Lincoln - Nebraska freshman Ameer Abdullah captured several honors for his electrifying performance against Fresno State. The I-back/returner was named the Big Ten Special Team Player of the Week as well as the Freshman of the Week, while he also captured the College Football Performance Award for National Kickoff Returner of the Week.
Abdullah totaled 231 all-purpose yards on eight touches, an average of 28.9 yards per attempt, in Saturday's 42-29 win over the Bulldogs. The freshman from Homewood, Ala., set Nebraska's single-game record with 211 kickoff return yards, breaking the previous mark of 186 by Josh Davis in 2002, including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown after Fresno State pulled to within 28-26 in the fourth quarter. Abdullah also set up Nebraska's go-ahead score in the third quarter with a 38-yard return after the Huskers fell behind 20-14. He also had one punt return for 17 yards and two rushes.
After two weeks, Abdullah is second nationally in kickoff return average (42.00 per return) and 13th nationally in punt returns (16.80 per return). He joins West Virginia's Tavon Anderson and Eric Page from Toledo as the only players ranked in the top-20 nationally in both punt and kickoff returns after two weeks of action.