Nebraska junior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp won’t play in the Music City Bowl December 30. Head coach Mike Riley says the Lombard, Ill. native is out with a knee injury. Estimates say he’s a few months from football shape.
Sports can be cruel. This is a kid who has given so much to the program. His senior year has been riddled with injuries, and now he won’t get a final chance to go out with a good showing. Instead, his last performance will be four catches for 50 yards in a blowout regular season finale at Iowa.
Injury finally caught up with a kid who has optimized hard-nosed football in Lincoln. Nothing seems to scare him. He’s run routes over the middle and face hard questions after blowouts. All of it has been done with class. He’s taken whatever the game can conjures up in stride.
The bowl will be the third game he misses due to injury this year. That combined with a scrappy style of play may keep him from getting drafted. I hope I’m wrong. I also hope that if I’m right he signs as a free agent and has a prolific career in the Wes Welker mold. I hope he gets the final word, and not his bum knee.