Nebraska‘s sophomore running back Ameer Abdullah is looking to avoid the career path that former teammate and fellow running back Rex Burkhead took. Burkhead was the starting running back at the beginning of the 2012 season until he suffered a series of knee injuries that caused him to miss half of the season.
It’s not often you see a star player get hurt and the backup come in and does a better job than anyone imagines– maybe even better than the starter would have done.
Burkhead was supposed to be the guy in his senior season, but was limited to just a third of the rushing attempts he had in 2011 and half of the yards. He had 98 rushes for 675 yards total in 2012.
However, Abdullah stepped up and took the pressure off of quarterback Taylor Martinez, rushing the ball 226 times for 1,137 yards and eight touchdowns. It could be inferred that the reason Martinez had such a successful season is because the running game was extremely successful.
Now on to the bad news. Abdullah will reportedly miss several weeks or more according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. The sophomore running back injured his knee in Saturday’s intersquad scrimmage.
This is nothing but a coincidence because of his former teammate’s knee problems, but it is certainly an inconvenience for the Cornhuskers and head coach Bo Pelini. Looking for another running back to fill his spot for the time being won’t be too big of an issue, however, it’s always good to have a running back gel with his offensive line during spring practice.
Pelini said the injury wasn’t too serious and could return before the end of spring workouts.