The Nebraska Cornhuskers had the best rushing attack in the Big Ten last year and ranked eighth in the nation, averaging 253.4 yards per game. Running back Ameer Abdullah played a big part in that, leading the team with 1,137 rushing yards. He will need to do the same in order for the Cornhuskers to have a successful 2013 season.
The Nebraska offense is led by dual-threat quarterback Taylor Martinez, who led the team last year with 33 touchdowns, including 10 rushing. He proved last year to be major threat, throwing for over 2,000 yards while rushing for over 1,000 yards. However, when defenses key on Martinez, someone else needs to step up for the Cornhuskers.
The junior running back will look to put up even bigger numbers this season as he is firmly entrenched as the starter with the departure of Rex Burkhead. Abdullah has already proven to be an effective runner, finishing last year with a healthy average of nearly seven yards per carry and eight touchdowns.
Now that Abdullah will be the main back for the ‘Huskers, he will need to continue to produce. The running game is important in college football as it can control the pace of a game and keep a defense honest. Abdullah is a talented back with the potential to get even better.
While Martinez is the leader, it’s Abdullah who will play a major role in determining Nebraska’s success this season. Sure, having a quarterback who can run and throw is a great asset, but other players must step up as well. Abdullah will be instrumental in leading the Cornhuskers’ rushing attack and ensuring a successful 2013 season.