Junior I-Back Ameer Abdullah Quotes

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Football
Weekly Press Conference
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 (Memorial Stadium)
Pre-Penn State

On the message in an effort to bounce back
“Be hard on yourself when you watch the film. Understand there are a lot of great learning tools in the game and we got quite a bit of the season left so we have finish off strong.”

On pride playing a factor
“I feel like as a team we are a pretty prideful bunch. We want to win and we want to get the bad taste of a loss out of our mouths. We are going to do everything we can this week to ensure that we can do that.”

On what he said to Tommy Armstrong Jr. after the loss on Saturday
“Nothing really to say. It was a team loss. I know he had a rough game, but it was a lot of things we did as a team that credited to the loss. It was a team loss.”

On how important it is to have a chance at nine or 10 wins
“Very important. A lot of teams don’t do that. We can finish off with a great season. We’re trying to finish out in the best situation we possibly can and right now it’s still out there for us.”

On how the offense found holes in the highly-touted Michigan State defense
“Just doing what we’re doing. We don’t believe the hype. (Michigan State) was ranked pretty high coming into the game, but we feel like were really a good running offense and a really good passing offense and it showed on Saturday. It doesn’t matter what you are ranked or what accolades you’ve gathered, until you play us none of that stuff really matters.”

On media outlets predicting 35 yards rushing on Saturday
“Of course. That’s their job to make predictions and it’s my job to shut them up. I feel like we did a good job of that, but obviously it wasn’t good enough to get the win on Saturday.”

On what he knows about playing at Penn State
“Played there my freshman year. Pretty good atmosphere, especially with what they were going through at the time. It’s going to be tough. Those guys – they always play hard. Every time they bring their best effort. They have a lot of young guys on their team who are hungry for wins. It’s going to be a good game Saturday.”

On not knowing what to expect with the scandal going on two years at PSU
“For one, that was our first time playing in that stadium, so of course we didn’t know what to expect from the atmosphere-wise. We understood it was going to be a pretty emotional time for them for everything they were going through. We handled it well, had a pretty good defensive showing and a pretty good offensive showing at the time and we need the same outcome this Saturday.”

On how he stays ready week-to-week
“No, you got to prepare to play well. You got to prepare well to play well. Every week in practice you have to try to find new things to do to make sure my performance on Saturday is at a high level.”

On seeing the holes well at the moment
“Yeah, it’s not hard to do when you got guys who care about you so much right in front of you. A lot of times the holes are really big, sometimes they are not as big. Every play it seems like everyone is busting their tail just to make sure the play’s successful. It doesn’t really matter – as you know we’ve had a lot of injuries up front – but it doesn’t matter who is up front for us right now. They really care about our running game and understand it is important for us in order to move the ball we have to be able to run the ball.”

On how he mentally goes into the week following a loss
“Move on. That’s part of college football. That’s why you have to respect the game. That’s why you have to train for situations like that each week. Michigan State came out and they controlled the ball. Their defense was pretty good, but it was a lot of self-inflicted things. That’s something we really harp on and we didn’t capitalize on, but at this point you have to move on. We’ve got two games in the regular season and bowl game in the postseason and we can’t hang our heads on this loss. It happened. We can’t go back in time. You got to move on.”

On why the toss play was successful against Penn State last year
“I’m sure they are going to scheme for it. I know they wouldn’t just leave everything the same. I know the front they were giving us was very vulnerable to the toss play. If it wasn’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s one thing I like to live by. The toss was working so we kept running it.”


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