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Prospect Profiles: RB Ameer Abdullah


Summary: Abdullah presented multiple challenges for defenses, notching at least 226 carries and 22 or more receptions in his final three seasons and becoming the first player in Nebraska's storied history with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He made an immediate impact in Lincoln as a freshman by averaging a whopping 29.3 yards on kickoff returns (763 yards on 26 runbacks). Abdullah closed out his career by ranking 14th nationally in rushing yards per game (123.9), ninth in scoring (10.2 points per game) and fourth in all-purpose yards per game (174.8).

Senior Bowl: Abdullah followed a solid week of practice by starting for the North team in this year's Senior Bowl. He gained 19 yards on his squad's first play of the game and finished with seven rushes for 73 yards and four receptions for 40 yards in earning Most Valuable Player of the game honors.

Scouting Combine =top performer (rank among position group):
40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds
Bench press: 24 reps
Vertical jump: 42.5 inches
Broad jump: 130 inches* (1)
3-cone drill: 6.79 seconds* (1)
20-yard shuttle: 3.95 seconds* (1)
60-yard shuttle: 11.18 seconds* (3)

Stacking up: After the combine, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock ranked Abdullah as the third-best running back in the draft behind Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Georgia's Todd Gurley; counterpart Bucky Brooks ranked Abdullah fifth, placing him behind Gurley, Gordon, Indiana's Tevin Coleman and Miami's Duke Johnson.

Bonus point: Abdullah, the youngest of nine children, has received praise for his character that included his selection as the 2014 Senior CLASS Award for FBS.

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