LINCOLN, Neb — Jordan Westerkamp is back at practice and feels good, and for the first time in three games Nebraska’s best receiver will be lined up in the slot for the Huskers on Saturday at Wisconsin. But let’s get to the real news.
Westerkamp, the Chicago-native and die-hard Chicago Blackhawks fan, isn’t a fan of the Chicago Cubs.
“I actually grew up a St. Louis Cardinals fans,” Westerkamp said with a sly smile after practice on Wednesday. “I’m cheering for the Cubs now but I’m not like a full-on fan.”
Wide receiver, captain, unabashed bandwagoner?
“Yeah, I totally am,” Westerkamp said.
The Cubs lost the opening game of the World Series to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Westerkamp watched, but he hasn’t always.
He remembers his first game at Wrigley Field. His parents took him there all the time when he was young, he said. But when the Cardinals came to town, that’s when his true colors came out.
At Wrigley, when Westerkamp’s family was decked out in Cubs gear, little Jordan stood out in Cardinals red.
“Used to watch Mark McGwire kick the crap out of the Cubs,” Westerkamp said. “It was great.”
In Lincoln, Westerkamp says he’s fully back after suffering a deep tissue bruise against Illinois on Oct. 1. Westerkamp said the past few weeks he’s become “best friends” with the trainers in the training room and feels like he’s now 100 percent.
“It’s been nice to get back out here and get that rhythm back and I feel like I haven’t missed a beat,” Westerkamp.
Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said he hasn’t seen anything wrong with Westerkamp this week, which means one of the most prolific receivers will be back on the field on Saturday.
Which also means Westerkamp will miss Game 4 of the World Series. But he’ll still be cheering.
“Now that they’re doing so well I gotta cheer for them,” Westerkamp said. “This only happens what, once every 100 years?”