Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah was named to the 2013 Doak Walker Award watch list. The award is annually presented to the nation’s top running back and is named for Walker, a three-time All-American running back at SMU.
Abdullah is the Huskers’ top returning rusher, as he earned second-team All-Big Ten honors by the Big Ten coaches in 2012, despite splitting time with NFL draft pick Rex Burkhead. Abdullah rushed for 1,137 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore, despite making only seven starts. He totaled six 100-yard games, including four straight in Big Ten action (Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State) and became the first I-back at Nebraska since 1994 to record 100-yard efforts in his first five career starts.
Overall, his 81.2 rushing yards per game ranked ninth in the Big Ten, while his 134.6 all-purpose yards per contest were good for fourth in the conference, as he played a major role in NU leading the Big Ten and ranking eighth nationally in rushing in 2012. In addition to his rushing, Abdullah was one of the Big Ten’s top all-purpose threats, as he also caught 24 passes and served on Nebraska’s punt and kickoff return units.