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#9 Sam Burtch
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 195
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Murdock, Neb.
High School: Elmwood-Murdock

Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2014)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)

» Five-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Walk-on of the Year (2013)

2014 Outlook
Junior Sam Burtch was a breakout player for the Nebraska offense in 2013, serving as part of the regular rotation at receiver. Burtch’s role grew as the year progressed, and he heads into his junior season expecting to play a large role in the 2014 Husker offense. Burtch had a standout spring practice and is a leading contender to earn the starting role left open by the graduation of three-year starter Quincy Enunwa.

The 6-3, 200-pound Burtch brings a big target to a receiving corps that returns seven of its top eight players for this season. Burtch has also distinguished himself as a relentless blocker on the perimeter for the Husker running game. A former walk-on, Burtch was placed on scholarship beginning with the 2014 spring semester.

Burtch is also a standout off the field, twice earning Academic All-Big Ten honors and serving as president of Nebraska’s Uplifting Athletes chapter. He carries a 3.397 cumulative grade-point average in communication studies.

2013 (Sophomore)
Burtch played in all 13 games and made starts against Michigan State and Penn State. He finished with 12 receptions for 147 yards and three touchdowns. He was at his best late in the season, making 10 of his 12 catches in the final six games.

Burtch’s first two catches resulted in touchdowns, a 26-yarder from Taylor Martinez against Southern Miss and a 16-yard catch from Ron Kellogg vs. South Dakota State. Burtch caught three passes for 20 yards against Northwestern, including two on the final drive to help set up NU’s Hail Mary. He caught five passes for 86 yards, including a career-long 32-yard touchdown, against Michigan State. Burtch added two catches at Penn State.

2012 (Redshirt Freshman)
Burtch played in four games as a reserve receiver, appearing in Nebraska’s wins over Southern Miss, Arkansas State, Idaho State and Minnesota. He did not have a reception.

2011 (Redshirt)
Burtch walked on and redshirted in his first season in 2011.

Before Nebraska (Elmwood-Murdoch HS)
Burtch starred at receiver for Coach Leigh Schmale at Elmwood-Murdock High School. Burtch earned first-team Class C-2 all-state honors from both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald in 2010. He caught 44 passes for 1,038 yards and eight touchdowns to help his team to a 9-2 record and a trip to the Class C-2 quarterfinals.

Burtch also caught 26 passes and eight touchdowns as a junior. Burtch won the Class C 800 meters at the 2010 Nebraska state track meet and was second in the 400 meters. At the 2011 Shrine Bowl, he caught four passes for 76 yards, including touchdowns of 12 and 40 yards. Burtch received recruiting interest from Northwest Missouri State before selecting NU.

Personal
Sam is the son of Tom Burtch and Marie Gregoire and was born on Feb. 19, 1993. He is majoring in communication studies and is a five-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. Burtch has been active in the community and this year he has been named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team, the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team and received a HERO Leadership Award.

Burtch was one of the leading forces behind starting the Uplifting Athletes Road Race to benefit pediatric cancer. He has also volunteered his time with the FCA, People’s City Mission, Husker Hotline and numerous hospital and school outreach events.

Burtch's Career Statistics

Year

G/S

Rec. 

Yards 

Y/R 

Y/G 

Long

TDs

2011       Redshirt    
 
2012 4/0 0 0 0.0 0.0 None
0
2013 13/2 12 147 12.2 11.3 32 vs. Michigan State
3

Totals

17/2

12

147

12.2

11.3 

32 vs. Michigan State

3


Single-Game Highs 
» Receptions –
5 vs. Michigan State (2013)
» Receiving Yards – 86 vs. Michigan State (2013)
» Touchdowns – 1 vs. Southern Miss (2013), vs. SDSU (2013), vs. Michigan State (2013)

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