Ameer Abdullah was born in Homewood, Alabama on June 13, 1993. A running back for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, he was named first team All-Big Ten by both coaches and the media at the end of the 2013 college football season.
During his youth, Abdullah began playing football for Homewood High School. Throughout his senior year in 2010, he rushed for a total of 1,800 yards and was named as the South Football Player of the Year. He scored the winning touchdown at the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic and was offered scholarships from a number of different schools, including Auburn and Alabama. However, those schools wished for Abdullah to play as a cornerback, while he wanted to continue as a running back. As a result, he committed to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Abdullah was able to secure playing time as a true freshman in 2011 and contributed 150 rushing yards and three touchdowns. His best performance of the season came against Fresno State, when he was able to record 228 return yards. In 2012, Abdullah saw an increase in appearances and was able to eclipse the 1,000 rushing yards mark, managing 1,137 yards in total.
Then, in 2013, Abdullah enjoyed an excellent junior season, in which he registered 1,690 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, including a career-best 225 yards against Illinois. He rushed for more than 100 yards in 11 of his 13 games during the season and his average of more than 130 rushing yards per game saw him rank seventh in the nation. Moreover, his 154.9 all-purpose yards per game average saw him rank second in the Big Ten Conference. At the end of the year, he was named first team All-Big Ten and was a semi finalist for the Doak Walker Award.
After a successful appearance at the 2014 Gator Bowl, Abdullah gave consideration to skipping his last season of college eligibility and entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Ultimately, however, he decided to return to Nebraska for his senior year, stating a desire to complete his college education. Prior to the beginning of the 2014 season, he was tipped as a strong candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
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