LINCOLN, Neb. - After rushing for 229 yards on 35 carries and three scores on Saturday against Miami, Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah has been named B1G co-Offensive Player of the Week by the conference on Monday. Abdullah totaled 313 all-purpose yards – an NCAA single-game high in 2014.
It was the second time this season Abdullah has won the award, sharing it this week with Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, who totaled five touchdowns over the weekend.
"He [Abdullah] was possessed the other night," said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini on Monday. "I don't know if the first guy brought him down all night?
"Anybody out there who says he isn't big enough or doesn't run big, they need to take a good hard look at the film, because he ran pretty big the other night."
Pelini was asked if Abdullah, who is second in the country in rushing yards, should be on early Heisman watch lists.
"Anybody who pays attention I'm sure has him in the top five," said Pelini. "You have to not be paying attention or watching to not see the type of year he's having so far. That's my opinion. I'm a little bias."
On the season, Abdullah has 625 rushing yards this season and has found the end zone five times. He's also caught five passes for 105 yards, with two of those catches for a score.
Listen to Ameer Abdullah speak to reporters about the Huskers upcoming matchup with Illinois: