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Ameer Abdullah | Running Back

Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 6/13/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 190

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Florida Atlantic first-year coach Charlie Partridge, who opened the year with back-to-back losses at Nebraska and Alabama, said Huskers' senior RB Ameer Abdullah is the best running back the team has faced so far.
In other words, Partridge believes Abdullah is superior to Alabama's T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, saying: "He’s got all three, power, make-you-miss ability and speed. All at an extremely high level. He’s a great player." Partridge ranked Yeldon No. 2: "He’s powerful and can run fast, but I don’t know that he’s got the make-you-miss near as much." Henry was ranked third by Partridge: "He’s a little quicker and can make you miss. He’s not as explosively a power back." Sep 15 - 7:42 PM

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Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 110 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries in the school's 55-19 win over Fresno State.

Fifty-seven of Abdullah's yards occurred on a single play. Abdullah is one of the most complete runners in the country and should a mid-round pick who has the skills to contribute immediately. He could even be the third running back selected.
Sep 14 - 12:50 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler doesn't think the NFL should be scared away by Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah's lack of size.

Abdullah averaged only 3.2 yards in Saturday's win against McNeese State, but he produced a game-winning 58-yard touchdown catch-and-run that showed why we see Darren McFadden in him. "At 195 pounds, he doesn't have the ideal build for the NFL level, but his combination of natural balance, vision and acceleration out of his cuts shows that he can not only be effective in the NFL, but also thrive," Brugler wrote. "Don't let the size scare you."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 9 - 5:35 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah recorded 54 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in the school's 31-24 win over McNeese State.

Abdullah added 96 receiving yards and a touchdown on three receptions, including the game winning 58 yard reception. On the play, Abdullah broke multiple tackles and ran away from the defense after creating space. It was only his second touch in the second half. Nebraska would be wise to use a talent like Abdullah in close situations. We compare the back's running style to Darren McFadden.
Sep 6 - 3:35 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes NFL scouts overrate Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah.

Abdullah, a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a Doak Walker Award semifinalist last season, ran for 1,690 yards, the highest yardage total at Nebraska since Ahman Green in 1997. "Though I like Ameer Abdullah, I don’t grade him as high as scouts, many who feel he’s fringe first round material," Pauline wrote. "Abdullah is a creative runner who beats defenders into the open field but at barely 5-feet, 8.5-inches and 200lbs, is he anything more than a situational runner at the next level?" The expert grades Abdullah as a Round 4 prospect. He sounds as low on the program as a whole as Abdullah as a prospect. "I’m surprised Nebraska has not done better in the Big Ten," Pauline wrote. "I really thought they would beat up on the conference upon arrival but it never happened. Of course the question must be ask; what percentage of the blame falls on the shoulders of coach Bo Pellini?"
Aug 10 - 2:40 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "has the skill-set to have a Warrick Dunn-type career at the next level."

Abdullah was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a Doak Walker Award semifinalist last season, scampering for 1,690 yards, the highest yardage total at Nebraska since Ahman Green in 1997. "Abdullah has a leaner-than-ideal upper and lower body build, but is much tougher than he looks and lowers his pads at the point of attack," Brugler wrote. "He accelerates quickly and runs with his feet on fire, controlling his momentum well to make sharp cuts and elude in the open field. Abdullah has flexible ankles and runs low to the ground with springs in his calves to make explosive jump cuts without losing speed. He has active feet and sees the field well to make proper reads and pick through the line of scrimmage without any hesitation and always appears two steps ahead." For a more topical comparison, the analyst calls Abdullah "a better Andre Ellington."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 7:24 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "a better Andre Ellington."

"Abdullah reminds me of a better Andre Ellington. Few run harder at his size. Smart, controls his momentum in his cuts. Seems two steps ahead." The 5-foot-9, 190 pound Abdullah was one of college football's most dependable running backs in 2013. The Nebraska prospect carried the rock 281 times and still managed to average 6 yards a carry. Last season, Abdullah only had two games where he rushed for under 100 yards, and finished the season with 1,690 yards rushing and was Nebraska’s third-leading receiver with 26 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Look for Abdullah and the running game to be the focal point of the offense with the graduation of QB Taylor Martinez.
Jul 29 - 3:54 PM

Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl notes that Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah is a "versatile shake and bake type," who reminds him of RB Andre Ellington.

"Fan of Nebraska RB Abdullah. Versatile shake and bake type. Strong peripheral vision. Presses line of scrimmage to create creases," Weidl tweeted. In another tweet, Weidl added that the Nebraska prospect reminded him of Arizona Cardinal's Andre Ellington. Last season Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards, which is the highest yardage total since Ahman Green in 1997. The 5-foot-10, 190 pound Abdullah gives the Cornhuskers versatility out of the backfield, as he's dangerous as a runner and as a pass catcher. Abdullah was Nebraska’s third-leading receiver with 26 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns.
Jul 24 - 8:40 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah as his No.1 senior RB.

"Nebraska hasn't churned out running backs the way it did in the Tom Osborne era, but Abdullah is as productive a back as they've seen in Lincoln since Ahman Green. He leads all FBS players in career yards from scrimmage, and offers value not merely as an explosive runner, but as a pass-catcher, with 50 catches over the past two seasons," Kiper wrote. The Nebraska prospect heads into his senior season as a leading contender for All-America and other national awards. Last season Abdullah finished with 1,690 rushing yards, which is the highest yardage total since Ahman Green in 1997. The 5-9, 195-pound Abdullah has a great opportunity to rewrite the record books in his last season with the Cornhuskers.
Jun 10 - 5:01 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler listed five "undervalued" prospects in the class of 2015, including Nebraska senior-to-be RB Ameer Abdullah.

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong, Michigan DE Frank Clark, Washington DE Hauoli Kikaha and Michigan State FS Kurtis Drummond are the other four prospects. Next year's class will be loaded with running backs, many from the southern conferences, but Abdullah is definitely a name to watch.
May 27 - 10:29 AM

NFL scouts will make an exception for Nebraska junior RB Ameer Abdullah's small stature due to his "explosive skills on the perimeter," writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

The 5-9, 190-pounder, who has "remarkable running skills and big-play ability," according to the scribe, has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. "Looking at Abdullah on tape, he exhibits the speed, quickness and agility to be a terrific change-of-pace back at the next level," writes Brooks. "While his size will always lead to concerns about his durability, the fact that he had nine games with 20-plus carries in 2013 says a lot about his ability to carry the load as a primary ball carrier."
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 2:53 PM

Nebraska junior RB Ameer Abdullah announced Thursday that he'll return for his senior year.

Abdullah wouldn't have been a high draft choice, but running backs typically declare at a far more aggressive rate than other positions because they play a hazardous position that the NFL has devalued. Abdullah was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a Doak Walker Award semifinalist this past season, scampering for 1,690 yards. "The average NFL career, because of the violent nature of the sport, is less than five years. In analyzing these truths, I have come to realize that life is bigger than football, and that my chances of long-term success in life will be greatly enhanced by completing my college education," Abdullah said in a statement.
Source: huskers.com
Jan 9 - 10:17 PM

Nebraska junior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown in the school's 24-19 win over Georgia.

The Cornhuskers only completed six passes all day, so they relied on Abdullah for 27 carries. We doubt he declares for May's drfat, but Abdullah is an intriguing talent heading into next season.
Jan 1 - 5:48 PM

Nebraska junior RB Ameer Abdullah is not focused on a possible NFL decision at this time.

"I really haven't given it much thought," Abdullah said, when asked if he might jump to the NFL after this season. "To me, that's a really big jump." Abdullah has admirably filled in for the departed Rex Burkhead, rushing for 1,438 yards and seven touchdowns.
Source: Huskers
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 01:37:00 PM

Nebraska junior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Saturday's 17-13 victory over Michigan.

Abdullah has run for more than 100 yards in eight of nine games this year (he rushed for 98 yards in the other). He's rushed for 1,213 yards and seven touchdowns during Nebraska's 7-2 start.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 09:43:00 PM