Three Huskers named to Steele midseason team
Three Husker football players have been named to the Phil Steele Mid-Season All-America Team.
Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste was chosen a second-team selection, guard Spencer Long was a third-team choice, while I-back Ameer Abdullah was on the fourth unit.
Jean-Baptiste is among the nation's leaders in interceptions with four, and also the top interception return yardage leaders with 134 yards. Jean-Baptiste had an interception in each of Nebraska's first four games, tying a school record for most consecutive games with an interception. Baptiste also has 19 tackles, including two tackles for loss and leads the team with six pass breakups.
A second-team All-American in 2012, Long was the anchor of the Nebraska offensive line over the first half of the season. He has helped Nebraska rank among the Big Ten and national leaders in rushing offense, while paving the way for I-back Ameer Abdullah to register five 100-yard rushing games in the first half of the season. Unfortunately, Long's season has been cut short by a season-ending knee injury last week against Purdue.
Abdullah has been a consistent runner for the Huskers over the first half of the season. He has rushed for at least 98 yards in every game, including five 100-yard rushing games. Abdullah exploded for a career-high 225 rushing yards against Illinois and has ran for six touchdowns in the first six games of the season. With 816 rushing yards, Abdullah is poised to post back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons after putting up 1,137 yards last season.
Nebraska was off this weekend before returning to Big Ten action on Oct. 26 at Minnesota. The Huskers are 5-1 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten Conference action.
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