Nov. 4, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University wide receiver Jared Karstetter has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2011 ARA Sportsmanship Award, presented annually by the Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) and given to one outstanding NCAA Division I collegiate football player who best personifies the spirit of sportsmanship. The 2011 Sportsmanship Award recipient will be chosen from 10 finalists and announced later this month.
This most recent honor adds to an impressive fall for the Cougar senior, who late last month was named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, one of 16 nationally to be recognized with a $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. He was also one of 30 to be recognized with the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Hailing from Spokane, Wash., Karstetter earned 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.
Quickly climbing Washington State's record book, Karstetter ranks sixth in school history with 143 career grabs, and he is tied for sixth with 16 touchdown catches. In 2011, he is third on the squad with 37 receptions for 418 yards and four touchdowns for the Cougars. A two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 pick, Karstetter grabbed 62 passes for 658 yards with seven touchdowns as a junior, and hauled in 38 passes for 540 yards and six scores as a sophomore.
Karstetter, a zoology major who intends to become a dentist, is in the process of submitting a senior thesis study on the correlation between neck strength and concussions among athletes. He has also served as a microbiology lab intern where he performed gel electrophoreses and protein purification. Karstetter is a peer academic counselor at WSU, a frequent visitor at Shriner's Children's Hospital, a Reading Buddies and Hoopfest volunteer and an assistant with Butch's Bash Christmas party for local children.
Karstetter is the third Cougar in the past five years to be an ARA finalist, joining former teammate Chima Nwachukwu (2010) and Alex Brink, who ended up being the national winner in 2007. Previous winners are Arizona Cardinals and former University of Texas defensive end, Sam Acho (2010); Miami Dolphin and former Kansas State University tight end, Jeron Mastrud (2009), Chicago Bears and former Northwestern University receiver Eric Peterman (2008); Brink, who currently plays for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers; Cincinnati Bengals and former Rutgers University fullback, Brian Leonard (2006) and, Carolina Panthers and former University of Memphis running back, DeAngelo Williams (2005).
"We were the lucky ones in our seventh year of reviewing candidates for the sportsmanship award," said ARA President Guy Barone. "This is a solid list of impressive young men who live and breathe positive sportsmanship on and off the field. As the only national award that recognizes an athlete's character and leadership as it translates to sportsmanship, the ARA Sportsmanship Award was created seven years ago to shed light on these important traits."
To qualify for the award, an athlete must be a starting player or significant contributor on his team; be in good academic standing; demonstrate great respect for competitors, school, teammates and coaches; show an ability to accept victory and defeat graciously; convey a high degree of humility and integrity; and demonstrate commitment in the classroom and to the community.