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.
Senior offensive guard Jake Cotton, a Lincoln Southeast graduate and second-generation Husker, was presented the Cletus Fischer Native Son Award, given annually to a senior who is a Nebraska native. The award is named in honor of long-time Nebraska offensive line coach Cletus Fischer.
The Chamberlin, Native Son and Novak awards will also be honored at the Outland Trophy Award ceremony in Omaha on Jan. 15.
Junior defensive end Jack Gangwish received the prestigious Lifter of the Year Award, while redshirt freshman Josh Faulkenberry was awarded the Huskers’ 2014 Walk-on MVP Award. The Scout Team Offensive MVP Award was shared by guard Jerald Foster and running back Mikale Wilbon, while the Scout Team Defensive MVP was shared by Erik Evans and Zach Stovall.
Senior center Mike Moudy was the recipient of the Character Award, Kenny Bell was the winner of the Perimeter Award and center Mark Pelini received the Husker Heart Award.