The accolades keep coming for Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Randy Gregory.
Abdullah earned second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press on Tuesday. Gregory was awarded third-team All-America honors after finishing with 50 tackles, seven sacks and 17 quarterback hurries. He also blocked two field goals.
Abdullah had already been named a second-team All-American by three other entities — the Walter Camp Football Foundation, CBSSports.com and Scout.com. The senior I-back from Homewood, Alabama, rushed for 1,523 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2014, becoming the school’s all-time all-purpose yardage leader and moving into second place on NU’s career rushing chart.
“The one cool thing about this place is there are so many great ones, but he certainly stacks right up there with all of them,” interim head coach Barney Cotton said. “He’s certainly unique unto himself.”
Gregory, a junior defensive end from Fishers, Indiana, missed Nebraska’s regular-season finale against Iowa, but he’s been “fully cleared” now, Cotton said Tuesday. He was not at Tuesday’s practice, though.
Cotton said that’s fairly common at this time of year. Gregory and several other players have missed workouts and meetings during the last week or so as the semester winds down.
“We pick these odd practice times to make sure we could get, hopefully, 90 percent of our guys here this week,” Cotton said.
It’s still unclear what Gregory is thinking beyond the Holiday Bowl. He could soon submit his name to the NFL draft advisory board — which will indicate whether he’s projected to be a first-round pick, second-rounder or neither. Cotton said he suspects Gregory will do that.
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