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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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Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranked Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah as the No. 25 overall prospect and compared him to LeSean McCoy.
"Abdullah is a personal preference over Melvin Gordon," Burke wrote. "Why? Mainly because he's already shown he can be a three-down back, whereas Gordon has been eased into that role by Wisconsin. Abdullah (5-9, 195) has 16 touchdowns and nearly 1,200 total yards this season. His quick-cut running style is reminiscent of LeSean McCoy." The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Abdullah has 1,024 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on a 6.4 YPC average during Nebraska's 6-1 start. Oct 22 - 1:09 AM

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Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 146 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries in Saturday's 38-17 win over Northwestern.

The last time the Huskers played, Abdullah was held to 45 yards on 24 carries against Michigan State. It looks like a bye week -- and a far inferior defense -- did him some good. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Abdullah is a darkhorse Heisman contender. He has 1,024 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on a 6.4 YPC average during Nebraska's 6-1 start.
Oct 20 - 3:04 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah was held to 45 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in the school's 27-22 loss to Michigan State.

The Spartans kept Abdullah in check, limiting his longest run to nine yards. Abdullah typically shows great balance when beating first contact, but Michigan State's defense was very assertive when getting to the running back. Abdullah did add 22 receiving yards.
Oct 5 - 12:42 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "always appears two steps ahead of defenders."

"Abdullah has outstanding balance and body control, using his low center of gravity and vision to string together moves and always appears two steps ahead of defenders," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Abdullah, currently leads college football in rushing with 833 yards on the ground, and is averaging 166.6 rushing yards and 212.0 all-purpose yards per game. If the Nebraska prospect continues his ways, he is on pace for over 2,100 rushing yards this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 2 - 2:08 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah is "making us all take notice," an AFC scout said.

The entire quote is less effusive, and speaks to the problematic nature of Abdullah's draft stock: "He's not Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon, but he's making us all take notice." In other words, everybody loves Abdullah, but he's no better than the No. 3 player in a position group that the NFL has greatly devalued over the past few years. "He's carrying the Huskers right now and is among the backs with the potential to snap the streak of drafts without a first-round running back," NFL.com wrote. We love Abdullah and believe he's a Heisman frontrunner, but disagree with the assertion that he's in play for Round 1. We see Abdullah as a mid-round selection, perhaps going in the second half of Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 2 - 1:55 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks included Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah as one of his draft "risers" on Monday.

Abdullah absolutely rolled in the Cornhuskers' last contest, as he picked up 208 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries against Illinois. It was Abdullah's third 200 yard rushing game of the season. After the effort, Bucky Brooks wrote that it was time to throw Abdullah's name into the Heisman race. Brooks went on to praise Abdullah's consistency and called him one of the "fastest risers" in the draft. Abdullah is averaging a gaudy 7.3 YPC in 2014.
Source: nfl.com
Sep 29 - 4:27 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in Saturday's 45-14 win over Illinois.

Despite a long run of only 28 yards, Abdullah averaged 9.5 yards per carry. He's totaled at least 150 yards of total offense in four of five games, rushed for 100 yards or more in four of five, and gone over 200 yards in three of five. That's good for 833 yards and eight touchdowns across 114 attempts (7.3 YPC). Even before this game, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler said Abdullah would have his Heisman vote. He's a leading candidate.
Sep 29 - 1:44 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that "if the Heisman was handed out tomorrow Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah would be his pick.

"Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah faces an uphill climb to win the Heisman Trophy. But if the award was handed out tomorrow, he would be my pick," Brugler tweeted. The 5-foot-9, 195 pound Abdullah recently rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries in Saturday's 10-point win over Miami on Saturday. The Heisman hopeful currently leads CFB with 848 all-purpose yards this season.
Sep 23 - 3:17 PM

The Associate Press reports that Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah believes Jameis Winston needs to "think" before he acts" and "understand the bigger picture."

"It's kind of hard for me to understand what's going on with him right now, but from a general standpoint it's the maturity level," Abdullah told the Associated Press. "Think before you act. Understand the bigger picture. Everything that you do, say or how you present yourself can have dire consequences. That's something I feel like he definitely needs to assess more." Nebraska's Heisman hopeful, is not only getting it done off the field, but he's getting it done on the field these days. On Saturday versus Miami, Abdullah rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries in Saturday's 10-point win over Miami.
Sep 22 - 4:03 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries in Saturday's 10-point win over Miami.

Abdullah is going to get a ton of work this season, because Bo Pelini and his staff can't trust Tommy "No Arm" Armstrong Jr. to have the ball in the air against quality opponents. Instead, they'll feed Abdullah. And, as long as he isn't facing eight-man boxes every play, he should produce just fine. On Saturday, Miami didn't have a chance. We see Abdullah as a mid-round selection.
Sep 22 - 12:38 AM

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

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