After redshirting his first year on campus, Jordan Westerkamp, a Montini graduate from Lombard, had a big impact for Nebraska's football team last year.
The 6-foot tall wide receiver was third on the Cornhuskers with 283 receiving yards and became the team's primary punt returner. His Hail Mary reception against Northwestern won the game on the last play of the game.
Westerkamp recently talked with Suburban Life reporter Dan Santaromita about his first season on the field in college football, his summer of preparation for this year, and what lies ahead.
Santaromita: What was your summer schedule like?
Westerkamp: Throughout our summer we had our strength and conditioning program where we were lifting weights and conditioning and doing our speed workouts. We reported for fall camp Sunday, so we're pretty much done with that now.
Santaromita: Nebraska is known for its fan base. What have you noticed about Nebraska fans?
Westerkamp: It's awesome. The fan base here is so amazing. There's so many people that are a part of it throughout the entire nation. Our Fan Day [which was August 1] is a great day to have where we get to connect to fans and show our appreciation to them as well because they are very loyal and they do so much for us.
Santaromita: Was the Hail Mary catch against Northwestern the biggest cheer you've ever received for a catch?
Westerkamp: Yeah, absolutely. 90,000 people here for that one. I was fortunate to have that play happen. It was a great experience and a great time, but I don't like to dwell on the past too much. I'm looking forward now to this season.
Santaromita: Are you expecting to have a little bigger impact on the team this season?
Westerkamp: I just want to be able to contribute as much as possible to help the success of the team. Last year was a great year to get my feet wet and get playing time. I enjoyed it. I made some mistakes, made some plays, learned from it so now I'm just going into another year with a little bit more experience.
Santaromita: Do you still keep track of things at Montini at all?
Westerkamp: Yeah, I stay in touch with my old head coach Chris Andriano. I always stay in touch with him. I try to stay in touch with him during the season, but it's hard because our season is going on as well. I was able to get home and visit there this past May and go say hi to all my coaches and see some old friends, so that was good.
Santaromita: What are your goals for this upcoming season?
Westerkamp: Our team goal is to win the Big Ten and win a national championship. Starting with fall camp and this past summer we're going to do everything we can to achieve that.
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