The Nebraska Cornhuskers haven't even played three full seasons in the Big Ten Conference, but already they seem to understand the rivalry-ridden nature of the league.
While looking forward to this weekend's contest with Michigan, Nebraska's star running back, Ameer Abdullah, had a few bold distinctions for the "nasty" and "ruthless" Wolverine fanbase, per Sam McKewon the Omaha World-Herald.
“Two years ago they killed us up there,” Abdullah said Monday. “I was kind of shell shocked. I didn’t play much, but, just being there, Michigan fans are nasty, man. They’re ruthless."
The junior back pointed back to a rough contest for the Huskers during their trip to Ann Arbor in 2011, when he was just a freshman. He continued on, saying he is looking to silence the crowd at The Big House.
"I wouldn’t have it any other way…honestly, I’m not a big fan of Michigan," Abdullah said. "Obviously, we’ve had some rough games against so far since I’ve been here and nothing would make me happier than go up there and shut them up.”
The Homewood, Alabama, native had just two carries for 19 yards and a score as a freshman when his Huskers were crushed by Michigan, 45-17, in Ann Arbor.
The following year, in Lincoln, the Huskers notched some payback. They stomped UM 23-9, as Abdullah led the way with 101 rushing yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
That was just the fourth time Abdullah broke 100 yards in his career. Since then, he has hit triple digits on the ground nine times.
Abdullah has shown that he has what it takes to back up any talk about any fan base. He has been one of college football's best running backs this season, tallying 98 or more yards in every game.
The 5'9", 190-pound junior leads the Big Ten in rushing and also told reporters at Monday's press conference that he will return for his senior season in Lincoln, per McKewon.
Nebraska and Michigan will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Don't expect the Wolverine fans to take it easy on Abdullah and the Huskers, as both squads will be in desperate need of a victory this weekend.