Honors & Awards
- Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012; Spring 2012, 2013)
Wyoming: Played against the Cowboys, but did not record a reception. Southern Miss: Hauled in a touchdown on his first career reception... Caught a 26-yard pass from Taylor Martinez following an interception by Ciante Evans in the third quarter. UCLA: Saw time against the Bruins, but did not record a catch. SDSU: Caught one pass on the day, a 16-yard TD reception from Ron Kellogg III. Illinois: Did not record a catch against the Illini. Purdue: Played in his 10th career game, but didn’t record a catch. Minnesota: Played againt the Gophers, but didn’t record a reception. Northwestern: Caught three passes for 20 yards on the afternoon, including a pair of passes on the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. Michigan: Was targeted off the bench, but didn’t record a catch. Michigan State: Made the most of his first career start, hauling in five passes for 86 yards, both career highs... reeled in his third touchdown of the season in the first quarter on a career-long 32-yard reception.
Sophomore receiver Sam Burtch will hope to crack the Nebraska receiving rotation in 2013, a group that figures to be among the Big Ten and nation’s best. A walk-on, Burtch added depth at receiver last season and saw action in four contests.
The 6-3,195-pound Burtch has good size and outstanding speed, giving NU another weapon in the passing game. Burtch has excelled in the classroom during his first two years, earning academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012.
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.
Burch redshirted in his first year and worked as a scout team receiver.
Before Nebraska (Elmwood-Murdoch HS)
Burtch joined the Husker program as a receiver from Elmwood-Murdock High School, where he starred at receiver for Coach Leigh Schmale. Burtch earned first-team Class C-2 all-state honors from both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald in 2010. Burtch 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.
The 2010 season marked the fourth straight year the school reached at least the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Burtch also caught eight touchdown passes as part of his 26 receptions as a junior. At the 2011 Shrine Bowl, Burtch caught four passes for a total of 76 yards, including two touchdown receptions of 12 and 40 yards. Both touchdown passes were thrown by fellow redshirt freshman Tyson Broekemeier.
On the track, Burtch won 11 total medals in three seasons with the track team. He won the Class C 800 meters at the 2010 and 2011 Nebraska state track meets and was a three-time silver medalist in the 400 meters. Burtch also posted first-, second- and third-place finishes as a member of Elmwood-Murdock's 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams. Burtch also added to his medal total in the 200 meters.
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 math education and is a four-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Burtch has been active in community outreach, volunteering with local hospital and school visits and with Husker Heroes.
» Receptions – 1 vs. Southern Miss (2013), vs. SDSU (2013)
» Receiving Yards – 26 vs. Southern Miss (2013)
» Touchdowns – 1 vs. Southern Miss (2013), vs. SDSU 2013)