Jordan Westerkamp will never play in another game for Nebraska.
That’s an odd reality for a player who has been a staple in Lincoln for the past four years. But Mike Riley said on Thursday that Westerkamp will miss the Music City Bowl after tearing his meniscus in practice.
“We obviously hate to lose Jordan,” Riley said on Thursday. “It was a non-contact, making a cut. You know and exactly what happened, there weren’t any ligaments involved, which I suppose is good. It involved his meniscus.”
Westerkamp’s injury-riddled 2016 season ended with 38 catches for 526 yards and five touchdowns. His Nebraska career ended with 167 catches for 2,474 yards and 18 touchdowns.
He finished 14 catches and 115 receiving yards short of becoming Nebraska’s all-time leader in both categories, which belongs to Kenny Bell. Westerkamp did set the Nebraska single-season record for receptions (65) in 2015 and he tied the school record for 100-yard games in a season (4).
The former walk-on also made one of the more memorable catches in school history back in 2013:
Replacing Westerkamp in the slot will be Brandon Reilly, who has had a few highlight-reel catches of his own. The Huskers could also be without Westerkamp’s roommate, quarterback Tommy Armstrong, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury.
The good news for Westerkamp is that he should be able to go through the NFL draft evaluation process:
Riley: "Jordan will be healed in time to be tested & evaluated before the draft… A little bit of residual good news out of some bad news."
— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) December 15, 2016