Nov. 30, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State University wide receiver Jared Karstetter has been named the Pac-12 Conference Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday.
This most recent honor adds to an impressive fall for the Cougar senior, who has been named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, one of 16 nationally to be awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, along with a finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship Award and one of 30 to be recognized with the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
This season Karstetter, a native of Spokane, Wash., was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team, CoSIDA All-Academic District VIII First Team, while also All-Pac-12 honorable mention recognition, the third such honor of his career.
Karstetter finished his Cougar career ranked fourth in school history with 166 receptions and third with 19 touchdown catches. This past season he caught 60 passes for 700 yards and six touchdowns, ranking second on the team in all three categories. In his final game last Saturday against Washington, he caught nine passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
In addition to his year's achievements, Karstetter received Pac-10 All-Academic First Team honors in 2010 and Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2009. A three-time WSUCougars.com Student-Athlete of the Week, he is a President's Honor Roll member, a member of the WSU Athletics All-Academic Team from 2008-10, and he was named a Cougar Academic Top 50 Scholar-Athlete for 2010-11. Karstetter is a member of the WSU Honors College and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He was a First Team All-Academic District VIII honoree as a junior.
"It is always a challenge selecting the Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year because there are so many remarkable student-athletes in our Conference," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "The Pac-12 is extremely proud of its heritage of academic and athletic excellence and this group of student-athletes is an example of achieving balance and success at the highest levels."
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.
Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo® will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments. "Toyo is proud to support the Pac-12 and to acknowledge outstanding student-athletes for their efforts," said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. "By supporting today's achievers, we feel we are helping to grow tomorrow's leaders."
The Pac-12 Conference, in cooperation with Pac-12 corporate partner Toyo Tires, established the "Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by Toyo Tires" during the 2007-08 academic year.