Honors & Awards
• Four Letters (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
• Team Captain (2021)
• 2021 NCAA All-Fayetteville Region Team
• Big Ten Player of the Week (3/10/20)
• Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2019, 2021)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020; Spring 2017, 2018, 2019) 

2020: Joe Acker started all 15 games in center field before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic • Was one of four Huskers to start all 15 games in 2020, along with Aaron Palensky, Cam Chick and Spencer Schwellenbach • Batted .306 (15-for-49), ranking second on the team behind only Leighton Banjoff (.341) • Notched three doubles, two home runs, 12 runs scored and eight RBIs, while leading the team with four sacrifice bunts • Ended the season on a team-high seven-game hitting streak • Had three multi-hit efforts, including a 3-for-6 performance in the season opener at Baylor on Feb. 14 • Slugged his first career home run on March 1 at Arizona State • Smashed his second home run on March 7 during the second game of a doubleheader against Columbia • Earned Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honors on March 10.

2019: Acker had a breakout season as a junior and was awarded the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Nebraska • Made 44 starts in center field and appeared in 46 games overall • Batted .260 (44-for-169), ranking fourth on the team in batting average and hits • Laced eight doubles, third-most on the team • Tallied eight stolen bases, second-most on the team • Compiled 25 runs scored, 20 RBIs and one triple • Had 14 multi-hit games, third-most on the team, and six multi-RBI performances, tied for fourth-most on the team • Season-long seven-game hitting streak spanned from March 22 to April 5, when he went 14-for-30 during that stretch • Delivered the walk-off single against Illinois on April 27 before going 2-for-4 with two RBIs the following day against the Fighting Illini • Had at least one hit in each game of the UC Riverside series, going 4-for-11 with two doubles • Went 3-for-4 against Oregon State on Feb. 24 • During the Michigan State series, he went 4-for-7 with a triple, a double and three RBIs • Had at least one hit in each game during the Minnesota series, going 5-for-13 with a double and two RBIs • Matched his season-high single-game hit total with three singles against Purdue on April 5 • Scored three runs as part of a 2-for-5 day at Omaha on April 17 • Tallied one hit in all three games of the Northwestern series • Went 2-for-4 in the Big Ten Tournament championship game against Ohio State on May 26.

2018: Acker started 15 games in center field and made 24 appearances overall • Batted .192 (10-for-52) with three RBIs and nine runs scored • Went 1-for-2 against Nevada on April 28 with one RBI and one run scored • Went 1-for-3 with one run scored at Rutgers on April 21 • Scored a run as part of a 1-for-3 day at Ohio State on March 30 • Went 1-for-4 with an RBI against Minnesota on March 24 • Had a hit in each of his two starts during the Cal Poly series and scored two runs • Went 1-for-5 with an RBI against Utah on Feb. 23.

2017: Acker made 15 showings, including three starts in the outfield, during his first year at Nebraska • Hit .154 (2-for-13) with three runs scored and two RBIs • Made his Husker debut on March 4 against Arkansas, where he drew two walks and had an RBI • First start was the second game of a doubleheader at Cal Poly on March 25, where he went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI • Went 1-for-1 against Kansas State on March 28.

Before Nebraska: A native of Waukesha, Wis., Acker joined the Huskers from Marquette High School, where he led the Hilltoppers to a 27-8 record and a runner-up finish at the 2016 state tournament under Coach Sal Bando Jr. • Ranked by Perfect Game as a top-300 overall player in the country and the No. 45 outfielder • Tabbed as the No. 4 overall player in the state of Wisconsin and the No. 1 outfielder in the state • Was a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable-Mention All-American and second-team All-Central Region pick • Played summer ball for the GRB Rays, which produced former Huskers Alex Henwood and Scott Schreiber.

Personal: Born on April 15, 1998 in Waukesha, Wis. • Parents are Mary Acker and Mike Acker • Has one sister, Kate, and one brother, Luke • Earned his bachelor's degree as a finance major at Nebraska in May of 2021.