|High School:||Montini Catholic|
Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2013, 2014)
» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013)
» Big Ten Freshman of the Week (vs. Northwestern, 2013)
» Three-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» ESPN College Football Play of the Year (Reception vs. Florida Atlantic, 2014)
» Sports Science Newton Award for Outstanding Reaction (2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015)
Receiver Jordan Westerkamp had a highly productive pair of seasons in 2013 and 2014 and is poised for bigger results for the Huskers this season. The 6-0, 195-pound Westerkamp is an outstanding route runner and has great hands, allowing him to make the difficult catches look routine.
Westerkamp finished as Nebraska’s second-leading receiver in 2014, catching 44 passes for 747 yards and five touchdowns. His receiving yardage and receptions totals both ranked just outside of the top 10 on the Nebraska single-season charts. He enters his junior season with 64 career receptions and having already surpassed the 1,000-yard career receiving yardage mark, Westerkamp is poised to make a big move up the NU career charts in the next two seasons.
Westerkamp is a key part of an NU receiving corps that returns several playmakers, including senior Jamal Turner, junior Alonzo Moore and sophomore De’Mornay Pierson-El. A year after a game-winning Hail Mary touchdown catch against Northwestern, Westerkamp again made numerous tough catches in 2014. One of those plays was a behind-the-back reception against Florida Atlantic that earned Westerkamp ESPN’s College Foootball Play of the Year.
Westerkamp is a two-time academic All-Big Ten selection.
Westerkamp played in all 13 games and made nine starts at receiver. He was second on the team with 44 receptions for 747 yards and five touchdowns. Westerkamp opened the year by catching a touchdown pass in each of the season’s first three games. He added touchdown catches against Rutgers and USC later in the season. He made at least three catches seven times in 2014, and had 100-yard receiving games against Florida Atlantic and Michigan State.
He opened the year with seven catches for 125 yards against FAU, including a 41-yard touchdown, setting then career highs in both categories. Westerkamp and Kenny Bell became the first pair of wide receivers in school history to both top 100 receiving yards in the same game. Westerkamp had a team-high four catches for 61 yards in a win over McNeese State, including a 40-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Westerkamp caught a career-long 70-yard touchdown on the game’s third play at Fresno State, opening an impressive offensive showing for the Huskers. At Michigan State, Westerkamp set career highs with nine catches for 158 yards, all in the second half. The nine catches tied for the eighth-most in NU history, while the 158 yards were the fifth-highest total in school history.
Westerkamp had three catches for 40 yards and a four-yard touchdown catch against Rutgers and had a team-high three receptions for 58 yards against Purdue. He added five receptions for 47 yards against Minnesota. Westerkamp finished the 2014 season with three receptions for 81 yards against USC in the Holiday Bowl. He had a 65-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter for his fifth touchdown catch of the year.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Westerkamp played in all 13 games, with a start against Georgia, and had 20 receptions for 283 yards and a touchdown. Westerkamp was Nebraska’s top punt returner for the second part of the season and had 19 returns for 51 yards. The touchdown catch will go down in Nebraska history, coming on a 49-yard Hail Mary pass to defeat Northwestern.
Westerkamp caught four passes for 30 yards in the season’s first five games, before becoming a bigger part of the passing game. He made three receptions for 53 yards at Purdue, and also added three catches at Minnesota. Westerkamp had a career-best day against Northwestern with four catches for 104 yards, and capped by the touchdown.
He caught a 27-yard pass at Michigan, then had a season-high five catches for 62 yards at Penn State. Westerkamp had a season-long 19-yard punt return at Minnesota.
Westerkamp redshirted in his first season in the program in 2012.
Before Nebraska (Montini Catholic HS)
Westerkamp was a record-setting receiver at Montini Catholic High School in Illinois. Westerkamp is the state’s all-time leader in receptions (235), receiving yards (4,618) and receiving touchdowns (68). Westerkamp helped lead Coach Chris Andriano’s team to state titles each of his final three seasons, capped by a memorable performance in his final prep game. In the 2011 Class 5A state title game against Joliet Catholic, Westerkamp had 12 catches for 353 yards and five touchdowns, leading his team to a 70-45 victory.
The championship game effort capped a senior year that saw him catch 91 passes for 1,659 yards and 29 touchdowns. Westerkamp received numerous honors, highlighted by being chosen a first-team USA Today All-American. He was also the Illinois Player of the Year by both the Chicago Tribune and ESPN Chicago, the Suburban Christian Conference Player of the Year and an all-state and all-metro selection.
As a junior, Westerkamp caught 89 passes for 1,631 yards and 23 touchdowns, helping Montini to a 12-2 record and a Class 5A state title. He had seven catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns in the 2010 state championship game. His play as a junior earned Westerkamp first-team 5A all-state honors from the Illinois Coaches Association.
Westerkamp burst onto the scene with 51 receptions for 1,156 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore, including a 99-yard touchdown. He had a touchdown catch in the Class 5A state title game, helping Montini cap a 10-4 season and the first of three straight titles.
Following his senior season, Westerkamp participated in the Semper Fi Marines All-America Bowl in Arizona. He was listed among the top 10 players in Illinois by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and was regarded as one of the top 50 receivers in the country, while Scout.com listed him among the nation’s top 250 overall prospects. Westerkamp chose Nebraska over Notre Dame and had dozens of other scholarship offers, including Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern and West Virginia.
Westerkamp is the son of Robert and Kimberly Westerkamp, and was born on June 23, 1994. His father also starred at Montini Catholic and collegiately at Illinois. Westerkamp is a business administration major, and is a three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Westerkamp has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Hotline, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 and team hospital and community rec center outreach events.
70 at Fresno State
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Punt Returns: 19 returns, 51 yards, 0 TDs, 2.7 average, long of 19 at Minnesota (2013)
» Receptions – 9 at Michigan State (2014)
» Receiving Yards – 158 at Michigan State (2014)
» Touchdowns – 1 (six times)