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Jordan Westerkamp
Player Profile:
Jordan Westerkamp 804875
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Lombard, Ill.
High School: Montini Catholic
Major: Management

Honors & Awards
» First-Team All-Big Ten (Phil Steele, 2015)
» Second-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media, Associated Press, 2015)
» Third-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches, 2016)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Media, 2016)

» Team Captain (2015, 2016)
» 2016 Guy Chamberlain Trophy
» Biletnikoff Award Watch List (2015, 2016)
» Nebraska Record for Season Receptions by a Receiver (65, 2015)
» Nebraska Record for 100-Yard Receiving Games, Season (tied record, 4 in 2015)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2013, 2014, 2016)
» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013)
» Big Ten Freshman of the Week (vs. Northwestern, 2013)
» Five-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» ESPN College Football Play of the Year (Reception vs. Florida Atlantic, 2014)
» Sports Science Newton Award for Outstanding Reaction (2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)

Westerkamp's Nebraska Receiving Rankings
» Season Receptions, 2nd (65 receptions, 2015)
» Season Receiving Yards, 3rd (918 yards, 2015)
» Season 100-Yard Receiving Games, tie-1st (4 100-yard games, 2015)
» Season Touchdown Receptions, 10th (7, 2015)
» Consecutive Games with a Reception, 2nd (36 consecutive games)
» Career Receptions, 2nd (167 receptions)
» Career Receiving Yards, 4th (2,474 yards)
» Career Touchdown Receptions, 4th (18 TD)
» Career 100-Yard Receiving Games, tie-2nd (8 100-yard games)

Receiver Jordan Westerkamp had one of the most productive careers for a Nebraska receiver, leaving his mark throughout the Husker record book. The Chicago native was a Nebraska fan favorite since his freshman season and was a leader for the Huskers on and off the field. The 6-0, 200-pound Westerkamp was a captain as both a junior and senior, and earned All-Big Ten honors his final two seasons.

Westerkamp capped his Nebraska career with 167 receptions for 2,474 yards and 18 receiving touchdowns. His receptions total is second in Nebraska history, while his receiving yardage and touchdown totals both ranked fourth on the career charts. He was just the fourth player in school history with 2,000 receiving yards, joining Kenny Bell, Johnny Rodgers and Nate Swift. Westerkamp has great hands, allowing him to make the difficult catches routine. He grabbed headlines throughout his career, first with a game-winning Hail Mary touchdown catch against Northwestern in 2013. He has added several highlight-reel catches since, including a behind-the-back reception against Florida Atlantic in 2014 that earned Westerkamp ESPN’s College Football Play of the Year. 

Westerkamp had one of the most productive receiving seasons in Nebraska history as a junior in 2015 with 65 catches for 918 yards in 2015, good for the second and third-highest totals in school history, respectively, in those categories. Westerkamp’s effort in 2015 earned him second-team All-Big Ten honors and he earned third-team accolades as a senior despite battling a series of injuries.  

Off the field, Westerkamp was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and earned his degree in management in December of 2016.

2016 (Senior)
Westerkamp played in 10 games as a senior, missing two games at midseason and the bowl game against Tennessee because of injury. Despite missing three contests, Westerkamp led the Huskers with 38 receptions, 526 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He caught at least one pass in all 10 games, extending his streak of games with a reception to 36 straight to end his career. Westerkamp was a third-team All-Big Ten choice by the conference coaches, and an honorable-mention pick by the media.

Against Wyoming, Westerkamp had four catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns, then added a pair of touchdown catches in the win over Oregon. The two-touchdown efforts against Wyoming and Oregon were the first multiple-TD games of his Husker career. His biggest catch against the Ducks came late in the fourth quarter, when he caught a strike from Tommy Armstrong Jr. on a 4th-and-9 play to keep the game-winning drive alive.

In his hometown, Westerkamp had a 10-yard touchdown run against Northwestern, before catching four balls for 65 yards against Illinois before leaving late in the contest with an injury. He missed the following two games, before returning with three catches for 62 yards at Wisconsin. He had four catches for 51 yards at Ohio State and made six receptions for 50 yards in a win over Minnesota. Westerkamp closed his home career in style on Senior Day, with a season-high eight catches for 85 yards, including a four-yard touchdown grab. He had four receptions for 50 yards at Iowa, before suffering a knee injury in bowl practice that kept him out of his final game with the Huskers. 

2015 (Junior)
Westerkamp played in all 13 games and led the team with 65 receptions for 918 yards and seven touchdowns. Westerkamp’s 918 receiving yards were just 24 shy of the NU season yardage record and his 65 catches were the most ever for a Nebraska wide receiver and second-most by any player in school history.

He recorded four 100-yard receiving games to tie a Nebraska season record and had seven games with at least five receptions, while catching at least one pass in every game. Westerkamp ranked sixth in the Big Ten in both receptions (5.0) and receiving yards per game (70.6), and earning second-team All-Big Ten honors.

Westerkamp caught a touchdown in each of the four non-conference games. He opened the season with seven catches for 107 yards and a 21-yard touchdown against BYU in the opener. A week later, he caught three passes, including a 22-yard touchdown, against South Alabama.

Westerkamp helped trigger Nebraska’s second-half rally at Miami with a 22-yard touchdown catch. He finished the day with five receptions for 95 yards, and also had a career-long 24-yard punt return. Westerkamp caught a career-high 11 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown against Southern Miss. The reception total tied for the third-most in Nebraska history.

Westerkamp had four straight games with five or more catches in Big Ten play, beginning with six catches for 76 yards at Minnesota. He added five catches for 92 yards a week later against Northwestern.

Against Purdue and Michigan State, Westerkamp produced back-to-back nine-catch games and topped the century mark in both contests. He had 123 receiving yards and a touchdown at Purdue. In the upset victory over the Spartans, Westerkamp had 143 receiving yards, including a 38-yard first-quarter touchdown to give NU a 10-0 lead. He had 83 receiving yards in the fourth quarter against MSU, and triggered NU’s game-winning drive with back-to-back catches of 28 and 33 yards.

Westerkamp caught his seventh touchdown of the season at Rutgers and had two catches in each of the final two games of the year.

2014 (Sophomore)
Westerkamp started nine games and was second on the team with 44 receptions for 747 yards and five touchdowns. His receiving yardage and receptions totals both ranked just outside of the top 10 on the Nebraska single-season charts. He recorded at least three catches seven times and had 100-yard receiving games against Florida Atlantic and Michigan State.

He opened the year with seven catches for 125 yards against FAU, including a 41-yard touchdown, setting then-career highs in both categories. Westerkamp and Kenny Bell became the first pair of wide receivers in school history to both top 100 receiving yards in the same game. Westerkamp had a team-high four catches for 61 yards in a win over McNeese State, including a 40-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Westerkamp caught a career-long 70-yard touchdown on the game’s third play at Fresno State. At Michigan State, Westerkamp had a career-high 158 receiving yards on a season-high nine catches, all in the second half. The nine catches are tied for the ninth-most in NU history, while the 158 yards were fifth-best in school history.

Westerkamp had a four-yard touchdown catch against Rutgers and added five receptions against Minnesota. He capped the year with three catches for 81 yards against USC in the Holiday Bowl, including a 65-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Westerkamp played in all 13 games, with a start against Georgia, and had 20 receptions for 283 yards and a touchdown. He was NU’s top punt returner for much of the season. His lone touchdown catch of 2013 will go down in Husker history, coming on a 49-yard Hail Mary pass to defeat Northwestern.

Westerkamp caught four passes for 30 yards in the season’s first five games, before becoming a bigger part of the passing game. He had three receptions for 53 yards at Purdue and also added three catches at Minnesota. Westerkamp had a season-best day against Northwestern with four catches for 104 yards, capped by the touchdown from Ron Kellogg III. He had a season-high five catches for 62 yards at Penn State.

2012 (Redshirt)
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. He is the state’s all-time leader in receptions (235), receiving yards (4,618) and receiving touchdowns (68). Westerkamp won state titles each of his final three seasons, capped by a memorable performance in the 2011 Class 5A state title game against Joliet Catholic, when he had 12 catches for 353 yards and five touchdowns in a 70-45 victory. Overall, Westerkamp had nine touchdown catches in his three state championship games.

Westerkamp caught 91 passes for 1,659 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior when was chosen as a first-team USA Today All-American and was the Illinois Player of the Year. Westerkamp made 89 catches for 1,631 yards and 23 touchdowns while earning first-team all-state accolades as a junior. As a sophomore, Westerkamp had 51 receptions for 1,156 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Westerkamp participated in the Semper Fi Marines All-America Bowl in Arizona. He was listed among the top 50 receivers in the country. Westerkamp chose Nebraska over Notre Dame and had dozens of other scholarship offers.

Personal
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 was a management major who graduated in December of 2016. He earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll five times. Westerkamp has twice been named to both the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship teams. Westerkamp has volunteered for numerous outreach events, including Uplifting Athletes, Husker Hotline, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60, and School is Cool Week.

Westerkamp's Career Statistics
Year G/S Rec. Yards Y/R Y/G Long TDs
2012       Redshirt      
2013 13/1 20 283 14.1 21.8 49 vs.Northwestern 1
2014 13/9 44 747 17.0 57.5 70 at Fresno State 5
2015 13/4 65 918 14.1 70.6 38 vs. Michigan State 7
2016 10/2 38 526 13.8 52.6 55 vs. Wyoming 5
Totals 49/16 167 2,474 14.8 50.5 70 at Fresno State 18
Rushing: 4 carries, 25 yards, 1 TD, 1 carry, 7 yards in 2013, 3 carries, 18 yards, TD in 2016 
Punt Returns: 25 returns, 112 yards, 4.5 average, long-24 at Miami (2015)
2015--6 returns, 61 yards, 10.2 average, long-24 at Miami
2013--19 returns, 51 yards, 0 TDs, 2.7 average, long of 19 at Minnesota (2013)


Single-Game Highs 
» Receptions – 11 vs. Southern Miss (2015)
» Receiving Yards – 158 at Michigan State (2014)
» Touchdowns – 2, vs. Wyoming, Oregon (2016) 
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