Honors & Awards
Westerkamp earned a permanent place in Nebraska football history last season, catching a game-winning Hail Mary pass on the final play of a victory over Northwestern. However, one catch was far from the only contribution by the Chicago native as a redshirt freshman.
Westerkamp is blessed with great hands, and was a dependable receiving target for Husker quarterbacks. He finished the year fourth on the team in receptions and third in receiving yards. He made 16 of his 20 catches in Big Ten play, including four games with at least three catches.
Westerkamp earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for Nebraska in 2013.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Westerkamp caught four passes for 30 yards in the season’s first five games, before becoming a bigger part of the passing game. He made three receptions for 53 yards at Purdue and added three catches at Minnesota. Westerkamp had a career-best day against Northwestern with four catches for 104 yards, and capped the day with his only touchdown of the season on the Hail Mary catch to supply the winning points.
He caught a 27-yard pass at Michigan, then had a season-high five catches for 62 yards at Penn State. Westerkamp had a season-long 19-yard punt return at Minnesota, and had a 17-yard return vs. Michigan.
Westerkamp redshirted in his first season in the program in 2012.
Before Nebraska (Montini Catholic HS)
Westerkamp was a record-setting receiver at Montini Catholic High School in Illinois. Westerkamp is the state’s all-time leader in receptions (235), receiving yards (4,618) and receiving touchdowns (68). Westerkamp helped lead Coach Chris Andriano’s team to state titles each of his final three seasons, capped by a memorable performance in his final prep game. In the 2011 Class 5A state title game against Joliet Catholic, Westerkamp had 12 catches for 353 yards and five touchdowns, leading his team to a 70-45 victory.
The championship game effort capped a senior year that saw him catch 91 passes for 1,659 yards and 29 touchdowns. Westerkamp received numerous honors, highlighted by being chosen a first-team USA Today All-American. He was also the Illinois Player of the Year by both the Chicago Tribune and ESPN Chicago, the Suburban Christian Conference Player of the Year and an all-state and all-metro selection.
As a junior, Westerkamp caught 89 passes for 1,631 yards and 23 touchdowns, helping Montini to a 12-2 record and a Class 5A state title. He had seven catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns in the 2010 state championship game. His play as a junior earned Westerkamp first-team 5A all-state honors from the Illinois Coaches Association.
Westerkamp burst onto the scene with 51 receptions for 1,156 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore, including a 99-yard touchdown. He had a touchdown catch in the Class 5A state title game, helping Montini cap a 10-4 season and the first of three straight titles.
Following his senior season, Westerkamp participated in the Semper Fi Marines All-America Bowl in Arizona. He was listed among the top 10 players in Illinois by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and was regarded as one of the top 50 receivers in the country, while Scout.com listed him among the nation’s top 250 overall prospects. Westerkamp chose Nebraska over Notre Dame and had dozens of other scholarship offers, including Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern and West Virginia.
Westerkamp is the son of Robert and Kimberly Westerkamp, and was born on June 23, 1994. His father also starred at Montini Catholic and collegiately at Illinois. Westerkamp is a business administration major, and has twice earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Westerkamp has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Hotline, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 and team hospital and community rec center outreach events.
Westerkamp's Career Statistics
Rushing: 2 carries, 10 yards, 0 TDs, 5.0 average, long of 7 vs. SDSU (2013)
Punt Returns: 19 returns, 51 yards, 0 TDs, 2.7 average, long of 19 at Minnesota (2013)
» Receptions – 5 at Penn State (2013)
» Receiving Yards – 104 vs. Northwestern (2013)
» Touchdowns – 1 vs. Northwestern (2013)