Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring, 2012)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
Sophomore Zach Sterup was pushed into an important role in the stretch run of the regular season as injuries hit the Nebraska offensive line. The 6-8, 315-pound Sterup responded well to his opportunity and showed that he has the ability to be a productive Big Ten tackle in the years to come.
Sterup was Nebraska’s fourth tackle behind seniors Andrew Rodriguez, Jeremiah Sirles and Brent Qvale through the first eight games. However, Rodriguez was forced to move to guard in November and Sirles was hobbled by injury, giving Sterup significant snaps in the final month.
Sterup was one of 30 Huskers to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors, marking his second straight year earning that honor.
Sterup played in 10 games, seeing action both at offensive tackle and on the Huskers’ field goal and PAT units. He saw extensive action at tackle in the final four games of the year when injuries ravaged the offensive line.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman)
Sterup was a reserve at tackle and appeared in Nebraska’s wins over Southern Miss, Arkansas State, Idaho State and Minnesota.
Sterup redshirted in his first year in the program and worked on the scout team.
Before Nebraska (Hastings St. Cecilia HS)
Sterup was a standout performer for Coach Carl Tesmer at Hastings St. Cecilia High School, helping the Bluehawks to back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010. As a senior, Sterup led an offensive line that paved the way for more than 3,500 rushing yards en route to a second straight 13-0 season. In addition to his dominant play on the offensive line, Sterup also saw time on defense and racked up 58 tackles and four sacks.
Sterup was a first-team All-Nebraska pick by the Omaha World-Herald and a Super-State selection according to the Lincoln Journal Star. He was also the honorary captain of the C-2 all-state team by both newspapers. Sterup also earned first-team defensive all-state honors in Class C-1 as a junior, helping St. Cecilia to a perfect campaign before it moved classes in 2010.
Sterup was regarded as one of the top 30 offensive tackle prospects in the country by Rivals.com, which also listed him as the top player in Nebraska. At 6-8, Sterup was among the tallest Husker recruits ever, with 6-8 offensive tackle Tom Punt (1988-90) the tallest known football letterwinner in school history.
Sterup also starred in basketaball where he was among the team leaders in scoring and rebounding and helped the Bluehawks to a 19-6 record. St. Cecilia captured three straight Class C-1 basketball titles from 2008 to 2010. Sterup only visited Nebraska but had numerous other offers, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Stanford and UCLA.
Zach was born on May 14, 1992, and is the son of Doug Sterup and Mary Sterup-Walsh. He has not declared a major, but was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring semester.
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