Ameer Abdullah passed on a chance to enter the 2014 NFL Draft to return to the University of Nebraska for his senior year. The 5-foot-9 running back’s primary motivation was to complete his college degree, which he ultimately did. Along the way, Abdullah broke records and improved his stock for the 2015 NFL Draft.
After rushing for 1,611 yards and 19 touchdowns this season and finishing his career No. 2 on Nebraska’s all-time rushing list (4,588 yards), Abdullah was named second team All-America. He was also a finalist for several postseason awards; including the Doak Walker Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best running back.
At last week’s Senior Bowl — a postseason exhibition which is more about showcasing potential draftees to NFL scouts than anything else — Abdullah was named MVP after gaining a game-high 113 all-purpose yards (73 rushing 40 receiving). According to CBS Sports writer Rob Rang, Abdullah’s “terrific agility, balance and acceleration helped him stand out all week” in practices and in the game.