Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska selected as the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® winner for football

December 27, 2014

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (December 27, 2017) – Ameer Abdullah, record-breaking running back from the University of Nebraska, has been selected as the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® winner for the NCAA® Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I FBS football coaches, national football media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I football. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – classroom, community, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Abdullah has etched his name among the legendary running backs in Cornhusker football history, including the distinction as the school’s all-time leader in career all-purpose yards. While excelling on the football field, the Homewood, AL native has been a leader on campus and in the community, earning recognition on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team and selected for the Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2014.

“I will be hard pressed to find someone that I will coach that will be as well-rounded of an individual as Ameer Abdullah,” said longtime Nebraska assistant coach Ron Brown, who serves as Abdullah’s position coach. “His work ethic on the football field has separated him from the pack, and when you look at it in totality, he has made a great impact as a student-athlete and a citizen. His inspiration to our football program, our community and our entire state is unparalleled. Ameer has always said ‘Why not me’, and he has put his life where his mouth is.”

Abdullah is the only player in Nebraska football history with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He set Cornhusker records during this season with four 200-yard rushing games and two 300-yard all-purpose games. He is also the school record holder with 753 career carries and is second all-time in rushing yards with 4,296, trailing only former Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier.

The youngest of nine children, Abdullah is graduating at semester with a degree in history and a minor in education, while carrying a 3.2 GPA. He turned down an opportunity to play in the NFL to complete his degree as a promise to his family. He has been a featured speaker at schools and youth events in Nebraska and served as a mentor for two years to a young boy who was dealing with brain cancer.
“My experience at the University of Nebraska has provided me with necessary resources to be successful after college, Abdullah said. “The academic support and life skills training I have received here will be invaluable to me as I prepare for my next steps and life beyond football.”

Abdullah, a finalist for the 2014 Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back, will conclude his stellar collegiate career at Nebraska in the upcoming Holiday Bowl against the University of Southern California.

“Ameer is not only one of the top football players in the country, but has also had an undeniable impact on the University of Nebraska campus and in the local community,” said Erik Miner, executive director for the Senior CLASS Award. “His achievements on and off the field make him an outstanding representative of the Senior CLASS Award.”

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Football 2014 Winner

Name Position School
Ameer Abdullah I-back Nebraska

First Team

Name Position School
Chris Conley Flanker Georgia
Devin Gardner Quarterback Michigan
Tyler Lockett Wide Receiver Kansas State
Deterrian Shackelford Linebacker Ole Miss

Second Team

Name Position School
Sam Carter Safety TCU
Cody Fajardo Quarterback Nevada
Taylor Kelly Quarterback Arizona State
Eric Kendricks Linebacker UCLA
JaCorey Shepherd Cornerback/nickelback/kick returner Kansas