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2013 Capital One Bowl: Amarlo Herrera, Ameer Abdullah friendly adversaries

The Georgia linebacker and Nebraska running back spent time together in a high school showcase when both of them were better known as defensive backs.

Kevin C. Cox

Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Amarlo Herrera is already well acquainted with Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah, having played alongside him in a high school showcase game two years ago.

Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald writes that Herrera and Abdullah both participated in the 2010 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The surprising aspect is that both played as defensive backs in the game, as both were considered likely to be members of the defensive backfield in their collegiate careers.

Herrera has come into his own as a linebacker for the Bulldogs, rolling up 67 tackles (fourth-most among all Georgia players), one interception and one forced fumble in his sophomore season. He recorded 37 tackles as a freshman, starting eight of Georgia's 14 games.

Meanwhile, his one-time teammate has evolved into a stellar running back for the Cornhuskers. Abdullah has powered the terrific Nebraska ground game this season, as he's amassed 1,089 yards and eight touchdowns on 219 carries.


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