Posts Tagged ‘Nebraska’

2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah

Monday, October 13th, 2014
Ameer Abdullah is one of multiple running backs with a chance to end the position's first-round drought in the 2015 NFL draft. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

Ameer Abdullah is one of multiple running backs with a chance to end the position’s first-round drought in the 2015 NFL draft. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Ameer Abdullah, who is fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 878 rushing yards after six games in his senior season, is making his case to be the first running back taken in the first round of an NFL draft since 2012.

Abdullah has competition at the position, as Georgia junior Todd Gurley and Wisconsin junior Melvin Gordon also drawing first-round buzz, but he has done plenty to put himself in the conversation through the first half of his final collegiate season.

The Nebraska offense goes through Abdullah, who has proven himself this season as a workhorse who can contribute in multiple capacities.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week Four: Amari Cooper vs. Vernon Hargreaves Among Week’s Marquee Matchups

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Amari Cooper will be one of the top prospects to watch this week when Alabama plays Florida. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

Amari Cooper will be one of the top prospects to watch this week when Alabama plays Florida. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

I cautioned last week that college football Week 3 was when we could see some letdowns. That rang true as USC, Virginia Tech, and Louisville all lost to unranked opponents while No. 6-ranked Georgia fell to No. 24 South Carolina. As more and more conference games are featured on a weekly basis, the importance of avoiding letdowns is at a premium for Football Bowl Subdivision teams wanting to find themselves in the playoffs at season’s end.

An improved slate of games in Week 4 presents some exciting matchups for NFL hopefuls. Putting quality game tape out for scouts is imperative for players looking to be selected in the 2015 draft. There are many players with opportunities to do that this upcoming week.

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2014 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects Whose Tools Are Better Than Their Tape

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

While Anthony Barr’s physical tools stand out, his on-field play is not quite as outstanding. (Photo: Gary A. Vazquez — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

More times than not, good football players are also good athletes with prototypical physical traits, but being a great athlete and having great size does not necessarily mean one is a great football player. Every year, there are players whose draft stock is defined more by their measurables than what they have actually done on the football field. That is due in large part to NFL teams drafting players based on what they can become rather than who they are.

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Super Size Me: Big, Strong Guards in the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Buffalo Bills should be in the market for a guard on Day 2 of the draft, and UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo would be among their best options. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Last offseason, the Buffalo Bills let left guard Andy Levitre go and failed to amply replace him. Doug Legursky and Colin Brown proved to be below average starters, and the offensive line, especially the interior, got pushed into the backfield enough to neutralize most of running back C.J. Spiller’s game-breaking ability.

Also needing to take pressure off of EJ Manuel, finding solid pieces to fill out the offensive line is of utmost importance to the Bills this offseason.

Some people have suggested drafting an offensive tackle like Auburn’s Greg Robinson or Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and shifting Cordy Glenn to right tackle or left guard, but most specifically, the Bills need to find someone who can fill the need at left guard. Based on Doug Marrone’s style of offense, the Bills are likely to look for a versatile offensive lineman who can block with power, but also has the athleticism to pull and get to the second level to help free running back C.J. Spiller.

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2014 Gator Bowl Prospect Preview: Nebraska vs. Georgia

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Among healthy players, the top prospect to watch in Wednesday’s Gator Bowl is Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste. (Photo: Bruce Thorson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The players on the sideline are likely to be more highly touted than those that take the field in the Gator Bowl (12 p.m. ET, ESPN2). With Nebraska (8-4) missing four starters, including quarterback Taylor Martinez, and Georgia (8-4) down eight starters, including quarterback Aaron Murray, running back Keith Marshall and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, the lineups for both teams will be very different from what they were expected to be coming into the season.

For both of these proud programs, the 2014 Gator Bowl will be a chance to build towards the future, allowing young players to get crucial snaps and hoping to prove to their fans there is little cause for concern.

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