Published Monday, September 10, 2012 AT 10:16 PM / Updated at 11:24 PM
Abdullah will take whatever he can get
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

During his freshman season, Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah got 12 carries in one game, fewer than seven in all the rest and a total of just 42.

So with 31 rushing attempts in the Huskers’ first two games, Abdullah is happy for the bump in workload (although regretful that some of it has come due to the injury to Rex Burkhead).

“I feel like I’ve held up pretty well,” Abdullah said. “I haven’t got a ton of carries. I only have 15 and 16, which isn’t a lot. A lot of backs are getting 30, 28, high 20s and things like that.

“I’m prepared for the heavy load. I’m prepared for the short doses. It doesn’t matter.”

Abdullah is averaging 6.5 yards per carry, had his first 100-yard game at UCLA and has scored two touchdowns. He also has four receptions with a score, but lost a fumble starting the second half Saturday night with the score tied against the Bruins.

In his own estimation, Abdullah rated his play as “pretty average.”

“I feel like here and there I had some pretty good plays, but obviously when you watch the film it’s never as good as you think and it’s never as bad as you think,” he said.

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  1. KansaHusker says:

    If only the rest of the team had Abdullahs attitude and ability. Fumbles happen and the one i noticed that was shown close up happened when abdullah changed how he held the ball which happened the moment he was tackled.Don’t forget Rex has fumbled a couple of times also an at crucial points in the game.Abdullah has the ability to be a hundred yard rusher against who ever we play against.

  2. Rick says:

    who asked the “Want to” question during the press conference?

  3. Jon says:

    As far as the title goes, so would most any college male.

  4. NUCORNDEVIL says:

    It’s reporting like this that continues to feed the excuse machine for incumbent coaches who are clearly in over their heads.
    It seems even though the facts are in plain sight, in black and white, we still have people in the press who look past those facts and continue the propaganda mill of deceit.

    “23 Nebraska (Lost to UCLA 36-30) Yes, NU stays ahead of Louisville, Oregon State, Notre Dame and some other teams. Before Husker fans bail entirely on the team, remember: The Bruins had terrific recruiting classes. Their talent is there. And they have a coaching staff now that can take advantage of it.”
    I’m sorry people, this is what Sam Mckewon of the OWH wrote about the loss to UCLA.
    First year coaching staff, 2nd game ever as a complete staff, Freshman QB, all the excuses NU fans get to use when we get blown out by Michigan, no wait, I mean Wisconsin.
    Sam basically just told you UCLA was better in talent, and coaching than ALL of Pelini’s 5 years at NU.
    I saw the writing on the wall two years ago, This guy cannot recruit and develop players, he has no ‘Process’ Pelini is a scheme guy, with already developed players(Pro’s), and or 4 and 5 star Oklahoma, LSU players. He is soooooo far behind the eight ball when it comes to player development, recruit recognition, and all the intangibles that come with years of being a head coach.
    Becoming a head coach was a good thing for Pelini, it would have been a better thing had he became a head coach at NE Missouri State, where he could learn and develop his “Process” and maybe one day move up to Div 1. Unfortunately Pelini became the Nebraska head coach, where intelligent fans have graduated from ‘Learning to coach 101′ to ‘DOMINATE the NCAA’
    There are great expectations at the University of Nebraska, that’s why we travel so well, we expect to win, and win big.
    The 5 year Pelini experiment is over, from here it’s fumbling through assistants, blaming the players, and poor recruiting, which Boise State, and Kansas State debunk.
    It is time for the Athletic Dept to pay up and bring in an intelligent, experienced Div 1 coach, with a solid offensive and defensive system we can bite into as fans.

    1. Husker512 says:

      Who do you suggest we hire numb nuts?

      1. NUCORNDEVIL says:

        Thanks for asking Pin Head
        My first choice would be Rich Rodriguez, he would bring back all that duel QB stuff all Husker fans are google over.
        My second choice would be, if he can land a solid DC, Mike Leach.
        Then of course there is Chris Peterson, who may have turned down better jobs than NU already, but if the money and contract are right, hey it’s worth a shot.
        Gary Patterson, would be a breath of fresh air to Husker Nation.
        I would also give the Iowa State coach an interview(Paul Rhodes).

        1. NUCORNDEVIL says:

          We need a coach who understands 9-4 10-3 is not going to cut it.
          We need a coach who understands we need to be in BCS Bowls and in the National Championship discussion EVERY year.
          We are Nebraska, we are spoiled.
          If a coach does not produce these results in 5 years, we put an ad in the paper.
          Yes this is how it needs to be, Osborne suffered this same situation, had he not won a title, he would have been kicking rocks, those are just the facts.
          This 20 year window thing needs to be burned out of the Husker psyche instantly!!!!!

  5. Rick says:

    He wants Rathman, Tom Rathman

    1. NUCORNDEVIL says:

      Yes, I am a big Rathman fan for being the Head Football coach at NU.
      My attraction to Rathman was spawned via the Athletic Departments desire not to hire a proven coach.
      Since the NU Athletic Dept didn’t want to spend any money on an established coaching staff, i began to think of better people to hire, who we could get behind as he learned on the job.
      Tom Rathman was my first choice.