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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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Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "is by far the most explosive running back here in Mobile this week," according to Scout's Inc.
"He's undersized, as we expected (5-8, 198 pounds), and his ball security is an issue on tape," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "But he is a natural pass-catcher who can snatch the ball out of the air, and even though he isn't a power between-the-tackles runner, he gets to and through the hole quickly. He runs angry." The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Abdullah has worked his way through a muddled RB class to find solid Day 2 footing. Jan 24 - 5:02 PM

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Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah's "will be in the top-75 mix and possibly the top senior running back drafted due to his natural burst, balance and playmaking skills," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"However, his deficiencies in pass protection stand out on tape and were exposed again during Tuesday's practice," Brugler wrote. "He is willing and tough, but his 198-pound frame simply lacks the base strength or upper body power to control or stop rushers in their tracks. Abdullah is a versatile talent who is fun to watch run the rock, but it's clear his best role in the NFL is probably as a change of pace option where he won't be tasked with protecting the pocket." Brugler's colleague Rob Rang wrote Thursday that Abdullah "is the most exciting runner participating in the Senior Bowl." The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Abdullah has worked his way through a muddled RB class to find solid Day 2 footing. For now, anyway.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 22 - 6:19 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "is the most exciting runner participating in the Senior Bowl," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Abdullah is the most exciting runner participating in the Senior Bowl, routinely dazzling with his natural elusiveness and acceleration," Rang wrote. The Nebraska prospect possesses the kind of athleticism and speed that teams will fall in love with, at the next level. When given a crease during one play at Wednesday's practice, Rang notes that Abdullah "zipped through the line of scrimmage, leaving the North's slow-footed linebackers in his wake." Many consider Abdullah a top five, or even a top three, prospect at his position.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 22 - 3:24 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah has "impressive burst in person" at the Senior Bowl.

"Ameer Abdullah/RB/Nebraska is fast even going half speed. Impressive burst in person," Pauline tweeted. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Abdullah is quite the athlete, and has the kind of speed that teams will fall in love with, at the next level. Abdullah will have to sell teams on his blocking ability to improve his stock this week.
Jan 20 - 2:08 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah's blocking will be scrutinized at the Senior Bowl, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"As Nebraska's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage, there is more than enough game film out there for scouts to evaluate Abdullah," Brugler wrote. "However, his performance in pass protection drills in Mobile will be a crucial part of his final draft grade. NFL teams know what Abdullah offers as an athlete, but his ability as a blocker will shape his role at the next level." A crucial week indeed for the 5-foot-9, 200-pound Abdullah, who finds himself in a stacked RB class which boasts, amongst others, Georgia's Todd Gurley, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, South Carolina's Mike Davis, Alabama's T.J. Yeldon, Indiana's Tevin Coleman, Miami's Duke Johnson, Boise State's Jay Ajayi and Florida's Matt Jones.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 10:17 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah was mostly bottled up in Saturday's Holiday Bowl loss to USC, running for just 89 rushing yards on 27 carries.

He also scored a touchdown. The Trojans' coaching staff deserves a ton of credit for this wild, three-point win. On defense, the school keyed in on Abdullah and held the star RB to only 3.3 yards per rush. On offense, they charted out a quick-hit passing attack that neutralized star Husker DE Randy Gregory. We like the 5-foot-9, 200-pound Abdullah, but don't like his odds of getting taken in Round 2, or perhaps even Round 3. This stacked running back class includes Georgia's Todd Gurley, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, South Carolina's Mike Davis, Alabama's T.J. Yeldon, Indiana's Tevin Coleman, Miami's Duke Johnson, Boise State's Jay Ajayi and Florida's Matt Jones.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:54:00 PM

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah will attend the Senior Bowl.

Many consider Abdullah a top five, or even a top three, prospect at his position. He has showcased skills as a pass catcher and also running between the tackles. Some criticisms include seeing monstrous running lanes in a number of games. It is difficult for running backs to shine at this event, but their pass protection is tested.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 12:04:00 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah drew comparisons to Giovani Bernard and LeSean McCoy from NFL scouts speaking with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Though Abdullah is a nice prospect, he faces long odds of reaching the second round merely because of the quality backs also expected to be available in the spring draft. That list includes, amongst others, Georgia's Todd Gurley, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Alabama's T.J. Yeldon, Indiana's Tevin Coleman, Miami's Duke Johnson, Boise State's Jay Ajayi and Florida's Matt Jones. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Abdullah is looking like a third- or fourth-round draft choice.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 12:09:00 AM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 106 yards on 13 carries in Friday's 37-34 overtime victory over Iowa.

He also had a pair of receptions for 13 yards and a touchdown. A semifinalist for the Doak Walker award for the second straight year, Abdullah has rushed for 1,523 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder is projected as a third or fourth round draft choice.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 02:41:00 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in the school's 28-24 loss to Minnesota.

After rushing for 225 yards on Oct. 25, Abdullah has put together rushing performances of 1, 69 and 98 yards in his last three games. Abdullah made the most of open lanes and spaces this season, but maybe those are closing in recent weeks.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 04:38:00 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah has been named a Doak Walker semifinalist.

For the second straight year, the 5-foot-9, 200-pound Abdullah has been named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker award. The Nebraska prospect currently ranks among the top 10 nationally in all-purpose yards per game, rushing touchdowns (fourth), scoring (seventh) and rushing yards per game (ninth). Abdullah has also set the Nebraska school record for career all-purpose yards with 6,700 yards, while ranking second in Big Ten history in career all-purpose yardage. This season Abdullah has rushed for 1,319 rushing yards and is projected as a third or fourth round draft choice.
Source: Omaha.com
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 03:58:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observed that Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah did not show quality ball security or blocking in Saturday's loss to Wisconsin.

Abdullah was relatively limited in gaining 69 yards, but what concerned draft analyst Brugler was his lackluster ball security and blocking. Abdullah fumbled once in the contest, but was involved with two others (one was overturned on replay, the other was on a hand-off and credited as a Tommy Armstrong fumble). As for pass protection, Brugler believes Abdullah was exposed for his "lack of length, size and strength...when attempting to sustain or do much to stop blitzers. Abdullah had a tough time recognizing where pressure was coming from and was uprooted at the point of attack when he squared up with the rusher." The CBS Sports evaluator said that despite these concerns, Abdullah still carries a "second day grade."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 06:01:00 PM

NFL.com media analyst Bucky Brooks noted that Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah has not performed well in big games.

In October against Michigan State, Abdullah ran for just 45 yards. And on Saturday, he rushed for just 69 yards against Wisconsin. "Scouts pay close attention to how well a blue-chip prospect performs in a primetime game because the experience mirrors the pressure and intensity of an NFL game," wrote Brooks, who also noted that "given the depth of the 2014 running back class, Abdullah's underwhelming play in big games could torpedo his stock in pre-draft meetings." Abdullah deserves a somewhat mulligan for the Wisconsin game if only because it was his first game back after injury, but Brooks' base concern is worth keeping an eye on.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 09:10:00 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 69 yards in Saturday's 59-24 loss to Wisconsin.

At one point in the second quarter, Abdullah tapped his helmet and asked out of the game. At the time, his team was leading 17-3. From that point on, Wisconsin outscored the Cornhuskers 56-7. While Abdullah did return and was able to rack up a quiet 69 yards for the game, Nebraska was in catch-up mode and the senior wasn't able to ever really get on a roll. He had just 18 carries and didn't break anything longer than 13 yards. We'll see how the legs feel following his first game action in several weeks.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 07:24:00 PM

Nebraska OC Tim Beck said that senior RB Ameer Abdullah's MCL sprain "didn't limit [the RB] in any way" during practice.

At least we think he was referring to the MCL sprain when he said "it" didn't limit him. He could have also been referring to the knee brace Abdullah wore. The pitfalls of pronouns. Either way, the coordinator said that the senior, who suffered a sprained MCL against Purdue, was "moving around, going through with all of our stuff" and looked good. Abdullah is expected to play against Wisconsin this weekend.
Source: Omaha.com
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 08:33:00 PM