LINCOLN, Neb. - After registering 214 carries during the regular season, sophomore running back Ameer Abdullah only had five against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game.
A large part of that was due to the Huskers getting behind early. The other factor was the return of senior Rex Burkhead to the starter's role.
Burkhead projects to see most of the carries in Orlando in 12 days, and while Abdullah understands it, it doesn't mean it's not hard for a competitor.
"It has been kind of difficult ... kind of being second behind him again," Abdullah told the Lincoln Journal Star after Tuesday's practice. "Some situations, you're like, 'Man, I wish I was in to help out the team.' But I understand. It's his senior year and Rex is much better than what I am right now. Rex on the field right now is what we needed, and it's a huge deal for our offense having him back."
Recently the Alabama native was ranked No. 22 in the ESPN Scouts Inc. top 25 underclassmen list.
Abdullah might be behind Burkhead on the depth chart, but his 1,089 yards this season shows he has potential for big seasons in 2013 and 2014.