There’s been a lot of superlatives thrown Abdullah’s way, for his play on the field and his amazing off-the-field representation of Nebraska. He could end his career being the first player to get 1,000 rushing yards in three seasons, and he needs 1,804 rushing yards—a huge, but not inconceivable number—to become NU’s all-time leading rusher.
That’s pretty good.
But the reason I think Abdullah is Nebraska’s best player on the 2014 roster has to do with more than that. It’s summarized by the video (check the 2:47 mark), which is of Abdullah’s first-down run against Northwestern to keep the drive alive and make the Ron Kellogg-to-Jordan Westerkamp Hail Mary possible. Just watch it again, and marvel at how he made three defenders miss and got the yardage needed to keep the drive alive basically on his own.
That’s what Abdullah brings, and it's what makes him Nebraska’s best football player on this year’s roster.
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