LINCOLN, Neb. - In 2013 as a redshirt freshman, Nebraska receiver Jordan Westerkamp managed only 2.7 yards per return as a Husker punt returner. With De'Mornay Pierson-El out six to eight weeks, the Huskers are turning to Westerkamp again.
He's eager to show things are different this time around.
Giving the politically correct answer, Westerkamp wouldn't blame the scheme or the lack of blockers for his struggles in 2013, but going back and watching the film it was obvious things weren't working well. It's why the Nebraska coaching staff put as much effort in as they did on special teams going into last season.
"There were some ups and downs, a lot of adversity, but I learned a lot from it," said Westerkamp. "Two years ago it was a roller coaster ride."
Nebraska special teams coach Bruce Read has confidence in Westekamp.
"I think he is solid," said Read. "Very dependable. I'm very happy with him. We felt like we had two solid kids and now one solid one and we are developing. It's very important we keep him healthy and keep him back there, so we can make it look like football."
In addition, Nebraska senior Jamal Turner and true freshman Avery Anderson are vying for the spot.