Khalid Abdullah first earned ASN Player of Week honors after rushing for a career-high 172 yards in James Madison's 31-20 CAA Football victory against Maine Sept 24 on ASN.
Turns out the 5-10, 220-pound senior was just getting started.
He finished the season with eight 100-yard games, including a career-high 194 yards against William & Mary. He finished as the school's all-time leader in touchdowns and third in rushing yards while leading JMU to the eighth undefeated season in CAA Football history (8-0).
It helped carry Abdullah to ASN's 2016 FCS Player of the Year honors. He won the fan vote at americansportsnet.com with 52%, besting Sam Houston State's Jeremiah Briscoe (39%), Samford's Devlin Hodges (6%) and Fordham's Chase Edmonds (3%).
"He's a special player," said Dukes head coach Mike Houston. "The biggest thing he's got is vision. He can see the cuts and make the right cuts consistently. He's such a strong runner he's gonna run through arm tackles. He's a special talent."
Four takeaways from Abdullah's season:
» Rushing yards this season, fifth in the FCS
» Rushing touchdowns this season, fourth in the FBS
» Career rushing yards, third in school history
» Career touchdowns, most in school history
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