Laurie Bollig

Interns, leaders, academic standouts - Football candidates are prepared for graduation

by Laurie Bollig October 12, 2011 in Football

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Candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in football have made names for themselves not only on the gridiron but also in the classroom and the community. Here are just a few of the ways they are standing out as senior leaders:

> Northern Illinois’s Chandler Harnish has served an internship in the Huskies’ athletics marketing office.

> Washington State’s Jared Karstetter served a microbiology lab internship and was a traumatic brain injury research assistant. He will enter dental school following his football career.

> Nebraska’s Jared Crick is a two-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship team for his community service for the Huskers.

> Penn State’s Nate Supar interned with a video crew at Camp Woodward – nationally known for its gymnastics and extreme sports training.

> Georgia’s Drew Butler, Navy’s John Dowd and Notre Dame’s David Ruffer were first-team ESPN CoSIDA Academic All-Americans last year.

> Texas’s Emmanuel Acho and his family have made several medical mission trips to his native Nigeria. The family would like to build a permanent clinic.

> Arkansas’s Jake Bequette finished his bachelor’s degree in finance in three years, was accepted to law school and has deferred his enrollment so he can work on a master’s degree.

> Virginia’s Chase Minnifield finished his degree in sociology in three-and-a-half year and is now pursuing a master’s degree in the school of education.

> Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins was a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team in 2010. Acho and Crick are members of the 2011 team.

> Northwestern’s Dan Persa has been a member of the 10-player Leadership Council for four years.