September 2, 2014

Abdullah named Big Ten offensive player of the week

I-back Ameer Abdullah was honored by the Big Ten Conference Monday, as he was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.

Abdullah earned the award after rushing for a career-high 232 yards on 21 carries in a 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday. His rushing total was the 15th-most in Nebraska school history, while he broke the 100-yard rushing barrier for the 18th time in his career. Abdullah also became the sixth Husker to rush for 3,000 career yards while climbing to sixth on NU’s career rushing chart. His efforts helped Nebraska establish a Big Ten record with 784 yards of total offense.

It is the second time Abdullah has been named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, and the fifth time in his career he has earned a Big Ten weekly award.

High school football scores from 8/29/14

Friday (08/29/2014)

Amherst 58, Shelton 12
Aquinas Catholic 7, Hartington Cedar Catholic 0
Arapahoe 40, Alma 29
Ashland-Greenwood 46, Wahoo 10
BDS 66, Harvard 0
Bancroft-Rosalie 62, Winside 14
Battle Creek 35, Stanton 7
Bayard 38, Mitchell 19
Bellevue East 40, Lincoln East 34
Bellevue West 41, Omaha Westside 0
Bennington 20, Platteview 2
Bertrand 44, Pleasanton 20
Bishop Neumann 30, Syracuse 29
Boone Central/Newman Grove 31, Columbus Scotus 14
Boys Town 25, Lincoln Christian 14
Brady 77, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 30
Broken Bow 20, Grand Island Central Catholic 8
Centennial 12, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 7
Central City 48, Madison 7
Chase County 40, Minden 7
Cozad 25, Ogallala 13
Creighton 72, Niobrara/Verdigre 8
Creighton Preparatory School 42, Papillion-LaVista 8
Crete 36, Aurora 29 (OT)
Crofton 35, Homer 26
Cross County 34, McCool Junction 22
David City 33, Douglas County West 0
Diller-Odell 77, Lewiston 0
Edgemont, SD 26, Crawford 20
Elkhorn 24, Blair 14
Elkhorn South 42, Omaha Gross Catholic 0
Emerson-Hubbard 29, Palmer 6
Exeter-Milligan 52, Kenesaw 26
Fairbury 50, Superior 8
Falls City 42, Lincoln Lutheran 0
Fort Calhoun 19, West Point-Beemer 0
Freeman 29, Fillmore Central 18
Fremont 23, Omaha Northwest 18
Gibbon 31, St. Paul 6
Grand Island 35, Kearney 28
Gretna 26, Lincoln Pius X 19
Hastings 34, Gering 0
Hastings St. Cecilia 37, Ravenna 13
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Pelini has the Huskers prepared for anything, but ready to adjust (AUDIO)

This was supposed to be a matchup of brother vs. brother, but Carl Pelini, the one time defensive coordinator for the Huskers was dumped by Florida Atlantic. Carl, back in an interview in April, said his firing ultimately had more to do with an athletic director who didn’t hire him more so than his alleged drug use, which he denied.

So now, one of the challenges for Bo is dealing with new coach Charlie Partridge. The Huskers need to prepare for a lot and be able to make adjustments on the fly. Pelini says keeping things simple is the key. He says an easy trap to fall into is over preparing and then running into a situation where you have Huskers chasing Owls all over the field. Pelini said you trust the players and their training.

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One Owl is coming home to honor his grandfather when he takes on the Huskers (AUDIO)

When the Huskers take on Florida Atlantic this Saturday at 2:30 it will be a homecoming for one of the Owls on their defensive line. Junior defensive tackle Brandin Bryant was a star player at Omaha-Bryan and he says he’s looking forward to coming back to Nebraska to play in front of his mom and dad and friends who never get to see him play.

Brandin’s grandfather, Charles, played for the Huskers back in the 50’s and was the first African-American player in modern Huskers history when he made the roster in 1952. In 1955, Charles encountered segregation when Nebraska played in the Orange Bowl down in Miami against Duke. Charles didn’t get to stay at the same hotel as the rest of the team. He had to stay at someone’s house. His grandson, who now plays for a school that is located just 45 miles north of Miami appreciates what his grandfather was able to accomplish. Charles Bryant was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1987. He died in 2004. He was 71.

Brandin said he’s looking forward to stepping on the field at Memorial Stadium and honoring his grandfather. He plays the same position as Charles, but he’s a little bigger. When Charles walked-on at NU he was 5’11 and weighed less than 200 pounds. Grandson Brandin is 6’3 and 290.

Pelini names five captains and a former Husker will play close to home (AUDIO)

The Huskers named their team captains…three offensive players in I-back Ameer Abdullah, receiver Kenny Bell and offensive guard Jake Cotton. On the defensive side, cornerback Josh Mitchell and safety Corey Cooper. The players come from five different states including Nebraska (Cotton), Alabama (Abdullah), Colorado (Bell), Illinois (Cooper) and California (Mitchell). This marks the second consecutive season Nebraska has elected season-long captains after choosing game captains during Bo Pelini’s first five seasons as head coach.

Abdullah is just the eighth player in school history to be a captain for two seasons, including five under Pelini.

Others on the list include Taylor Martinez, Rex Burkhead, Brett Maher and Alex Henery in recent years. Prior to Henery in 2009 and 2010, the most recent two-time captain was Ed Weir in 1924-25, while the first two-time captains were James H. Johnson in 1891-92 and John Westover in 1901-02.

When former Husker defensive tackle Aaron Curry left the Nebraska program a week ago, many speculated that he was going to Oklahoma where his dad played basketball. The junior announced he’s headed to Texas Christian. Curry told ESPN.com that he always wanted to play in the Big 12 and calls it a great fit. He’s from Keller, TX, it’s only a 20 minute drive from his boyhood home to the TCU campus. Curry started eight games for the Huskers last season.