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Sam Burtch
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Sam Burtch 744229
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 190
Year: Redshirt Freshman
City/State: Murdock, Neb.
High School: Elmwood-Murdock

Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)
» Seven-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Walk-on of the Year (2013)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2014, 2015)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2014, 2015)
» Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2014)

Sam Burtch was a breakout player in the Nebraska offense in 2013, and was poised for a big role in the NU receiver corps last fall. However, a pair of injuries kept Burtch off the field in 2014, and he now returns for his senior season hopeful of making an impact on the Husker offense.

Burtch was held out early in the season with a concussion, then following his return, he suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice. Burtch should be at full strength for summer conditioning and the start of fall practice. At 6-3 and 200 pounds, Burtch provides a big target in the Husker passing game. Burtch is also a standout off the field, twice earning academic All-Big Ten honors.

2014 (Junior)
Burtch missed the year with injuries, first a concussion then a season-ending knee injury.

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.

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 seven-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









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







32 vs. Michigan State


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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