including his 313 all-purpose yards against Miami on Sept. 20... increased his career all-purpose yardage total to 6,604 and moved from fourth to second place on the Big Ten’s career all-purpose yardage list... moved past Anthony Thompson (Indiana, 6,466 yards) and Ohio State’s Archie Griffin (6,559 yards). Purdue: Left the game early with an injury... was limited to one yard on six carries. Wisconsin: Played in his 50th career game... rushed 18 times for 69 yards... increased season rushing total to 1,319 yards moving him into the No. 10 spot on the Nebraska season rushing list... is the second-highest ever for a Husker senior, trailing only Mike Rozier’s 2,148 yards in 1983... increased his career rushing total to 4,296 moving him within 484 yards of Mike Rozier’s school-record 4,780 rushing yards... increased his career all-purpose yardage total to 6,700, moving him within 300 yards of becoming the 11th player in NCAA history with 7,000 career all-purpose yards.

2013 (Junior)
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 also 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, ranking 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 and two touchdowns against Southern Miss. 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 20 times for 126 yards and a touchdown. Abdullah had an excellent effort in 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 five-yard touchdown pass in the final minutes to provide the winning score. 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.

2012 (Sophomore)
Abdullah played in all 14 games with seven starts and helped Nebraska lead the Big Ten in both rushing and total offense. He rushed 226 times for 1,137 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore after he was thrust into a leading role following an early-season injury to senior Rex Burkhead.

Abdullah ran for at least 100 yards in each of his first five starts, the first Nebraska player to accomplish that since 1994. He finished the year with six 100-yard rushing games. His 81.2 rushing yards per game were ninth in the Big Ten, and he ranked fourth in the conference in all-purpose yards per game at 134.6 yards per game. Abdullah earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the league’s coaches for his effort as a sophomore.

Abdullah carried the ball more than 15 times in eight games, including 30 or more carries against both Arkansas State and Penn State. Out of the backfield, Abdullah 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 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 rushed 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 at UCLA and responded with 16 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Abdullah rushed for a season-high 167 yards on 30 carries against Arkansas State, including a season-long 45-yard run. A week later, he had an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Abdullah produced one of the most prolific all-purpose games in school history against Wisconsin. 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 also had a big night in the return game at Ohio State with eight returns for 128 yards, and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns against the Buckeyes.

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 at Michigan State and caught a touchdown pass in the game. He was a workhorse in a comeback win against Penn State, carrying a career-high 31 times for 116 yards. Abdullah carried 18 times for 79 yards against Minnesota to move past 1,000 rushing yards.

With Burkhead returning to action for the final three games, Abdullah’s number of carries decreased, however he ran for a combined 127 yards on 39 carries in the final three games of the year to finish with 1,137 yards.

2011 (Freshman)
Abdullah saw action in every game as a true freshman. He rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns, reaching the end zone against Penn State, Michigan and South Carolina. He was also one of the nation’s most dangerous return threats. Abdullah averaged 29.3 yards on 26 kickoff returns, including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Fresno State. He set a school-record with 211 kickoff return yards against the Bulldogs. Abdullah ranked ninth nationally in kickoff return average and also averaged better than seven yards on 15 punt returns.

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.

Personal
Ameer is the son of Kareem and Aisha Abdullah, and he was born on June 13, 1993. Abdullah has volunteered time with at the Bryan LGH Kid’s Health and Safety Fair, Belmont Elementary School, Randolph Elementary, Madonna Rehabilitation Center, Nebraska Sportsmanship Rally, team hospital visits, the Belmont Rec Center, and the Uplifting Athletes Road Races. For his efforts in the community, Abdullah was named to both the 2014 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Abdullah was honored as a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Award winner in both 2012 and 2014. Abdullah is majoring in history, and he has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll three times, in addition to his selection to the 2013 Academic All-Big Ten team.


Abdullah's Career Statistics

Year

G/S

Att.

Net

Y/A

Y/G

Long

TDs

2011 13/0 42 150 3.6 11.5 24 at Wyoming 3
2012 14/7 226 1,137 5.0 81.2 45 vs. Arkansas St. 8

2013

13/13

281

1,690

6.0

130.0

62 vs. Wyoming

9

2014

10/10

204

1,319

6.5

131.9

57 at Fresno St.

17

Totals

50/30

753 

4,296

5.7

85.9

62 vs. Wyoming

37

Receiving: Career: 65 catches, 616 yards, 6 TDs, long of 58 vs. McNeese State (2014)
2014: 14 catches, 195 yards, 2 TDs, long of 58 vs. McNeese State
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: 58 returns, 1,472 yards, 1 TD, 24.9 average, long of 100 vs. Fresno St. (2011)
2014: 11 returns, 272 yards, 0 TDs, 24.7 average, long of 76 vs. Rutgers
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: 6,700 yards, 907 attempts, 134.0 yards per game, 7.4 yards per attempt
2014: 1,786 yards, 229 attempts, 178.6 yards per game, 7.8 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

Single-Game Highs
» Rushing Touchdowns -
4 at Northwestern (2014)

» Carries - 35 vs. Miami (2014)
» Rushing Yards - 232 vs. Florida Atlantic (2014)
» Receptions - 5 at Northwestern (2012)
» Receiving Yards - 96 vs. McNeese State (2014)
» Punt Return Yards - 80 vs. Idaho State (2012)
» Kickoff Return Yards - 211 vs. Fresno State (2011)*
» All-Purpose Yards -
341 vs. Rutgers (2014)*

* school record