The 2011 Report: One of nation's top returning receivers ... One of eight Big Ten players on the 2011 Biletnikoff Award watch list ... Preseason All-Big Ten wide receiver selection by The Sporting News ... Named a preseason first-team All-Big Ten pick by Athlon Sports and Lindy's and a second-team pick by Phil Steele's ... A dynamic player who gives NU a bonafide big-play threat ... Leader of a talented wide receiving corps ... Had a breakout 2010 campaign, and is expected to lead NU's receiving game once again ... Great all-around athlete ... Former prep quarterback.
2011:Started 35 career games, including the last 26 contests ... Played in 52 career games ... Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and an honorable mention nod from the coaches ... Named to 2011 Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list ... Also named to the Pony Express Award watch list (honors nation's top two- or three-player tandems) ... Became just the third player in NU history to go over 1,000 receiving yards in a season (and the fourth time it has been accomplished, twice by NU's D'Wayne Bates) ... Ranked 40th nationally (fourth in Big Ten) in receiving yards per game (81.5) and 44th nationally (third in Big Ten) in receptions per game (5.77) ... Closed career with 173 receptions and 21 TD's, which both rank third on NU's all-time list ... Became just the fifth player in NU history to top the 2,000-yard mark for career receiving yards in the Nebraska game ... Caught a team-most four receptions for 54 yards at Boston College ... His second catch at BC gave him 100 for his career ... His streak of consecutive games with at least one reception came to an end as 21 games when he did record a catch vs. Eastern Illinois (Sept. 10) ... Has been on quite a tear since the Army game on Sept. 17--60 catches for 932 yards and 10 TD's ... Had five receptions for 76 yards and a career-best three TD grabs at Illinois, and six catches for 108 yards (his fourth career 100-yard game) and two TD's at Army ... His first TD at Army was a spectacular leaping 14-yard grab in the back of the end zone and the second was a 62-yard score that included roughly 50 yards-after-catch ... Named team's offensive player of the game as well as offensive big playmaker of the game vs. Army, and team's offensive player of the week vs. Illinois ... Equaled a previous career high with 11 receptions (86 yards) vs. Michigan ... Recognized by College Football Performance for his efforts vs. the Wolverines ... Established a career best with 13 catches for 107 yards and a TD at Iowa ... Named team's offensive big playmaker vs. the Hawkeyes ... Caught five passes for 109 yards, including a 54-yard pass play (longest against the Penn State defense during the regular season) ... Caught just one pass at Indiana, but his 29-yard grab went for a TD ... At Nebraska, rang up a then-career-high 147 receiving yards (six catches) on the strength of his 81-yard scoring play from Kain Colter ... Garnered Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Nebraska ... Named NU's offensive big playmaker against the Cornhuskers ... Tabbed NU's offensive player of the game for his career-best performance (208 receiving yards) against Rice ... That was just fifth 200-yard-or-better receiving effort in school history ... Totaled seven catches (a 29.3 yards per reception average) against the Owls, with the highlight catch being his 90-yard score--the second-longest catch in NU history (that coming on the heels of his 81-yard TD score against Nebraska) ... Caught six passes for 62 yards vs. Minnesota ... Closed regular season with seven receptions for 39 yards and a TD against Michigan State ... Had four receptions for 35 yards vs. Texas A&M in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas ... In Big Ten-only games ranked second among all Big Ten players with 54 receptions.
2010: Started all 13 games ... NU's leading receiver (62 receptions for 953 yards) ... First-team All-Big Ten selection by conference media, honorable mention selection by coaches ... Led the Big Ten and ranked 38th nationally with 73.3 receiving yards per game ... Finished fifth in the conference and tied for 59th nationally in receptions per game (4.8) ... ESPN.com All-Big Ten selection ... Named to Phil Steele's first-team Midseason and Postseason All-Big Ten squads ... First-team All-Big Ten offensive choice by College Football News ... Six of his eight TD catches in 2010 covered 20 or more yards ... Caught three passes for 34 yards in TicketCity Bowl ... Three receptions for 43 yards at Wisconsin ... Recorded two catches for 27 yards vs. Illinois ... Against Iowa, caught six passes for 60 yards and one touchdown ... Led NU with 111 yards receiving on six catches at Penn State, his fifth game this season with 98 or more yards through the air ... Caught two touchdowns (11 and 30 yards) in NU's 20-17 win at Indiana, finishing with 98 yards on five receptions ... Two catches for 20 yards vs. Michigan State ... Also completed a 28-yard pass to to Sidney Stewart vs. MSU ... Set career highs against Purdue with 11 receptions for 124 yards ... At Minnesota, caught seven passes for 105 yards, including a 25-yard fourth-quarter TD grab ... His jump-ball TD at Minnesota was tabbed ESPN's fourth-best play on its daily "Plays of the Day" ... First career two-touchdown game vs. Central Michigan, scoring on strikes of 24 and 25 yards and finishing with five catches for 83 yards ... Caught four passes for 82 yards at Rice, including a 32-yard touchdown ... Three catches for 67 yards vs. Illinois State ... NU's leading receiver at Vanderbilt, catching five passes for 99 yards with one touchdown, a 33-yard reception for NU's first touchdown of the season ... Also had one carry for 11 yards, finishing with 111 all-purpose yards ... Named NU's Offensive Player of the Game for Rice, Central Michigan and Minnesota games and the Offensive Big Playmaker against Vandy, Purdue and Indiana.
2009: Played in all 13 games with four starts ... Offseason surgery (hip) slowed his production earlier in the season ... In his four starts, had 15 catches for 162 yards ... Finished sixth on NU's reception list with 21 catches .. Turned in his best performance of the year in the Outback Bowl with six receptions for 64 yards ... Had four catches for 44 yards vs. Wisconsin ... Two catches for 26 yards at Illinois, including a season-long 19-yard reception ... One grab for six yards at Iowa ... Against Penn State, brought in one pass for a 10-yard gain ... One catch for five yards against Indiana ... At Michigan State, caught one pass for 12 yards ... Caught one pass for 12 yards vs. Minnesota ... Two catches for 26 yards at Syracuse ... Against Eastern Michigan, made one catch for seven yards ... Caught one pass for eight yards against Towson.
2008: Finished season with 161 receiving yards on 15 catches with two TD's ... Made his debut vs. Syracuse, catching a 16-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Bachér in the second quarter for his first collegiate career catch ... Finished with two receptions for 21 yards ... Also contributed on special teams ... Caught one pass against Southern Illinois for 4 yards ... Against Ohio, returned his first career kickoff for 18 yards and recorded two special teams tackles ... Had a 5-yard catch vs. MSU ... Against Purdue, led the team in receiving yards (55 on four catches) and hauled in a 30-yard catch from Bachér ... At Indiana, caught two passes for 24 yards ... Grabbed a season-long 36-yard touchdown pass from Mike Kafka on NU's opening drive at Minnesota and finished with 48 yards receiving on three catches to earn team offensive big playmaker honors ... Set career highs for kickoff returns (two), kickoff return yards (34) and long return (20 yards) against Ohio State ... Also caught two passes for 4 yards vs. the Buckeyes ... Recorded one tackle in 2008 Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri.
High School:SuperPrep All-Midwest and PrepStar honorable mention All-Midwest Region selection ... Played quarterback in high school, but will move to wide receiver in college ... Ranked 80th among all players in SuperPrep Ohio player ranking ... Ranked 185th-best wide receiver nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... 2007 Ohio Capital Conference MVP ... Two-time first-team all-conference quarterback ... 2007 Columbus Area Football MVP ... 2006 Columbus Area Super 25 Team ... Two-time all-district selection (2006-07) ... This Week Newspaper Columbus Area Player of the Year for 2007 ... Panthers' 2007 team MVP ... For career, rushed for 2,692 yards (6.48 ypc on 415 attempts) and 26 TD's, while throwing for 3,835 yards (278-of-537) for 30 TD's ... Led the Panthers to their first playoff berth in school history in 2007 as Hilliard Darby reached the regional finals and finished 11-2 ... In regional final game, completed 21-of-29 passes for 321 yards and 4 TD's, and had 101 rushing yards on 18 carries ... Team captain ... Team won the 2007 Ohio Capital Conference title ... As a sophomore, helped team finish with the school's first winning season (6-4) ... Selected to play in a pair of all-star games: Ohio's North-South game and the Central Ohio game ... Also lettered in basketball (shooting guard) and track (sprints) ... Honor Roll all four years ... Coached by Paul Jenne.
Personal: Born Jeremy J. Ebert ... Son of Chip and Colleen Ebert, and Joanie Hershiser ... Father, Chip, is the athletics director at Darby ... Learning and organizational change major.
The Ebert File
Q: Name five favorite songs (and artist) on your I-Pod: A: Farmers Daughter by Rodney Adkins; About an Hour Ago by O.A.R.; No Rain by Blind Melon; You and Me by Dave Matthews Band; Son's Gonna Rise by Citizen Cope Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be and why? A: My grandma Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned? A: No regrets, tomorrow is never promised Q: A song that best describes you and why? A: Jeremy by Pearl Jam, self-explanatory Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is: A: I took three years of ceramics in high school, I can do some damage with some clay Q: My favorite place to visit is and why? A: Siesta Key, Fla., because I have gone there my entire life and it is still just as awesome. Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester on the team and why? A: Brian Peters, because he basically messes with everyone on the team, and knows about every movie line imaginable. Q: My favorite thing about NU is and why? A: There are plenty of places to eat in the surrounding area, and the beach in the summer. Q: Best part about being a Northwestern football player is: A: My teammates, just a great group of people I get to spend a lot of time with. Q: Describe Coach Fitzgerald in five words or less: A: Determined, Focused, Intense Q: Describe your position coach in five words or less: A: Determined, Passionate, Particulate Q: Most humbling experience: A: Going on hospital visits throughout college to visit patients Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement and why? A: Being a student-athlete and Northwestern, because it was my dream since I was little to play college football. Q: The best book I have ever read is and why? A: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, it's a really cool book, very interesting Q: The person that inspires me the most is: A: My dad, because he has pushed me and shaped me into the man I am today Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be: A: Bernie Kosar for Cleveland Browns Q: My favorite pregame ritual is: A: I like to sit in the hot tub, or take a shower before games. Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick and why? A: Tony Stark, Ironman Q: My favorite food is: A: Double Stuffed Oreo's with a glass of milk Q: My favorite thing about playing at Ryan Field is: A: Night games, there is always a big crowd and the place is usually rocking. Q: Best thing about Northwestern is: A: Education Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: A: Game-winning, one-handed touchdown catch, dragging one foot in bounds. Q: My favorite television show is and why? A: Deadliest Catch, what they do is nuts. Q: If I were not playing football, I would be: A: Somewhere that is warm, and water was close by so I could go fishing. Q: The three words that best describe me: A: Laid-back, motivated, funny Q: My football-related superstition is: A: I have to drink a yellow or orange Gatorade before each game Q: If the Big Ten expands, pick one school you'd like to see added and why? A: All of them would be fine, I really don't have favorite Q: Which FORMER NU football student-athlete has had the most impact on your Wildcat career and why? A: Andrew Brewer has had the most impact on me because he was the first person I met, and kind of took me under his wing, and we were locker buddies for two years.