|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 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, as well as all of 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.
A two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice, Sterup is on track to earn his degree in economics/finance in December.
Sterup started 10 games at right tackle, missing the season opener against Florida Atlantic after minor knee surgery and sat 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. 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.
Sterup played in 11 games, seeing action both at offensive tackle and on the field goal and PAT units. He saw extensive action at tackle in the final five games 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 season and was a standout on the scout team line.
Before Nebraska (Hastings St. Cecilia HS)
Sterup was a standout 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 13-0 season. 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 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 was among the team leaders in scoring and rebounding in basketball 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.
The son of Doug Sterup and Mary Sterup-Walsh, Zach was born on May 14, 1992. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Hotline and team hospital visits.
» Games Played – 25 (4 in 2012; 11 in 2013; 10 in 2014)
» Games Started – 10 (all in 2014)