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Nebraska redshirt senior S Corey Cooper accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Cooper has the size to provide solid run support from the safety position, but also holds up well enough in pass coverage. CBS Sports ranks Cooper as the No. 282 overall prospect, and believes he's firmly on the Rd7-UDFA bubble. "Has room to sprinkle in more anticipation to gain an extra step towards the ball," the site's Dane Brugler writes, though the analyst likes Cooper's "solid triangle numbers (size/strength/speed)."
Nov 26 - 9:53 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Nebraska junior edge rusher Randy Gregory's "ability in run support" is something that concerns him.

"And though a terrific pass rusher, Gregory’s ability in run support is something that concerns me. On several occasions during the loss to Minnesota this weekend he was handled by Gopher tight ends as ball carriers ran past him for big gainers," The 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher has been one of the best in the country and has been talked up as a Top-10 pick in April. Pauline has been reporting that there are a "number of league sources who feel Randy Gregory of Nebraska is a worthy candidate for the first pick of the draft."
Nov 24 - 2:59 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.
Nov 22 - 4:38 PM

Three NFL teams will scout Saturday's Minnesota-Nebraska game, and NFL.com's Bucky Brooks says they'll be scrutinizing Nebraska junior edge rusher Randy Gregory.

The St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos will be represented at the game. "Scouts are going to be watching to see how Randy Gregory defends the run here," Brooks said. "Everybody knows he's a great pass rusher, but they want to see more run downs from him." The evaluators also figure to be watching Minnesota's RB David Cobb, LB Damien Wilson, DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, and Nebraska's RB Ameer Abdullah and WR Kenny Bell.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 21 - 4:37 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Nebraska junior edge rusher Randy Gregory "is the talk of the scouting community," and his him going with the Raiders at No.1 in his latest mock draft.

"I’d love to put a good, young offensive tackle prospect at this spot or a dominant receiver yet none compare to Gregory, who’s the talk of the scouting community," Pauline writes. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher is one of the best in the country and should be a Top-10 pick in April.
Nov 21 - 2:09 PM

An NFC North scout told NFL.com that he thinks that Nebraska junior edge rusher Randy Gregory is "the best [pass rusher] this year."

"[Gregory's] ability to rush from a three-point stance" and as an OLB is "impressive' in the scout's eyes. The scout also liked that Gregory had "plenty of quick-twitch and explosiveness." NFL.com's draft analyst team of Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Lance Zierlein agreed, noting that the 6-foot-6, 255-pounder is "long and narrow, but very physical and a beast off the edge."
Source: NFL.com
Nov 19 - 9:12 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Nebraska junior edge rusher Randy Gregory did not disappoint against Wisconsin on Saturday.

The big headline to come out of that game was Melvin Gordon's 408-yard rushing effort, but Rang thought Gregory held his own, going so far as to say that the junior was "impressive." Rang noted that Gregory is effective in either a two or three-point stance, calling him "a natural pass rusher with an explosive get-off, flexibility, long arms and active hands." We still don't actually know if Gregory will declare for the draft. Head coach Bo Pelini has indicated that he thought his entire defensive line would be returning, but as Rang points out, Gregory aggravated an old knee injury early in the season and might not want to take the monetary risk of staying in school for an extra season.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 19 - 5:22 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
Nov 19 - 3:58 PM

Nebraska HC Bo Pelini said that his program "is on a good track" despite recent struggles.

The Cornhuskers were methodically dismantled by Melvin Gordon on Saturday, and November tends to be a time when people start questioning Bo Pelini's future. So we, like Nebraska, are on a good track here. The coach said, "A lot of football programs across the country would die to have won the amount of football games that we've won." He did admit that his players felt embarrassed after the loss and that portions of the game "felt like deja vu," referencing past failures in big games. Pelini said he believed that his program was received better nationally than it was locally.
Source: Omaha.com
Nov 18 - 9:04 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
Nov 18 - 6:01 PM

According to NFL.com's Mike Huguenin, Nebraska HC Bo Polini said that redshirt junior edge rusher Randy Gregory's leg injury on Saturday was not serious.

Gregory suffered the injury in the third quarter on one of Melvin Gordon's many, many long runs. There's not much floating out there on the injury other than the NFL.com report, so we assume he's fine. Gregory and Nebraska looked downright pitiful attempting to stop Wisconsin's running backs. Maybe all that was really injured was his pride. Unless further word comes out, we expect Gregory to play on Saturday against Minnesota. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher is one of the best in the country and could be a Top-10 pick in April.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 17 - 11:45 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
Nov 17 - 9:10 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.
Nov 15 - 7:24 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that scouts were interested to see how Nebraska redshirt junior edge rusher Randy Gregory plays against the run in Saturday's tilt with Wisconsin.

Gregory is a natural pass-rusher and has repeatedly proven his ability to terrorize the quarterback. Brooks wondered, "How does he play against the run? Wisconsin will test him with a pro-style, zone blocking system. How will he fare when the run right at him?" The 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher won't have a more difficult test in the run-game this season than Melvin Gordon III, who has recently drawn comparisons to LeSean McCoy and Andre Ellington, and has rushed for 1,501 yards and scored 19 touchdowns.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 14 - 6:10 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
Nov 12 - 8:33 PM


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