July 22, 2014

Abdullah on Doak Walker list

Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah has been named as one of the preseason candidates for the 2014 Doak Walker Award Thursday morning. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back.

The 5-9, 195-pound Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards in 2013, the most of any player returning for 2014. Abdullah owns 2,977 career rushing yards to rank third among active returning players in career rushing yards, and he leads all active players with 4,914 career all-purpose yards.

In addition to earning first-team All-Big Ten honors last season, Abdullah was one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award. He is one of three 2013 Doak Walker semifinalists who are among the 2014 preseason candidates, joining South Carolina’s Mike Davis and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin. Abdullah is one of eight Big Ten running backs on the watch list.

The semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award will be named on Nov. 18, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will narrow the list to three finalists by Nov. 24. The recipient of the 2014 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on Thursday, Dec. 11, on the ESPN College Football Awards show.

First eight Husker football games have times set

The 125th season of Nebraska football will kick off on Saturday, Aug. 30, when the Huskers play host to Florida Atlantic at Memorial Stadium. Game time has been set for 2:30 p.m. CDT with television coverage provided by BTN.  The Huskers stay at home in week two and will take on McNeese State in a game scheduled for an 11 a.m. CDT kickoff. The contest will be televised on ESPNU.

Updated Nebraska football schedule

NU receiver pleads guilty to marijuana charge

Nebraska wide receiver Jariah Tolbert entered a plea of guilty for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana on Tuesday, from a June 12th incident on tennis courts on the Nebraska-Lincoln campus. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound freshman from Louisiana pleaded not guilty, on the charge of obstructing an officer. Tolbert will pay a $300 fine on the marijuana charge and a hearing is set for July 28 on the second charge. According to a UNL police report, Tolbert was smoking marijuana when two officers approached. There allegedly was a chase a brief struggle.

Tolbert is one of three players from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans to join the Huskers in the 2014 signing class. Tolbert is joined by Glenn Irons and Jaevon Walton.

Tolbert earned honorable-mention LSWA Class 4A all-state honors on a 13-3 team his senior year.  Tolbert caught 56 passes for 875 yards and 12 touchdowns to help lead a powerful offensive attack. In 2012, Tolbert was one of the top targest in the passing game, and his play helped Edna Karr to a perfect 14-0 season and the Class 4A state title.

Nebraska fan day set for August 1st

The 2014 Husker football team will hold their annual Nebraska Football Fan Day on Friday, Aug. 1. The event at Memorial Stadium will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium. All Husker players that will be part of preseason camp will be in attendance and available to fans.

Autograph cards and other items will be available for fans at the gates. Fans are reminded to limit their autograph requests to one item per player or coach.  More information on Fan Day, including parking and gate information will be available at a later date.

Nebraska will open the 125th season of Cornhusker Football against Florida Atlantic at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Bell named to Biletnikoff watch list

Nebraska senior receiver Kenny Bell was named to the watch list for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award. The award recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. The 6-1, 185-pound Bell ranks fifth on Nebraska’s career receptions list with 134 catches, leaving him 32 catches behind the NU record of 166 receptions by Nate Swift. Bell is third in school history with 1,901 career receiving yards, leaving him 578 yards from Johnny Rodgers’ school record in that category.

Bell has 15 career touchdown receptions heading into 2014, including four touchdown catches in 2013. He has shown a knack for the big play throughout his career with each of his last 13 touchdown catches covering at least 20 yards.

Bell has led Nebraska in receptions each of his first three seasons, the first player to accomplish that at Nebraska since Matt Davison from 1998 to 2000. This fall, Bell could be the first player to lead the Huskers in catches for four straight years. Bell finished his junior season with a team-high 52 receptions for 577 yards and earned honorable-mention all-conference honors.

Ten semifinalists for the award will be chosen on Nov. 17, with three finalists announced on Nov. 24. The winner will be announced on Dec. 11.