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Ozigbo Earns Nebraska’s First 1,000-Yard Rushing Season Since 2014

November 17, 2018

Ziggy has it. 

Senior running back Devine Ozigbo, on Senior Day no less, became the first Nebraska back with a 1,000 rushing yards in a season since Ameer Abdullah did it in 2014. Ozigbo entered the day with 958 rushing yards on the year and broke the 1,000-yard threshold late in the third quarter against Michigan State.

Ozigbo becomes the 25th player in Nebraska history with 1,000 rushing yards in a season. It’s the 36th time overall Nebraska has had 1,000 in a season.

As the 6-foot, 235-pound, back got close over recent weeks, he talked about how 1,000 yards wasn't even on his mind before the season but with the success he had, it would be something special to him to get it. Head coach Scott Frost said two weeks ago he wants it for Ozigbo.

On Monday, Frost sang the senior's praise for his work ethic in transforming his game once the new coaching staff got to Lincoln last December. 

“I’m so happy for him," Frost said. "He’s an example of how kids should be and what they should do. We all want things to happen and work for us right now, otherwise we’re unhappy and we quit or we leave. I wasn’t around Devine for most of his career here, but coming in as the coach and getting information from people that knew the program, we thought from the information I got, that running back was a place we needed immediate help because we weren’t sure how good we’d be at that spot.

"We went out and got some guys and all of a sudden at the beginning of the season, Devine found himself as not the starter. That could’ve gone a lot of different ways with a couple other guys when that happened, but not him. He just kept coming to work, doing his job, getting better.

"It’s even more special when someone has a great season when they persevere through something like that. What a great teammate and a great person. I really believe he’s putting himself in a position to keep playing football and not have his Nebraska career be the end of his career."

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