One of the most exciting and prolific running backs in the country, Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, is 100% healthy and will play against the Wisconsin Badgers on Nov. 15.
“That’s just my guess as things stand right now,” Pelini said Tuesday.
Abdullah sprained his MCL in the first quarter of the Cornhuskers’ 35-14 win over Purdue last Saturday. The junior will have an extra week to rest as Nebraska will look to win their fourth straight game.
The Cornhuskers (8-1) are off to a great start this season and find themselves ranked No. 13 in this week’s College Football Playoff Rankings. Their only loss of the season came at the hands of Michigan State.
The Heisman hopeful is having an amazing junior campaign. Through nine games, he has rushed for 1,250 yards and 17 touchdowns, while averaging 6.7 yards per carry. He is the only player in school-history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in three straight season.
In four games this season, Abdullah has rushed for over 200 yards and has scored at least touchdowns in three games.
Nebraska’s rushing offense ranks seventh in the country (280.7 yards per game) thanks in large part to Abdullah’s abilities.
Abdullah is projected to be drafted a top draft pick in the 2015 NFL draft if he decides to forgo his senior season. He is aiming to be the first Heisman winner since Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch won it in 2001.
Crouch led Nebraska to the 2001 National Championship game but lost to the Miami Hurricanes, 37-14.
If the Cornhuskers can win their last three games, it would mark the first 11-win season for head coach Bo Pelini.
They will need some help to make the College Football Playoffs, but crazier things have happened in college football the past decade.
Nebraska will face off against the Badgers on Nov. 15.
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