Ameer Abdullah is no stranger to stepping into the spotlight. Nebraska‘s sophomore running back was forced to take over the starting running back role in 2012 after multiple injuries to the former-starter, Rex Burkhead.
Now that Burkhead has played out his eligibility at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers are looking toward the future with their rushing attack and for the first time in four years, they will do it without their leader.
Abdullah finished the 2012 season with second-team all-Big Ten honors and led the Cornhuskers, along with quarterback Taylor Martinez, to a Legends Division title and a trip to the second annual Big Ten title game. He can be a game-changer and may go down as one of the best running backs to ever put on a Nebraska uniform.
Sure, the Cornhuskers have seen the likes of Mike Rozier, Ahman Green, Burkhead and Roy Helu Jr. line up behind the quarterback and dominate defenses, but Abdullah has shown the same flashes of greatness that those top rushers exhibited in their time in Lincoln.
The soon-to-be junior running back had 1,137 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012 and with an improved offensive line, he could eclipse the 1,500 yard mark in 2013 and make a case for the conference’s top running back.
It may be too early to tell, but this much is for certain–Abdullah is a talented back with great field vision and a knack for making big plays. Once it’s all said and done, the Cornhuskers will be honored to say they had Abdullah as one of their own for four years.