LINCOLN — Nebraska receiver Jordan Westerkamp and offensive tackle Nick Gates were named third-team All-Big Ten selections Wednesday as the league released its offensive units.
Westerkamp had his senior year interrupted by a back injury that forced him to miss two midseason games but still led the Huskers with 38 receptions for 526 yards and five touchdowns.
Westerkamp will head into the bowl game with 167 receptions in 49 career games, which ranks No. 2 on the NU all-time list behind Kenny Bell at 181. The 6-foot, 200-pound receiver from Lombard, Illinois, was a second-team All-Big Ten selection a year ago when he had a career-high 65 catches.
Westerkamp was a third-team pick by Big Ten coaches. Gates was a third-team pick according to league news media.
Gates is only a sophomore but already has made 22 career starts and moved from right tackle to left tackle after last season to replace Alex Lewis. The 6-5, 290-pound lineman from Las Vegas a year ago was named to Big Ten all-freshman teams by BTN.comand ESPN.com.
Westerkamp and Gates joined safety Nate Gerry as the Huskers’ only All-Big Ten honorees. Gerry on Tuesday was named a second-team pick (media) and third-team selection (coaches).
NU offensive players receiving honorable mention Wednesday were quarterback Tommy Armstrong, tight end Cethan Carter and I-back Terrell Newby.
Penn State tailback Saquon Barkley was named the Big Ten offensive player of the year. The Nittany Lions will play Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday night.
The offensive lineman of the year was Ohio State center Pat Elflein. The senior is among three finalists for the Outland Trophy, which will be awarded next month in Omaha.