Despite the program's storied history, Nebraska has never had a 1,000 yard receiver in a single season. Junior Jordan Westerkamp might be on his way to becoming the first.
The former Scout.com four-star recuit had 107 yards in the Huskers' opening game against BYU, but the run at 1,000 goes well beyond just a first game. The chemistry between Westerkamp and quarterback Tommy Armstrong was at a new level this fall - even higher than a year ago, when the two hooked up 44 times for 747 yards.
A former high school All-American, Westerkamp is still the state of Illinois' leader when it comes to receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. He's been doing things other receivers haven't been able to accomplish his entire football career.
“He’s reliable and gifted," said head coach Mike Riley. "You can see quarterbacks like to throw to guys like that and they know where they’re going to be and he makes the plays when you throw him the ball. He’s a great competitor, great team guy. He does a lot of things for the team.”
Despite having a reserve role his freshman year, Westerkamp is now 15th in school history in receiving yards. He needs just 250 more yards to crack the top ten with a whole senior season to go.
With a new offensive scheme and an improved quarterback, look for Westerkamp to jump inside the top ten in just a few weeks. Look for him to also have the single-season receiving yards record at Nebraska later this year...somewhere a little over 1,000.