(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Nebraska running backs coach Ron Brown likes to call Ameer Abdullah ''Mighty Mouse.''
The diminutive sophomore also could be called ''The Man.''
Abdullah, who ran the ball all of 42 times last season, reached 200 carries and crossed the 1,000-yard threshold for the season against Minnesota on Saturday.
The knee injury that has put All-Big Ten back Rex Burkhead on the sideline for most of his senior season necessitated Abdullah's heavier workload.
''Remember the old cartoon `Mighty Mouse?' That's him,'' Brown said after the 38-14 win over the Gophers. ''He's Mighty Mouse, man. He's a muscled up little guy who has a big, giant heart and runs like a bear. He's a versatile guy and he has great mental toughness.''
The 2012 offense was supposed to feature Burkhead, the fan favorite who is among only seven Nebraska backs to run for 3,000 yards in a career. Burkhead sprained his left knee in the opener and aggravated it twi...