Yeah, if you asked about Jordan Westerkamp‘s biggest contribution to Husker football in 2013, his heads up catch against Northwestern is the likely answer. Quincy Enunwa and Kenny Bell led the Big Red in receiving by a large margin, but No. 1 is going to be a vital part of the Huskers’ success in 2014.
His redshirt freshman numbers were good considering the ball was spread around to a number of backs, wide outs and tight ends. 20 snags for 283 yards and one score (THE score) isn’t a bad year considering the receiver with the next best statistics is projected to be the face of the corps heading into the season.
While Bell can stretch the field, Westerkamp can be one of a young quarterback’s most reliable safety valves.
Even his Huskers.com bio mentions his reliable mitts and while Taariq Allen showed acrobatics this spring, Westerkamp showed off his natural Stick’Em in camp.
Last season, he was looked to primarly on second and third downs with nine catches for 129 yards and seven catches for 110, respectively.
When the Huskers were faced with third down and 10-plus yards to go, he was clutch with four receptions of 15 yards or more.
Look for other receivers to be the Nebraska quarterback’s best friend when going deep, but Westerkamp can help move the chains to help them gain confidence early in games.
It’s because of this that I see his reception count rising along with his yardage total. While his yards per catch average dips, his touchdown number inflates.
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