· 1987 Co-Captain
· 1987 First-Team All-American (AP, Kodak, Football News, Football Writers)
· 1987 Second-Team All-American (UPI)
· 1987 First-Team All-Big 8 (AP)
· 1987 Second-Team All-Big 8 (UPI)
· 1987 Academic All-Big 8
· 1987 Big 8 Offensive Player-of-the-Week (Oklahoma State)
· 1987 CBS Leadership Award (Oklahoma State)
· 1986 Honorable Mention All-American (AP)
· 1986 Second-Team All-Big 8 (AP, UPI)
A three-year starter for Nebraska, co-captain John McCormick continues a Nebraska tradition by earning consensus All-America honor in 1987, marking the eight time in the 1980’s alone that a Husker offensive lineman earned All-America status (AP, Kodak, Football News, Football Writers, Second-Team UPI). McCormick was the leader of an offensive line which powered the Huskers to 373.5 rushing yards per game (third in the NCAA), 489.0 total-offense yards per game (second) and 38.5 points per game (third). A nearly-flawless performer all year, McCormick earned a rare honor for a lineman when he was named Big 8 Offensive Player-of-the-Week following the Huskers’ 35-0 win at then-12th–ranked Oklahoma State. Against the Cowboys, he graded a perfect 2.0 on all 65 of his plays as Nebraska amassed 617 total-offense yards. He was the first individual lineman to receive that ward in 15 years. A scholar, McCormick was named to the Academic All-Big 8 squad. John is one of three Huskers who started against Michigan in the 1986 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl. The others are strong safety Brian Washington and reserve cornerback McCathorn Clayton (who started at quarterback against the Wolverines).
A second-team All-Big 8 selection by both wire services as he helped Nebraska rank second in the nation in rushing at 305.5 yards per game. Husker coaches say McCormick is Nebraska’s best offensive guard since Dean Steinkuhler, who won the Outland in 1983.
As a sophomore, John helped the Huskers average 374.3 yards per game on the ground as Nebraska led the nation in rushing for the fourth time in six years.
Redshirt Freshman (1984)
Recruited out of Omaha Gross High School in 1983, he started at right guard for the fall’s 5-0 Husker freshman team, then redshirted in 1984.
Before Nebraska (Omaha Gross HS)
Parade All-American for Coach Stan Macaitis at Gross in 1982, he was also a two-time all-metro and all-state choice. Earned three prep letters each in football, track and wrestling. Second in the state as a junior heavyweight, losing in the finals to Stan Parker, who started at left guard for the Huskers. National Honor Society member at Gross.
Son of Tom and Nancy McCormick. Older brother, Kevin, was an offensive lineman at Nebraska. Born Jan. 26, 1965, in Fort Belvior, Va.