Honors & Awards
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008)
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009)
Tight end Damon Bechtold enters fall camp hoping to push for playing time at one of Nebraska’s deepest positions. The 6-4, 235-pound Bechtold will add depth behind returning starter Mike McNeill, as well as junior Dreu Young and sophomore Ryan Hill who also earned extensive playing time last fall. The walk-on from Omaha Westside is off to a strong start in the classroom, earning recognition on the Big 12 Academic Honor Roll each of his two semesters of college.
Bechtold sat out his first season as a redshirt and worked with the scout team.
Before Nebraska (Omaha Westside HS)
Bechtold walked on at NU after helping Omaha Westside to three consecutive playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2006 Class A state title game. Bechtold played on both sides of the ball, and was an all-district selection for his play at defensive end, where he collected 10 sacks as a senior. Bechtold played under Coach Marty Kaufman at Westside.
Bechtold was born on Oct. 29, 1989, and is the son of M.J. Bechtold. He is majoring in construction management and carries a 3.666 cumulative grade-point average. Bechtold has participated in several volunteer activities including School is Cool Week, a Veteran’s Welcome Home event and team hospital visits.