Honors & Awards
- 2007 Second-Team All-Big 12
- Big 12 Player of the Week (3/12/07)
- 2008 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
- 2008 University of Nebraska Graduate
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Spring 2007; Fall 2007; Spring 2008; Fall 2008)
2009 Outlook: For senior Jeff Tezak, the 2009 campaign provides an opportunity to enjoy a healthy and productive senior year Earned second-team All-Big 12 accolades at designated hitter in 2007, hitting .335 with 37 RBIs before being limited to seven contests because of knee surgery last spring Adds a consistent hitter to the lineup who showed the ability to hit effectively from both sides of the plate and drive in runs Proven postseason performer who hit .375 in the 2007 NCAA Tempe Regional Restricted in fall drills as he continued his rehabilitation, but is expected to be near 100 percent for the start of spring practice Gives the Huskers versatility throughout the infield, as he will likely see time at second base Has excelled in the classroom, being named to the Big 12 honor roll all four semesters at NU and is now working toward his graduate degree.
2008: Tezak started the first seven games at designated hitter before undergoing season-ending surgery in early March and took a medical redshirt season Hit .190 with two RBIs and five runs scored in just 26 plate appearances Three of his four hits went for extra bases, including a solo homer against UC Riverside on Feb. 28, and doubles at Stanford (Feb. 23) and versus UC Riverside (March 1).
2007: Tezak joined the team in January of 2007 and provided an impact switch-hitter in the Husker lineup Garnered second-team All-Big 12 laurels at designated hitter, batting .335 with three homers and 37 RBIs in 56 games Tied for the team lead with three triples and was second on the squad in on-base percentage (.429), doubles (14) and hit-by-pitches (11) Recorded 15 multi-hit performances, including an impressive 5-for-5 effort in a win at No. 22 Alabama on March 11 Made 42 starts at designated hitter while seeing time at both third and second base Put together a 15-game hit streak from March 25 to April 15, hitting .400 with two homers and 17 RBIs in that stretch Shined at the NCAA Regional, hitting .375 (6-for-16) with two triples, two doubles and three runs scored, including two-hit efforts against nationally ranked UC Riverside and Arizona State Showed consistency throughout the Big 12 season, as he hit .323 with a homer and 21 RBIs while appearing in every conference contest Keyed an important 11-9 win at Kansas on May 19 by going 3-for-3 and scoring twice Was 5-for-12 in the series win over Baylor, including a 3-for-4 effort with a double and an RBI in NU’s 6-4 win on May 13 Hit .375 (3-for-8) with two walks and drove in two runs in the series loss against No. 18 Coastal Carolina, including a 2-for-4 effort in the opener on May 4 Was 3-for-9 with three walks, three runs scored and a pair of sacrifices in the series win over No. 23 Oklahoma Started at third against Iowa on April 10, going 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs Hit safely in all three games vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State, driving in three runs in the series-clinching win on April 7 Was 6-for-12 with four RBIs and three runs scored at Texas A&M, highlighted by a 2-for-3 effort with an RBI triple and a three-run double in the opener on March 30 Carried the Huskers to a win over Missouri on March 26, going 3-for-5 with a homer and six RBIs, all of which came in one inning, as he hit a grand slam and later added a two-run double Hit .333 (3-for-9) with a double, four RBIs and a pair of walks in the series at Texas Tech Scorched No. 22 Alabama with a .728 average (8-for-11) with a homer, two doubles and three RBIs earning Big 12 Player-of-the-Week honors for his performance Was 5-for-5 against the Crimson Tide on March 10, tying a Sewell-Thomas Stadium record for most hits in a game, while delivering the tying homer in the seventh and the game-winning RBI in the ninth in a 4-3 win Had a pair of doubles in a 6-5 win over the Crimson Tide in the series finale on March 11 Recorded his first multiple-hit game against Illinois State on Feb. 18, going 3-for-3 with an RBI in NU’s win.
Palomar College/Cal State-Northridge/Mt. Carmel High School: Tezak earned junior college All-America honors playing for Coach Buck Taylor at Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif. Captured first-team junior college All-America honors from the California Community Colleges Coaches Association in 2006, hitting .386 with a homer and 35 RBIs Earned first-team Pacific Coast Conference laurels, as he finished second in the league in hitting and led his team to a 31-16 record and the PCC title Led Palomar in both hits (60) and doubles (16), ranked second in both runs scored (35) and stolen bases (15-of-16) Began his collegiate career at Cal-State Northridge, where he hit .317 with 19 RBIs and 26 runs scored during his freshman season Earned first-team All-Acocado League honors as a senior, hitting .360 for Coach John Holmes at Mt. Carmel High School.
Personal: Born on Feb. 23, 1986, in Atwater, Calif. Parents are Sharon and Gary Caradonna Has one sister (Jennifer) and three brothers (Joey, John and Sean) Received his degree in political science from Nebraska in December of 2008, and is in his first semester of graduate school Comes from an athletic background, as his brother (Sean) played football at UC-Davis, while his oldest brother (Joey) wrestled at the University of Mary in North Dakota.