Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring, 2012)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
Sophomore Zach Sterup is a key part of a collection of young talent on the offensive line who are looking to take a step forward in 2013. One of the largest Huskers at 6-8 and 315 pounds, Sterup should compete for playing time at tackle behind senior returnees Jeremiah Sirles, Brent Qvale and Andrew Rodriguez.
Sterup has made outstanding progress in the Husker strength and conditioning program since his arrival in Lincoln in 2011. Sterup has added nearly 50 pounds, giving him the needed strength to play offensive line in the Big Ten.
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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