Ameer Abdullah is having a special senior season at Nebraska, and the running back's farewell tour has turned him into one of the most celebrated stars in Husker football history.

After a stunning start to the season, which included a game-winning touchdown reception that saved Nebraska from the possibility of a crushing loss to McNeese State, the Cornhuskers athletic department revved up a Heisman campaign for Abdullah, complete with custom-made AA batteries that featured his initials and likeness.

That's not the only way Abdullah is managing to draw attention. As the rain came down in Lincoln earlier this week, students caught Abdullah on campus this week carrying around a pink umbrella:

Abdullah embraced the attention, retweeting several pictures and comments from fans and peers who saw him. This comes just days after Abdullah chose to spend the team's off week enjoying the most unlikely of luxuries: a Nebraska swimming and diving meet.

Not content to win merely the Heisman, Abdullah also wants to win hearts. Although the Heisman thing is not out-of-reach:

Big Ten Heisman Trophy Winners


Troy Smith

Ohio State quarterback, 2006.


Ron Dayne

Wisconsin running back, 1999.


Charles Woodson

Michigan cornerback/returner, 1997.


Eddie George

Ohio State running back, 1995.


Desmond Howard

Michigan receiver/returner, 1991.


Archie Griffin

Ohio State running back, 1975.


Archie Griffin

Ohio State running back, 1974.


Howard Cassady

Ohio State running back, 1955.


Alan Ameche

Wisconsin running back, 1950.


Vic Janowicz

Ohio State running back, 1950.


Les Horvath

Ohio State quarterback, 1944.


Bruce Smith

Minnesota running back, 1941.


Tom Harmon

Michigan running back, 1940.


Nile Kinnick

Iowa running back, 1939.


Jay Berwanger

Chicago running back, 1935.

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