Honors & Awards
• Two Letters (2016, 2017)
• 2015 MLB Draft Pick (Arizona Diamondbacks, 28th Round)
• 2017 and 2018 Johnny Bench Award Watch List
• Academic All-Big Ten (2017)
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015; Spring 2016, 2017)
• Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
2017: Jesse Wilkening played in 50 games, making 47 starts behind the plate in 2017 • Hit .247 with eight doubles and one home run • Tallied 22 RBIs and 21 runs scored • Went 1-for-1 stealing bases • Defensively, his .991 fielding percentage ranked fourth on the team • Caught a team-leading nine baserunners in 31 attempts • Recorded 318 putouts, second-most on the team • Had 11 multi-hit games, three of which were three-hit games • Had four multi-RBI games, including a season-high three RBIs at Minnesota on April 23 • Was 3-for-5 with a home run in the series-clinching win at Minnesota on April 23 • Went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs against Creighton on April 4 • Roped a two-RBI double against Maryland on April 7 • Went 3-for-5 with two runs against Northern Colorado on March 8.
2016: Wilkening saw significant time behind the plate for the Huskers as a true freshman in 2016 • Played in 33 games and made 30 starts while splitting time with fifth-year senior Taylor Fish • Hit .270 (30-for-111) with 11 runs scored, four doubles, one home run and 12 RBIs • Homered and doubled in his first game as a Husker at College of Charleston on Feb. 20 • First Husker to homer in his first career game since Tanner Lubach in 2013 and the first freshman to do it since Chad Christensen in 2010 • Played in 12 games and made 10 starts during Big Ten play, hitting .351 (13-for-37) and had an on-base percentage of .442 • Ended the year with 10 multi-hit games, including three games with three hits • Threw out just under 45 percent of base stealers, as he caught a team-high 12 base runners in 27 attempts.
Before Nebraska: Wilkening was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 28th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, but turned down pro baseball to join the Huskers • Ended his career at Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake, Ind., with a .516 batting average, a state record 206 hits, 20 home runs and 156 RBIs • Broke Adam Norton’s (Notre Dame) previous state record of 202 hits • Was a two-time first-team all-state selection and a four-time all-conference pick • Tabbed as a top-250 catcher in the nation by Perfect Game • Ranked as the No. 41 overall player in the state of Indiana and the No. 3 catcher by Perfect Game • Competed at the 2014 Perfect Game WWBA 17U National Championships for Gravel Baseball and the 2013 Perfect Game WWBA Underclass World Championships for the Evoshield Seminoles.
Personal: Born on Aug. 29, 1996 • Parents are Todd and Julie Wilkening • Majoring in criminology and criminal justice.