Senior I-back Ameer Abdullah led the way in team awards announced on Thursday. Abdullah was named the overall Team Most Valuable Player for the second straight year, and also earned Offensive MVP honors.
Abdullah was also selected as the winner of the Guy Chamberlin Trophy. The award dates back to 1967 and is voted on by members of the media, and honors a senior player who has the qualities and dedication of the great Cornhusker tradition.
One of five team captains, Abdullah became Nebraska’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards this season and ranks No. 2 on the career rushing list.
A pair of Husker sophomores shared Defensive MVP honors for the 2014 season. Defensive tackle Maliek Collins recorded 12 tackles for loss on the year, along with 3.5 sacks. Safety Nate Gerry was the second-leading tackler for the Huskers and also ranked among the Big Ten leaders with five interceptions, all in league play.
Freshman standout De’Mornay Pierson-El earned the Huskers’ Special Teams MVP award. Pierson-El was an electrifying punt returner, scoring three touchdowns on returns while averaging 17.8 yards per return to rank third in the nation.
Senior linebacker Trevor Roach was honored as the winner of a pair of awards. Roach received the Tom Novak Trophy. The oldest of Nebraska’s senior awards, the Novak Trophy dates back to 1950. Roach also was named the winner of the Pat Clare Award. [Read more…]