Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring, 2012)
Junior Zach Sterup is among a group of Nebraska offensive linemen who are poised to step into a bigger role for the Huskers in 2014. The 6-8, 320-pound Sterup provided depth at offensive tackle last season, but was thrust into an important role in November as injuries ravaged the offensive line. Sterup responded well to his opportunity and showed he has the ability to be a productive Big Ten tackle the next two years.
Nebraska must replace three 2013 seniors who handled the majority of snaps at tackle last fall, and Sterup is a big part of that equation. The Hastings native spent the majority of spring practice holding down the right tackle spot with the top offensive unit. Sterup has added more than 50 pounds of muscle to his frame since he arrived in Lincoln three seasons ago. Sterup has also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors each of the past two seasons.
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. The play of the offensive line helped Ameer Abdullah rush for 1,690 yards in 2013.
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 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 Rivals.com, 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.
» Games Played– 15 (4 in 2012; 11 in 2013)