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PULLMAN – Jared Karstetter has led Washington State in receptions and touchdown catches two straight years, but that hardly does justice to his overall impact on the program.

"With Jared Karstetter , in recruiting you would say, ‘OK, get a bus, go find a hundred of 'em (like Karstetter) and we'll be really happy,'" offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy said.

"Fill the bus up, bring the bus back and you'll win a lot of games. Plus, you'll have some guys that date all the coaches' daughters. Guys that are going to be good students. You know what I'm saying? He's one of those guys. You trust him. He's a leader on campus, he's a leader in the classroom, a leader in the community, a leader on the football team, got an outstanding work ethic."

Not only has Karstetter made honorable mention All-Pac-10 the past two years, but he's also made All-Pac-10 All-Academic both years (first team last season, second team in 2009). The senior wide receiver from Spokane is a zoology major with a lofty 3.6 grade point average, even though his classes include pre-medical and pre-dental courses.

"He's the type of guy you could build a program around," coach Paul Wulff said. "Just his strength of character and his competitiveness. "He's a perfect student-athlete. His parents did a good job."

Karstetter, an excellent blocker at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, set career highs last season with 62 receptions, 658 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches. He hopes to enjoy a long and successful NFL career before pursuing a career in dentistry, but first he wants to help the Cougars play in a bowl game in 2011.

"Anything less than that is underachieving for what we think our potential is," Karstetter said. "We could play with teams last year when we played well. We've got a ton of guys back. We've got a close-knit group of guys. We care about each other."

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-- JC's determined: Two freshmen recruits who failed to qualify academically have signed on with Top 25 junior colleges. Offensive lineman Wendell Taiese will play for fifth-ranked Arizona Western. Tight end Brock Lutes has joined 12th-ranked Iowa Western.

Freshman defensive lineman Demetrius Cherry, another academic casualty, is set to play juco ball at Contra Costa in San Pablo, Calif.

Wulff said he remains confident the NCAA Eligibility Center (originally called the Clearinghouse) will give the academic OK to wide receiver-kick returner Rahmel Dockery and offensive lineman Alex Mitchell. Neither freshman is eligible to practice until that clearance is given. Wulff said both may redshirt.

-- Alcohol served: Invited guests at the new IMG hospitality tent in the west end grandstands will be able to enjoy beer, wine or spirits prior to the game and at halftime. IMG is the Cougars' marketing partner. Beer, wine and food will again be available for the general public in the Hollingbery Fieldhouse prior to games.

-- Norrell sighting: Kevin Norrell, a part-time starter for the Cougars as a freshman in 2008, has popped up at Stony Brook (N.Y). The Seawolves play in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly NCAA Division I-AA). Norrell sat out the 2009 season after being dismissed by the Cougars following a DUI incident. The speedy wide receiver initially accepted an invitation to rejoin the team in 2010, but he wound up playing junior college ball at El Camino (Calif.). He had 23 catches for 419 yards and one touchdown.

-- Bush Honored: Mike Bush, a talented wide receiver and basketball player at WSU, was named a third-team All-West Coast minor leagues (semipro) receiver by Western Football News. Bush, 32, and the Silverdale-based Kitsap Bears play the Pacifica (Calif.) Islanders for a semipro national championship Saturday in Lake Tahoe, Nev.

-- CFL Cougs: Two Cougars, quarterback Alex Brink and offensive tackle Joe Eppelle, are spending their second seasons as CFL reserves with Winnipeg and Toronto, respectively.

Mike Reilly, who redshirted at WSU before blossoming into an NCAA Division II All-American at Central Washington, has yet to appear in a game in two years as a reserve quarterback with British Columbia.

Johnny Forzani, a raw but explosive wide receiver during his one season at WSU in 2009, is second on the Calgary Stampeders with 21 catches and 330 receiving yards in seven games in the Canadian Football League. Forzani failed to qualify academically in 2010. He saw limited action as a rookie with the Stampeders last season.

J.C. Sherritt, a Pullman High standout who starred at Eastern Washington after turning down a walk-on offer from WSU, ranks second in the CFL with 45 tackles. The 5-10, 215-pound linebacker is a rookie with Edmonton.

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