Nebraska geared up for success

BY BEN ROSS | AUGUST 30, 2013 5:00 AM

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After winning the Legends division of the Big Ten and making it to the Conference Championship game, the sky’s the limit in 2013 for the Nebraska football squad.

The team returns its leading rusher from 2012 in Ameer Abdullah, who amassed 1,137 rushing yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore. The Huskers two leading receivers, Quincy Enunwa and Kenny Bell also come back to help quarterback Taylor Martinez, who many argue is the best signal-caller in the conference.

Martinez said at Big Ten Media day that he’s looking forward to utilizing all the offensive weapons he has around him, but mentioned he’s most excited to see what Abdullah can do when he hands the ball off to him.

“We could be really good,” Martinez said. “We’ve all played with each other for the past three years, so we’ll see how good we’ll be. Ameer had about 1,200 yards rushing not even starting the whole season, imagine what he could do in 13-14 starts.”

The Huskers were stomped 70-31 in its first appearance in the Big Ten Championship last year, but that score isn’t putting any Nebraska players down in the dumps.

And it shouldn’t. With all the returning talent and starters the Scarlet and Cream bring in this year, Nebraska could be the team to beat. At least that’s what Enunwa said.

“I look forward to winning all of our games and getting back to the championship and facing whoever is seeded up against us,” he said at Big Ten Media days on July 25. “It’s my senior year, I want to play every team, I want to beat every team and hopefully get back to a championship.”

Nebraska also holds an extremely favorable schedule in 2013, avoiding Big Ten dandies such as Wisconsin and Ohio State — the latter of which many predict to not only win the conference, but make it to the National Championship game.

Still, Nebraska will likely have to face, and defeat, one of those two squads in the Conference title matchup if it has any aspirations of national greatness.

But as serious as all those expectations sound, Martinez said that he doesn’t think that way, and all he sees football as is a game.

“I’m looking most forward to just having fun and taking one game at a time,” the senior quarterback said. “It’s awesome to have all these playmakers coming back, [Ameer Abdullah] is probably one of the top backs in the country and he’s only a junior, but I’m looking forward to seeing all of them on Aug. 31st.”

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, a man of few words, said he was looking forward to something different than his quarterback in the 2013 football season at Big Ten Media Day: the test of commanding a successful squad.

“I enjoy the challenge. We’ll see,” Pelini said.

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