Now coming into his senior year at the University of Cincinnati, Abernathy is changing from being predominantly a running back to now being a slot receiver for the Cincinnati offense. While this is a new position for him, he is more than ready for the challenge that awaits him. Abernathy racked up 177 yards receiving last season along with his 518 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Needless to say, he may be used as a hybrid in some formations.
Insider caught up with Abernathy to talk about playing in his new position with the offense and the learning curve that comes along with it.
"To be honest," he said, "It feels a little strange playing slot receiver but at the same time I am excited about it and I look forward to the challenge. The cadences that I'm used to hearing are going to be different, but anyway that I can help the team move the ball and score and win, I can and will do whatever it takes."
Over the offseason, it looked as if Abernathy bulked up and put on a few pounds of muscle and he talked about it.
"Yeah, I just wanted to put on a couple of pounds of muscle to prepare myself for the position. Plus, I have absolutely no problem with contact at all. So I have no fear of going across the middle of the field and bracing for contact. I'm definitely ready for the opportunity at hand."
Over his three years at Cincinnati, he has amassed over 2,000 kick return yards and one return for a touchdown. When asked if he would still be a part of the special teams with kick returning, he simply replied "Without a doubt".