LINCOLN, Neb. - As expected, Nebraska junior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp has become the Huskers' biggest threat in the passing game this season and will have extra motivation for a big game this weekend at Illinois.
A native of the Prairie State, Westerkamp will be playing in front of likely 30+ family members and friends in Memorial Stadium - a field he knows quite well.
Westerkamp played three state championships with Montini Catholic at Memorial Stadium during his days in the prep ranks.
"I’m always looking forward to going there and player there again. It’ll be exciting," said Westerkamp. "Sometimes you go to these stadiums at away games and you’re not really familiar with it and it’s uncomfortable, but like I said, I’ve played there a bunch already. I’m going to be real comfortable and I’m just really looking forward to it.”
In the 2011 Class 5A state title game against Joliet Catholic, when he had 12 catches for 353 yards and five touchdowns in a 70-45 victory. Overall, Westerkamp had nine touchdown catches in his three state championship games.
It will also give Jordan a chance to beat his dad's, Robert, alma mater for the third time in his career.
“I did [consider going there]. It was one of my first offers when I was a sophomore in high school," said Westerkamp. "As an in-state guy I got an offer from them. I definitely considered it. I visited there. I liked it but when I came here, obviously I liked it better.”
Through four games, Westerkamp has already recorded 26 catfhes for 351 yards and four touchdowns.