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Ameer Abdullah Splits Big Ten Offensive Player Of The Week With Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon

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Both of the star B1G Running Backs were featured in the weekly release.

Eric Francis

Nebraska Cornhuskers Running Back Ameer Abdullah was named the co-Offensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten Conference today, along with Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon.

Abdullah, the SR from Homewood, Alabama, had 229 yards rushing on 35 carries on Saturday night, with 2 rushing and 1 receiving TD as well. His efforts were vital in a 41-31 Nebraska victory over the Miami Hurricanes.

Ameer leads the Big Ten in rushing yards (625), and is second only to Indiana's Tevin Coleman in yards per game.

Gordon had 253 yards on 13 carries versus Bowling Green last week, as the Badgers rolled to a 68-17 victory.

The Full Release:

Following Big Ten football games on Sept. 20, the co-offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week and co-freshmen of the week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week's honorees:
Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Sr., RB, Homewood, Ala./Homewood
•           Recorded 313 all-purpose yards, including 229 rushing yards, in Nebraska’s victory over Miami (Fla.)
•           Carried the ball a career-high 35 times, reaching the end zone twice on the ground and adding a third touchdown on a three-yard reception in the second quarter
•           Became Nebraska's all-time leader in all-purpose yards, passing 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers
•           Records the third Offensive Player of the Week award of his career and second of the season
•           Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Ameer Abdullah (Sept. 1, 2014)
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
Jr., RB, Kenosha, Wis./Bradford
•           Needed just 13 carries to register 253 yards and matched a school record with five touchdowns in Wisconsin’s win against Bowling Green
•           Averaged 19.5 yards per carry, shattering the previous school record of 14.9 yards per attempt
•           Helped Wisconsin set a modern-era Big Ten record with 644 team rushing yards and a school record for total offense with 756 yards.
•           Earns the second Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
•           Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Melvin Gordon (Sept. 23, 2013)
Defensive Player of the Week

William Likely, Maryland
So., CB, Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central
•           Recorded nine tackles, including one tackle for loss, and an interception to lead Maryland to a victory at Syracuse
•           Notched his second career interception late in the second quarter and returned it 88 yards for a touchdown
•           The interception return for a touchdown was the longest by a Maryland player since 1989
•           Claims his first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor
•           First Maryland Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award
Special Teams Player of the Week

Chris Gradone, Northwestern
Jr., P, Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier
•           Averaged 44.1 yards on seven punts as Northwestern defeated Western Illinois
•           Six of his seven punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, including two inside the five-yard line
•           Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
•           Last Northwestern Special Teams Player of the Week: Jeff Budzien (Dec. 2, 2013)
Co-Freshmen of the Week

Tegray Scales, Indiana
LB, Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain
•           Recorded five tackles and one sack to help Indiana defeat No. 18/19 Missouri
•           Registered his first career sack as the Hoosiers collected their first road win over a top-20 team since 1987
•           Wins his first career weekly award
•           Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Ralphael Green III (Nov. 25, 2013)
Chris Streveler, Minnesota
QB, Crystal Lake, Ill./Marian Central Catholic
•           Logged 161 yards on 18 carries, including a touchdown, to lead Minnesota to a victory over San Jose State in his first career start
•           Posted the third-most rushing yards ever by a Minnesota quarterback
•           Wins his first career weekly award
•           Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Mitch Leidner (Sept. 23, 2013)