Ameer Abdullah Emerging as Elite Big Ten Running Back for Nebraska Cornhuskers
The Nebraska Cornhuskers remain in the mix for the Big Ten title this season despite their senior leader, quarterback Taylor Martinez, missing the last three games with a turf toe injury. Bo Pelini has kept his team on the winning track by turning to his running game which ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten, to lead the way. It’s resulted in three straight wins thanks to the breakout season of Ameer Abdullah at running back.
Abdullah emerged as a solid option carrying the ball during his sophomore season in 2012 when he ran for 1,137 yards and eight touchdowns as he supplanted Rex Burkhead as the primary back in the running game. This year, he’s picked up right where he left off, rushing for 816 yards through six games this season, averaging an impressive 7.16 yards per carry and 136.0 yards per game (No. 2 in the Big Ten) and has scored six touchdowns. He’s been the work-horse for a Husker running game that has had to pick up the slack in Martinez’s absence.
Even when Martinez returns to the starting lineup, Abdullah and the running game will continue to be the driving force of this offensive attack. The junior running back has been too good and too strong for Pelini to take the ball out of his hands now as Nebraska attempts to make a run at the Big Ten title game. Abdullah has the game-breaking ability to control the pace of games. which will be so important in showdowns against the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions down the stretch.
The Huskers are desperate for a championship in Lincoln once again. With one of the best backs in the conference carrying the load, can Nebraska get it done in 2013?