Will he stay or will he go?

As Nebraska fans wait for Ameer Abdullah's decision, the field of eligible running backs for the 2014 NFL draft gets bigger.

LINCOLN, Neb. - As Husker nation waits for Nebraska junior running back Ameer Abdullah's decision to return or go pro, underclassmen at his position across the country have been declaring for the draft the past few days.

The latest is Missouri's Henry Josey, who rushed for 1,166 yards on 174 attempts in 2013. He missed all of 2012 with a severe knee injury. Josey tore his ACL, MCL, and had to get work done on his patellar tendon and meniscus after hurting his knee late in the 2011 season.

Earlier on Tuesday, UCF's Storm Johnson declared his intentions to go pro. Johnson rushed for over 1,100 yards on 213 attempts. During his biggest stage the Fiesta Bowl, the junior rushed 20 times for 124 yards and three scores.

These two join a long list of guys who have already declared including: Washington's Bishop Sankey (1,870 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2013), Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas, Baylor's Lache Seastrunk, and UAB's Darrin Reaves.

As the field gets bigger, Abdullah might consider sticking around the better option.

The draft already featured seniors: Andre Williams (2,177 yards in 2013), Tyler Gaffney (1,709 yards in 2013), and Antonio Andrews (1,730 yards in 2013), who all had more rushing yards than Abdullah this season.

Abdullah, who rushed for 1,690 yards this season, ended up finishing fourth on the single-season rushing list at Nebraska after a 122 yard performance against Georgia. Abdullah finishes the season with 11 games rushing for over 100 yards. It ties Mike Rozier, Lawrence Phillips, and Ahman Green for a school record.

‘Right now we are enjoying the win," Abdullah told reporters minutes after the Gator Bowl regarding his timetable for a decision. "I'm just going to go home, watch the national championship, and enjoy time with my family. I haven't seen them in a while."

Abdullah has until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft.


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