Laurie Bollig

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

by Laurie Bollig October 12, 2011 in Football


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.