Lincoln, NE - With expectations to contribute in 2012, Nebraska freshman Jordan Westerkamp hasn't wasted time trying to impress position coach Rich Fisher.
On Tuesday, the second-year wide receiver coach was asked about the Illinois product's first fall camp.
“I don't know if he's dropped a pass all camp. We track that for those guys and have a penalty system here in fall camp for that,” said Fisher. “Smart kid, diligent worker, great in the classroom. He has tremendous ball skills.
“He's going to be a great player for us.”
Much like Nebraska did with Jamal Turner in 2011, Westerkamp is learning just one receiver spot now, with plans to give him a higher workload when he gets comfortable with his current spot. While Westerkamp might have once projected to be an early playing time prospect, it appears it's closer to 50/50 now on if he will be playing in 2012, with a large talent pool at wide receiver currently.
“We are not asking him to learn three positions, but just one and get a base understanding of what his role is. It doesn't mean he hasn't made mistakes, we all make mistakes, and obviously when you are new in the system you are going to make more mistakes than a guy like Quincy (Enunwa) or Kenny (Bell) who have been doing it for a while. Or even Tim (Marlowe), who knows the offense probably just as good as any of the coaches.
“That's my goal and expectations for the group and he's a long way from that, but he's got all the skill set we look for to be a great wide receiver. I'm glad he's on our team.”
The four-star high school prospect had 91 catches, for 1661 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2011 – leading his Montini Catholic squad to an Illinois State Championship.