Abdullah Named Semifinalist in Doak Walker Award

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Husker football player Ameer Abdullah has been chosen as one of the 10 semifinalists this year in the 2013 Doak Walker Award. This award is given each year to the top running back in the nation. Abdullah’s nomination was announced Thursday morning by the SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors.

Abdullah will enter this weekend’s game against Michigan State with 1213 rushing yards this season. His average for rushing yards is the best in the Big Ten and helps him to rank in fifth place nationally. He also has a streak of six games straight were he rushed 100 yards, which is the sixth longest in the history of Nebraska, and with eight of these games in just one season, he holds the fifth place for the most in the school’s history.

This selection as a semifinalist is a high honor for Nebraska and the second tie in the last three years that Nebraska has had someone nominated for this award. In 2011, Rex Burkhead was a semifinalist in his junior year.

Semifinalists include players from Wisconsin, Western Kentucky, South Carolina, Stanford, Arizona, Washington, Auburn, Baylor, and Boston College.

The three running backs will be chosen as finalists for the Doak Walker Award on Monday, November 25. Then on December, 12, the winner will be announced on ESPN during the Home Depot College Football Awards.

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