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#4 Tommy Armstrong Jr.
Honors & Awards
2016 NOVAK TROPHY WINNER
Tommy Armstrong Jr. was a four-year starting quarterback for Nebraska who set numerous school records. Armstrong started a school-record 44 games at quarterback and became just the third Husker quarterback to win 30 games. Armstrong owns Nebraska career records for passing yards (8,871), completions (625), touchdown passes (67), total offensive yards (10,690) and total touchdowns (91). He ended his career ranked third in Big Ten history in total touchdowns and seventh in total offensive yards. Armstrong set nearly 20 Nebraska records and also recorded three of the top eight passing and total offense seasons in Husker history.
Armstrong guided Nebraska to a 7-0 start before injuries derailed his season and forced him to sit out two of the Huskers’ final three games. Armstrong threw for 2,180 yards in 11 starts as a senior, while adding 512 rushing yards. He totaled 22 total touchdowns, including a career-high eight rushing touchdowns.
An honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection, Armstrong became Nebraska’s all-time leading passer with 200 yards passing in the Huskers’ upset of No. 22 Oregon.
Armstrong started 12 games in 2015. He threw for 3,030 yards and 22 touchdowns. In the running game, Armstrong rushed for 400 yards and seven touchdowns. His 3,430 yards of total offense ranked as the third-highest total in school history.
Armstrong’s 252.5 passing yards per game and 285.8 yards of total offense per game both ranked second in the Big Ten, and 22 touchdown passes ranked third.
Armstrong started all 13 games and finished with 3,400 yards of total offense. He threw for 22 touchdowns and had 705 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. Armstrong opened the year with three consecutive 300-yard total offense games. He helped Nebraska tie the largest road comeback in school history in a 17-point rally at Iowa in the regular-season finale before setting Nebraska bowl records for passing yards (381), completions (32) and total offensive yards (422) in the Holiday Bowl vs. USC.
2013 (redshirt freshman)
Armstrong took over the starting quarterback role midway through the season and compiled a 7-1 record as the starter. Armstrong finished with 966 yards passing and nine touchdowns, while rushing for 202 yards and two scores.
2012 (Redshirt)Armstrong redshirted in his first season in the program in 2012.
Before Nebraska (Steele HS)
Armstrong threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns in the state quarterfinals, while also rushing for a touchdown. In a semifinal win, Armstrong had 139 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while passing for another score. Armstrong was named to the SanAntonio Express News All-Area team as an all-purpose player and was the District 25-5A Offensive MVP.
Armstrong also earned first-team all-district honors as a junior, when he led Cibolo Steele to a 14-2 record and a Class 5A Division II state championship. Armstrong ran for more than 500 yards and eight touchdowns, while passing for1,343 yards and 19 touchdowns with just two interceptions.
Armstrong was regarded as the No. 5 quarterback in the country and 18th-best overall prospect in the state of Texas by Scout.com. Armstrong played in the Offense-Defense Bowl in Arlington, Texas, following his senior season. He only visited Nebraska, but had offers from coast to coast, including Georgia Tech, Oregon, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, TCU and UCLA.
» Team Captain (2015)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Media, Coaches, 2016)
» 4-Time Big Ten Player of the Week (twice in 2015; twice in 2016)
» 2015 Foster Farms Bowl Offensive MVP
» Honorable-Mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013)
» Big Ten Freshman of the Week (vs. Michigan, 2013)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2012)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016)
Games Played/Started – 45/44
Passing – 625-of-1,172 for 8,871 yards, 67 TDs, 44 INTs
Rushing – 423 carries for 2,286 yards, 23 TDs
#1 Jordan Westerkamp
Honors & Awards
» Biletnikoff Award Watch List (2016)
2016 GUY CHAMBERLIN TROPHY WINNER
Jordan Westerkamp was one of the most prolific receivers in Nebraska history. He ended his career with 167 catches for 2,474 yards and 18 touchdowns. He ranks second all-time at Nebraska in receptions and fourth in receiving yards and touchdown receptions. Westerkamp caught a pass in each of his final 36 games – the second-longest streak in NU history – and his eight career 100-yard receiving games tied for the second most in Husker history.
Westerkamp entered his senior season on track to become Nebraska’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, but injuries limited his production. Westerkamp missed three games due to injury and finished the year with 38 catches for 526 yards and five touchdowns, leading the team in all three categories. He earned third-team All-Big Ten accolades despite his injuries.
Westerkamp played in all 13 games and led the team with 65 receptions for 918 yards and seven touchdowns. His 918 receiving yards were just 24 shy of the NU season yardage record and his 65 catches were the most ever for a Nebraska wide receiver and second-most by any player in school history. His 11 catches against Southern Miss tied for the third-most receptions in Nebraska history.
He recorded four 100-yard receiving games to tie a Nebraska season record. Westerkamp ranked sixth in the Big Ten in both receptions (5.0) and receiving yards per game (70.6) to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors.
Westerkamp started nine games and was second on the team with 44 receptions for 747 yards and five touchdowns. His receiving yardage and receptions totals both ranked just outside of the top 10 on the Nebraska single-season charts. He had 100-yard receiving games against Florida Atlantic and Michigan State, setting a career-high with 158 receiving yards at MSU, the fifth-highest total in school history.
2013 (redshirt freshman)
Westerkamp played in all 13 games, with a start against Georgia, and had 20 receptions for 283 yards and a touchdown. He was NU’s top punt returner for much of the season. His lone touchdown catch of 2013 will go down in Husker history, coming on a 49-yard Hail Mary pass to defeat Northwestern.
Westerkamp redshirted in his first season in the program in 2012.
Westerkamp is the son of Robert and Kimberly Westerkamp and was born on June 23, 1994. His father also starred at Montini Catholic and collegiately at Illinois. Westerkamp is a management major and has earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll five times. Westerkamp has twice been named to both the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship teams. Westerkamp has volunteered for numerous outreach events, including Uplifting Athletes, Husker Hotline, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60, and School is Cool Week.
» Team Captain (2015, 2016)
» Second-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media, AP, 2015)
» Third-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches, 2016)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Media, 2016)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2013, 2014, 2016)
» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013)
» Big Ten Freshman of the Week (vs. Northwestern, 2013)
» Four-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» ESPN College Football Play of the Year (Reception vs. Florida Atlantic, 2014)
» Sports Science Newton Award for Outstanding Reaction (2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016)
Games Played/Started – 49/16
Receiving – 167 catches for 2,474 yards, 18 TDs
#52 Josh Banderas
Honors & Awards
» Captain 2016
#27 Sam Foltz
Honors & Awards
» 2016 Cletus Fischer Native Son Award
2016 CLETUS FISCHER NATIVE SON AWARD CO-WINNER
Josh Banderas appeared in 47 games with 31 starts in his four-year Husker career. A 2016 team captain and honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection, Banderas totaled 232 tackles in his career with 20 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and three pass breakups. His 232 career tackles rank 19th in Nebraska history.
Banderas started 12 games and led Nebraska with 93 tackles in 2016 en route to honorable-mention All-Big Ten recognition. In addition to his career-high 93 tackles, Banderas set a career high with eight tackles for loss, and he added a half sack and three quarterback hurries. Banderas had at least nine tackles in six of his final eight games, including three games with at least 11 tackles.
Banderas started nine games at middle linebacker, including each of the final seven games. He missed four of the first six games with a groin injury, but ranked among Nebraska’s top tacklers with 61 stops. Banderas tied for second on the team with seven tackles for loss.
Banderas had six tackles and two TFL against BYU in the season opener, but was injured in the game causing him to miss four of the next five games. Banderas totaled at least nine tackles in his first four games following the injury, including three games with double-figure tackles.
Banderas played in 12 games with six starts. He finished with 50 tackles, including 19 solo stops. He had at least four tackles in five games, highlighted by a career-high 14 tackles against USC in the Holiday Bowl and 10 tackles vs. McNeese State.
Banderas played in every game and made four starts as a true freshman. He totaled 28 tackles, including 12 solo stops, with two sacks and three tackles for loss. Banderas was named a true freshman All-American by 247 Sports, and he had a season-high 11 tackles vs. UCLA.
Games Played/Started – 47/31
Tackles – 105 solo, 127 assisted, 232 total (20 TFLs, 2.5 sacks)
Sam Foltz was a preseason candidate for the Ray Guy Award and was expected to be one of the nation's top punters in 2016 before he tragically lost his life in an automobile accident on July 23, 2016. The 2015 Eddelman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year, Foltz died after attending a kicking camp near Waukesha, Wis. He was 22 years old.
A native of Greeley, Neb., Foltz earned his degree in agronomy in May of 2016 and was set to play his senior season as a graduate student. Foltz was a three-year starting punter for the Huskers, and his career average of 42.6 yards per punt ranked fifth all-time at Nebraska.
Foltz was also a standout in the classroom and in the community. He was a five-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and earned a spot on both the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship teams in 2016. Foltz also was awarded a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2016, which recognizes exceptional leadership, consistent and dedicated community service and positive influence on the team.
Foltz was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance against McNeese State. He averaged 51.2 yards per punt and trapped the Cowboys inside their 20-yard line four times. Against Northwestern, all five of Foltz’s punts pinned the Wildcats inside their own 20-yard line. Foltz had three punts of more than 50 yards against Purdue, pinning the Boilermakers inside their own 20 three times, and inside the 10 twice.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Before Nebraska (Grand Island HS)
On offense, Foltz teamed up with fellow Husker Ryker Fyfe to make up one of the most dangerous passing duos in the state. Foltz caught 39 passes for 686 yards and 10 touchdowns as senior. He was also a valuable asset on special teams, where he was member of the Lincoln Journal Star Super State team as a senior punter.
Foltz had 60 total tackles and five interceptions as a junior. Foltz also competed in track and field, earning a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the 2012 state track and field meet. Foltz caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Fyfe in the 2012 Shrine Bowl. Foltz chose to walk on at Nebraska over scholarship offers from South Dakota State, Northwest Missouri State, Nebraska-Kearney and South Dakota.
» Punts - 9 at Illinois, vs. Wisconsin (2015)
» Punting Average - 51.2 vs. McNeese State (2014)
» Inside 20 - 5 at Northwestern (2014)
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