Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah might not be 100 percent the rest of the year according to Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini , but Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill knows Abdullah can still be a dangerous runner .
“He can get in the crease, he's a patient runner, and once he breaks out of there, you know, you kinda hold your breath a little bit,” said Kill. “Like I said, we got great running backs in our conference, and these last-- the last three games, you know, that we're playing right now, Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin, they all have high-level people that can make you miss and get it over with, so you gotta play lights out, great disciplined defense.”
At 7-3 on the year, 4-2 in the conference, Minnesota controls their own destiny over the next two games. Wins over Nebraska and Wisconsin will push the Gophers into Indy for the Big Ten Championship.
At his weekly press conference, Kill reflected on the Gophers last trip to Lincoln - a 38-14 loss.
“Before the game, I don't know how many thousand but their stands are three-quarters full when you jog out on the field for warm-up,” said Kill. “When they marched out, they'll have Senior Day this game, too, they marched out their seniors and they just kept comin', because they got such a strong walk-on program, I don't know how many, but they kept comin' out of the locker room and you kept going (laughter).
“There is a lot of tradition when you go into that stadium, like when you go to Ann Arbor and you play there and you walk in Lincoln, those are places that, you know, they're historical and unique and not easy place to play, but nobody in the Big Ten is, but we got to win on the road, that's our job to do and we got at that make sure we prepare our kids to do that.”
After getting embarrassed last week to the hands of Wisconsin and losing to Minnesota last year in Minneapolis, Kill knows the Huskers will be ready for some revenge in Lincoln on Saturday.
“You don't want to face Bo after that (Wisconsin), I can tell you that,” said Kill. “I know what kind of competitor he is and how intense he is so when you play Nebraska you want them it to come off a win, not a loss and their program-- I mean, I just know Bo. I know him, I have a great deal of respect for him, and I think their program goes through a game like that. We certainly did earlier in the year when things just don't go right and they snowball.”