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Nick Westbrook

School

Indiana University

Position
Wide Receiver
Major
Business Marketing

Classroom

A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Nick Westbrook is a business marketing major. He owns a 3.315 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Westbrook plans to study athletics administration upon the conclusion of his career and was a 2019 summer intern with the Indiana Department of Athletics Excellence Academy.

Character

This season, Westbrook was elected a captain by his teammates. Said Head Coach Tom Allen about Westbrook: “Nick is a fine young man who represents our university in a first-class manner. He does a great job in the classroom, in the community and on the football field. Nick’s a three-time Academic All-Big Ten performer who overcame an ACL injury to lead our team.”

Community

Westbrook is a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and a nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy. He visited with patients at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis in July 2019. He has been a volunteer for Everybody Plays, a sports program created by Indiana women’s soccer player Allison Jorden and supported by the IU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the IU Excellence Academy. The new program offers sports-themed events for athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities, creating a chance for them to interact and learn from current IU student-athletes. He also volunteered for Camp Riley, which empowers children with physical disabilities by providing life-changing experiences in a camp environment tailored to their individual needs.

Westbrook was also a Change the Play volunteer. Through this, Riley Children’s Health has partnered with Andrew Luck to bring kids together to tackle one of the growing concerns we face today: childhood nutrition and health. With Luck’s help, the initiative is encouraging kids to challenge themselves to make better choices when it comes to food and exercise.

He has also served as a Generosity Feeds volunteer, where he prepared meals for the homeless in Bloomington. He visited Heartstone Health, a senior living community in Bloomington. He has helped with the 2nd & 7 Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward. Westbrook also served the homeless a Christmas Meal at St. Anthony at the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl.

Westbrook has also visited with local school kids at Batchelor Middle School.

Competition

A two-time Biletnikoff Watch List member, Westbrook became the 19th Hoosier to reach 100 catches and 1,500 yards in his career in 2018. The fifth-year senior out of Lake Mary, Florida, owns a team-leading six 100-yard games, including a 103-yard effort in the season-opening Ball State win, and two multi-TD games. Westbrook reached the century mark on three receptions and carded his third-career 75-or-more yard score (75, 75, 79) against the Cardinals. He sustained a season-ending ACL injury on the opening kickoff of 2017, and bounced back to lead the team with 590 yards, 49.2 yards per game and 14.0 yards per grab in 2018. Westbrook also helped produce the Big Ten’s top deep passer rating (123.1), according to Pro Football Focus. He finished second with 42 catches (tied) and four scores. A 2016 honorable mention All-Big Ten pick, he was a 2017 preseason first-team all-leaguer and Street & Smith’s choice for best hands in the B1G after he caught 54 passes for an 18.4 average and six TDs. Westbrook came up five yards shy of becoming the seventh Hoosier to reach the 1,000-yard mark. His 995 yards are seventh in IU history. Westbrook is also on the Senior Bowl Watch List.

(All stats as of nomination time.)