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Nate Stupar

School

Penn State

Position
Linebacker
Major
Film-Video

Classroom

Stupar graduated in May with a 3.64 GPA in Film-Video, and he’s now enrolled in a second major, Sociology. After school he would like to direct films. A Dean’s List student throughout his career, Stupar has been selected Academic All-Big Ten three times and should be a strong candidate for Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors this fall. In 2010, he completed a summer internship with a video production crew at Camp Woodward, which is nationally known for gymnastics and extreme summer sports training.

Character

Stupar exhibits great sportsmanship during games and practices, and has never had any off-the-field issues. He is personable, friendly and always willing to sign autographs or take photos with fans after games or at community-service events.

Community

Stupar is one of the squad’s most active members in community-service activities. He has participated in the Student-Athlete Advisory Board reading program, THON Make-A-Wish program, THON Student-Athlete Pep Rally (THON is student-run organization that raises several million dollars annually for pediatric cancer patients/families) and Habitat for Humanity. He has also volunteered at the Pennsylvania Special Olympics State Summer Games and the Penn State Lift for Life, which is a fundraiser for Kidney Cancer Association that collected $198,00 over the last two years.

Competition

Stupar will again play a significant role for the Nittany Lions in 2011 on defense and special teams. He has played in all 39 games the past 3 seasons, helping Penn State to a 29-10 record, a Big Ten championship and three News Year’s Day bowl games. In 2010, he was third on the team with 73 tackles, starting seven games. He recorded 6.5 tackles for loss (fifth on team), with two sacks, one interception, a forced fumble and four pass breakups. He also has blocked two punts in his career.