Honors & Awards
Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2008; Spring 2009; Fall 2009)
2010: Nate Kerkhoff redshirted during the 2010 season and has three years of eligibility remaining.
2009: Kerkhoff provided the Huskers with a valuable reliever as a true freshman, going 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA in 16 games • Ranked third on the Husker pitching staff in relief appearances while 11 of his 16 outings went at least one inning • Tossed a scoreless inning of work against Missouri on May 2 • Turned in a dominant effort against Iowa on April 14, striking out all four hitters he faced - setting a career high in the process - to earn a hold in NU’s 8-5 win • Pitched twice against No. 9 Texas, going a season-long 2.1 innings with two strikeouts on April 10 • Worked a scoreless ninth inning against Creighton on April 7 • Went two innings against Kansas State in the series opener on April 3 • Tossed two shutout innings in a long relief effort at Wichita State on March 31, scattering a pair of hits • Made two appearances against No. 11 Oklahoma State, allowing one hit over 2.1 innings, including his only decision of the year • Fired 1.2 innings of shutout ball versus No. 11 Oklahoma State on March 22 • Picked up his first collegiate win against the Cowboys on March 20, not allowing a run in 0.2 innings of work • Tossed 1.2 innings of shutout relief at No. 15 Arkansas on March 17 • Pitched for Junction City in the Ban Johnson League over the summer.
Blue Valley High School: Kerkhoff was one of the best pitchers in the metro Kansas City area playing for Coach Matt Ortman at Blue Valley High School • Was a four-year performer, guiding BVHS to a Kansas Class 6A state title and a 19-6 record in 2008 • Collected second-team all-state honors from the Kansas Baseball Coaches Association as a senior, going 8-2 with a 1.24 ERA • Established a school record for wins, fanned 55 over 62 innings and tossed four complete-game shutouts, highlighted by a 24 consecutive inning shutout streak • Hit .329 with 22 RBIs, including three of his team’s four runs in a 4-0 victory over Goddard in the state title game • Selected to the all-state team on two occasions and was also a two-time All-Johnson County honoree by the Kansas City Star • Finished his career holding school records for wins (22), innings pitched (199.2) and ERA (2.25) as he went 22-6 with 169 strikeouts and seven shutouts during his high school career • Played three years of football, earning all-conference recognition as a junior and senior • Started at quarterback as a junior following a teammate’s injury and guided Blue Valley to a pair of playoff wins, as he threw and rushed for a touchdown in both games to help the school to a state title in 2006 • Stood out for his classroom achievements, as he was on the honor roll throughout high school and was an advance placement scholar.
Personal: Born on Sept. 22, 1989, in Kansas City, Mo. • Parents are Blair and Karen Kerkhoff • Has one sister (Anna) and one brother (Ben) • Majored in international studies and earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in August of 2012.