Sneaky good

Nebraska redshirt freshman wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp worked with the first-team offensive some on Monday.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska redshirt freshman Jordan Westerkamp is classified by wide receivers coach Rich Fisher as "sneaky."

When you watch Westerkamp's high school film or see him on the practice field, he doesn't look flashy. His speed won't blow you away.

But Fisher is quick to point out – Westerkamp just gets open. He's one of those "sneaky athletes," demonstrated in this Youtube video of him windmill dunking a basketball at just 6-foot tall.

"I knew he had great leaping ability, but in the game of football it doesn't always equate to on the field performance," said Fisher. "I would categorize Westerkamp as sneaky. Sneaky fast, sneaky get open. When you watch him, it's not like he's Kenny Bell or Alonzo (Moore), taking the top off. But he finds a way to get open.

"He's exactly what I thought he was when we recruited him. He's a kid who knows how to get open and catches everything that comes his way. He's very efficient and is playing that way."

On Monday, Westerkamp was thrown in with the first-team offense during practice, without being told by Fisher until they were on the field.

"I wanted to see him go and how he would react," said Fisher. "He did a great job. He's going to help us.

"He's just now starting to get an opportunity. I think in the fall last year, it came so fast to him. Like most kids in high school, they think they know, but they don't know until they get here. Until they see the speed of the game and the amount of install you have it's tough and overwhelming. Especially in a short period of time.

"When you get a year to sit in the room, hear me coach, see the plays, and watch the tape, the light sort of comes on for guys. That's where he is at."

Westerkamp is the state of Illinois' all-time leader in receptions (235), receiving yards (4,618) and receiving touchdowns (68). He was a first-team USA Today All-American coming out of high school and chose Nebraska over a double-digit offer list.

The wide receiver position is a bit crammed, with the Huskers' top three receiving targets back from last year, but something tells me Westerkamp will find his way on the field in 2013.

An image of Wes Welker comes to mind when this reporter sees the redshirt freshman play.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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