By Daneysse Daniels
Washington State senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter has been nominated for and received many prestigious awards during his career as a Cougar.
To name a few: 2010 Capital One Academic All-District VIII First Team selection, candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Semifinalist for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy and a candidate for The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 2011 National Scholar-Athlete Awards.
Karstetter also recently moved into WSU's top-10 for career receptions and is on the verge of moving into the top-10 for career touchdown catches.
Head coach Paul Wulff said the recognition is well deserved.
"He is one of the most intense competitors that I've been around," Wulff said. "He competes in everything that he does, not just sports, but everything. He deserves every award he can get because they are well-earned."
The Campbell Trophy - an award given to the American college football player with the best combination of academics, community-service, as well as on-field performance - has nominated Karstetter because he has volunteered his time visiting children at the Shriners Hospital in his hometown of Spokane, alongside serving as a student panelist for pre-health advising and a peer academic counselor at WSU.
Karstetter said he is grateful to be nominated for the awards.
"I feel privileged, and I'm really honored to be blessed with that nomination," Karstetter said. "I think that speaks a lot about all the people that have helped me get to this point, and I'm grateful for all the support that I have gotten from the Cougars and all the people that have helped me here on campus."
Growing up in Spokane, Wash., Karstetter was a three-sport athlete while attending Ferris High School. Karstetter excelled in basketball, earning three letters, serving as team captain, and leading the team to the 2007 state championship. Karstetter also earned three letters as a sprinter on the Ferris High Track team, but said football has always been his first love.
"I always wanted to play football. That was my favorite growing up," Karstetter said. "Like most kids I played other sports; I played basketball and ran track but at the end of the day, football was my first love."
Aside from the honors he earned in other sports, Karstetter truly shined on the football field. During his junior year of high school, Karstetter caught 71 passes for a total of 1,002 yards and 12 touchdowns. During his senior year, Karstetter caught 61 passes for 758 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Karstetter said when it was time to decide on a college, it came down to the conference it was in, as well as how close to home it was.
"I chose WSU at first because it was in the Pac-10, now Pac-12, and it is a great conference, one of the best conferences in the nation for sure," Karstetter said. "It was close to home with my family and stuff like that, so I just wanted to be close to home and be able to share this experience with them."
Throughout Karstetter's collegiate career, he said his best memory is the 2008 Apple Cup in which the Cougars won the battle against Washington. In that game, Karstetter's biggest catch was a 48-yard reception from then-quarterback Kevin Lopina in the final minute of regulation, which set up the game-tying field goal.
Over the years he's spent on the WSU campus, Karstetter said he has learned to deal with different adversities he has had to face, and that he has learned that every day, no matter what the case, you have to come out and execute.
"The biggest lesson has been to just come out every day and work hard, focus on the little things and to execute them," Karstetter said. "Whether it's in the classroom, or at work, or out here on the field. It's like a daily routine that you kind of have to get yourself into. You can't take days off. You have to come out and work hard every day."
Karstetter currently holds a 3.61 grade point average and is pursuing a degree in zoology, and said after his football career he wants to go into the medical field.
"I want to go to dental school after I'm done playing," Karstetter said. "I want to play for as long as I possibly can, but after that I want to go to school for medicine with an emphasis in dentistry."
Wulff said over the years Karstetter has truly grown into a great young man.
"He just does all the right things, in the class room, on and off the field, and in the locker room," Wulff said. "He is the model that you try and put up there for everyone to emulate, and I couldn't speak any higher of him."