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Zach Sterup
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Zach Sterup 745778
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 320
Year: Junior
Hometown: Hastings, Neb.
High School: Hastings St. Cecilia

Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring, 2012)

Tackle Zach Sterup is one of Nebraska’s most veteran returnees on the offensive line for the 2015 season. The 6-8, 320-pound Sterup started 10 games at right tackle in 2014, and helped Nebraska rank in the top 20 nationally in both scoring offense and rushing offense.

Sterup started 10 games as a junior, but battled through knee injuries on both ends of the season. The second of those knee injuries caused him to miss the final two games and will limit him during spring practice. A healthy Sterup in the fall would give Nebraska four senior tackles with game experience, joining Alex Lewis, Givens Price and Matt Finnin.     

2014 (Junior)
Sterup started 10 games at right tackle, missing the season opener against Florida Atlantic after minor knee surgery and sitting out the final two games following another knee procedure.

Sterup was a key part of an offensive line that helped senior running back Ameer Abdullah to a record-setting season, in which Abdullah became Nebraska’s career leader in all-purpose yardage, while ranking second in rushing yards. Abdullah had four 200-yard rushing games in 2014. Sterup and his offensive line teammates were also one of the Big Ten’s best units at protecting the quarterback.

2013 (Sophomore)
Sterup played in 11 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 five 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.

2011 (Redshirt)
Sterup redshirted in his first season and was a standout on the scout team line.

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 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, which also listed him as the top player in Nebraska. 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 before Sterup’s arrival. Sterup has since been passed by fellow offensive tackle David Knevel who stands 6-9.

Sterup also starred in basketball 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.

Sterup was born on May 14, 1992, and is the son of Doug Sterup and Mary Sterup-Walsh. He is majoring in economics/finance and was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2012 in addition to being a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Sterup has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Hotline and team hospital visits.

Career Stats
» Games Played – 25 (4 in 2012; 11 in 2013; 10 in 2014)
» Games Started – 10 (all in 2014)
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