Honors & Awards
- Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2010)
- Nebraska Walk-On MVP (2010)
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010)
Senior wide receiver Joe Broekemeier played a reserve role for the Huskers in 2010, and stepped up late in the year when called upon. After not seeing action in the season’s first 11 games, the 6-4, 210-pound Broekemeier moved into a key role in the receiving corps in the final two games after Niles Paul was sidelined with a foot injury.
Broekemeier was kept on the sideline for much of the season due to nagging injuries of his own, but continued to progress in practice, giving the coaching staff the confidence to insert him into the lineup. Broekemeier was one of 14 seniors playing in the bowl game as a graduate after he earned his business administration degree in December.
Broekemeier caught three passes each against Colorado and Oklahoma, and his six receptions totaled 49 yards. He had 34 receiving yards, including a 17-yard catch against the Buffs, then added 15 receiving yards in the Big 12 title game.
Broekemeier joined the football program during fall camp and worked as a reserve quarterback on the scout team.
Husker Baseball Career
Broekemeier was a pitcher for the NU baseball team from 2007 to 2009. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2007, then missed the 2008 season because of a back injury. Broekemeier appeared in eight games in 2009, compiling a 1-0 record with a 5.60 ERA. In 10.2 innings, he allowed only nine hits as opposing batters hit just .243 against him. In his seven relief appearances, Broekemeier posted a 1.69 ERA.
Before Nebraska (Aurora HS)
Broekemeier was selected as the Grand Island Independent's Boys High School Athlete of the Year in 2005-06 and rated as the top baseball player in the state for the 2006 MLB Draft by Baseball America. In football, he helped Aurora to back-to-back state playoff berths in 2004 and 2005.
Broekemeier was a two-way performer on the diamond, going 4-2 with a 2.19 ERA on the mound. Offensively, he hit .480 with nine homers, 49 RBIs, 49 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. In basketball, he was a four-year starter at point guard, setting a school record with 1,334 career points and leading Aurora to back-to-back state tournament showings. Broekemeier ran track for four seasons, placing fourth in the state in the 200 meters and anchoring the 4x400 relay to a state runner-up showing.
Broekemeier was born on April 8, 1987, in Central City, Neb. His parents are Dale and Karla Broekemeier and his father was a wrestler at Nebraska-Kearney. Broekemeier is a two-time Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll selection.