Published Thursday, August 1, 2013 AT 7:00 AM / Updated at 6:10 PM
Husker Camp Countdown: No. 2 Ameer Abdullah
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2013 football season.

Ameer Abdullah | 5-foot-9 | 190 pounds | Jr. | Running back

Click here to see previous entries in the Husker Camp Countdown series.

Three running backs arrived as true freshmen in 2011. Two were top 100, four-star recruits. The third was Abdullah. The top 100 recruits left town — in big part because Abdullah beat them out.

In relief of an injured Rex Burkhead last season, Abdullah rushed for 1,137 yards and eight touchdowns. He especially found his stride on toss plays, when he could graduate from one level of the defense to another by weaving his way through bigger traffic. Already a dangerous kick and punt returner, Abdullah emerged as a capable out-of-the-backfield receiver last year, as well.

He enters this season as the Huskers’ clear No. 1 back, a tough, compact runner who packs a good punch for a smallish frame. His game is reminiscent of two former NU I-backs, Keith Jones and Derek Brown. He has more shake than Jones, but he has the same toughness to take a hit that Brown did.

Abdullah may not be a captain this year, but he carries himself that way and will serve as an assistant captain this season.

One area has been a weakness for Abdullah: fumbles. He’s had a costly fumble in each of the past two Capital One Bowls. For him to have the long pro career he desires, the fumble problems will have to go.

Previous entries (and honorable mentions):

>> No. 50: Vincent Valentine
>> No. 49: Cethan Carter
>> No. 48: Gabe Miller
>> No. 47: Chongo Kondolo
>> No. 46: Taariq Allen
>> No. 45: Paul Thurston
>> No. 44: Mauro Bondi
>> No. 43: Sam Cotton
>> No. 42: Michael Rose
>> No. 41: Jordan Westerkamp
>> No. 40: Tommy Armstrong
>> No. 39: Trevor Roach
>> No. 38: Andy Janovich
>> No. 37: Mo Seisay
>> No. 36: Alonzo Moore
>> No. 35: Harvey Jackson
>> No. 34: Charles Jackson
>> No. 33: Avery Moss
>> No. 32: Terrell Newby
>> No. 31: Matt Finnin
>> No. 30: Aaron Curry
>> No. 29: Jared Afalava
>> No. 28: Vacated
>> No. 27: Adam Taylor
>> No. 26: Stanley Jean-Baptiste
>> No. 25: Andrew Rodriguez
>> No. 24: Andrew Green
>> No. 23: Randy Gregory
>> No. 22: Kevin Williams
>> No. 21: Greg McMullen
>> No. 20: Imani Cross
>> No. 19: Brent Qvale
>> No. 18: C.J. Zimmerer
>> No. 17: Jake Cotton
>> No. 16: Thad Randle
>> No. 15: Jake Long
>> No. 14: Jeremiah Sirles
>> No. 13: Josh Mitchell
>> No. 12: Corey Cooper
>> No. 11: David Santos
>> No. 10: Zaire Anderson
>> No. 9: Cole Pensick
>> No. 8: Jason Ankrah
>> No. 7: Jamal Turner
>> No. 6: Quincy Enunwa
>> No. 5: Spencer Long
>> No. 4: Ciante Evans
>> No. 3: Kenny Bell

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