Honors & Awards
Fullback C.J. Zimmerer completed his Husker career in the 2013 season. Zimmerer was a key contributor at the fullback spot throughout his Nebraska career, while also contributing on special teams. Zimmerer played in his 41st career game in the Huskers’ Gator Bowl win over Georgia.
In addition to his on-field contributions, Zimmerer has made a significant mark in the classroom and community during his time at Nebraska. The Omaha native graduated with a 3.76 grade-point average in criminology and criminal justice in December of 2012, and earned second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors this season. Zimmerer also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the third straight season in 2013.
Zimmerer was one of 11 FBS football student-athletes named to the American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team for his community outreach efforts. In January, Zimmerer was honored by Uplifting Athletes as its 2014 winner of the Rare Disease Champion Award. He joined Rex Burkhead as NU’s second winner of the honor in the past three years.
Zimmerer had a two-yard reception against UCLA, and was a starter on the kickoff return squad. He had two kickoff returns for 15 yards.
2010 (Redshirt Freshman)
Before Nebraska (Omaha Gross HS)
His performance as a senior helped Gross to a 9-2 record and a trip to the second round of the Class B state playoffs. Zimmerer was named to the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State first team as a fullback, while the Omaha World-Herald made him a first-team All-Nebraska pick at linebacker. He was also the honorary captain of the World-Herald's Class B all-state defense. During his junior season, he ran for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 88 carries, while making 123 tackles, including five sacks on defense. His play as a junior earned him first-team Class B all-state honors from both the state's largest papers. He also started on the Cougar defense during his sophomore season.
Zimmerer also played basketball at Gross prior to his senior season and competed for the Cougars' track team. He was one of the first players to join the 2009 recruiting class, committing to the Huskers in May 2008.
Zimmerer's Career Statistics
» Games Played -- 41 (3 in 2010; 11 in 2011; 14 in 2012; 13 in 2013)
» Games Started -- 7 (1 in 2012; 6 in 2013)
» Rushing -- 4 carries, 18 yards, 0 TDs (all in 2012)
» Receiving -- 2 catches, 8 yards, 0 TDs (1 catch, 6 yards in 2012; 1 catch, 2 yards in 2013)